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Maybe it's because they are highly specialized (expensive?) trains that make one revenue run per night and then have to sit somewhere doing nothing?

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Thu Jul 21st, 2011 at 05:44:26 PM EST
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The French railways system has started having its Paris-Toulouse sleepers trains go the other way during the day, at very discounted rates for a not very comfortable trip.

OTOH, there aren't that many day trains running during the night and that's not so big a problem...

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 at 07:42:46 AM EST
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at very discounted rates for a not very comfortable trip

They should start offering very discounted rates for the night trip too, then.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Jul 22nd, 2011 at 08:52:58 AM EST
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Further to linca's point; that doesn't explain situations where demand exceeds supply. Passengers would hate it, of course, but in such a situation, if the train doesn't make a big profit to warrant capturing more of the demand with more trains, the economics could be improved by increasing ticket prices.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Aug 6th, 2011 at 06:06:12 AM EST
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