Author name: Philippe Laiza

Phillippe rides trains daily—it's actually his day job. He shares his wisdom as a side gig for the sheer joy of it.

A Train Inspector Reveals: The Top Five Most Beautiful, Thrilling Rides in Switzerland

I can safely say I’ve gone everywhere on the Swiss rail network, and here’s the verdict: Most Swiss train rides are awe-inspiring. But some are merely great, a handful are overrated, and a few simply suck. For the past nine years I’ve been taking them all in as a ticket inspector with the national railway […]

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What You Never Knew about European Trains — Secrets from a Ticket Inspector

I wear a fancy Swiss uniform and go up and down the aisles to check your tickets. My sexy German job name is Personnenzugbegleiter. Basically, a ticket inspector, controller, or checker, depending on your flavor of English. A ticket inspector is a strange little animal. We hop on and off of trains, ensure passengers’ security,

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