Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

New York? Sydney? Bognor Regis? We're spoilt for choice ...
JoeGJ1984
Zone 3
Posts: 110
Joined: 22 Nov 2009, 22:47

Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by JoeGJ1984 » 11 Dec 2010, 21:24

I know I have mentioned this before, but I thought it was worth mentioning now as I shall explain below.

I was contemplating if it would be feasible to sometime next year (I think April, May or September will be the best months) to organise an open trip for members on this forum (i.e. any member on the forum can come along if they want to) to Berlin (arranging travel from London and accommodation) to challenge the U-Bahn over there (competing with each other either in teams or individually to get the best time on the FNC and perhaps other challenges). You can see a map at http://www.urbanrail.net/eu/bln/berlin.htm.

There are previous posts on this forum about the Berlin network at http://www.tubeforum.co.uk/forum/index. ... =viewtopic, http://www.tubeforum.co.uk/forum/viewto ... f=9&t=1645 and http://www.tubeforum.co.uk/forum/index. ... =viewtopic. (It has been mentioned in these threads that just the U-Bahn, not the S-Bahn is used for challenging, although the S-Bahn can be used as other public transport. The map I linked to above includes both U-Bahn and S-Bahn).

We have an unofficial record for the FNC of the U-Bahn of 07:34:50. And I was thinking for this trip, we should see do some other challenges such as an R15 (maybe think of one or two more). So I say we should make a holiday out of it and go for a week (also look around the city generally). And Berlin also has trams to play with.

In one of the other threads, Soup Dragon seems keen to have a European challenge among forum members, so I was hoping (to Soup Dragon) I could twist your arm :) and ask you to be the main organiser. You did say previously you hoped you could do something next year, and as next year is getting close, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the idea. There was an attempt to drum up some interest at http://www.tubeforum.co.uk/forum/index. ... pic#p35455 but it died (it was a little buried away though, so I hoped that by indicating a possible trip to Berlin in the thread title, it might generate more interest). uefacup81 also knows Berlin well, at one point moving to Berlin and has done the U-Bahn FNC, so having him on board would be good (he knows the ropes and, I presume, at least some of the language) although he may beat us all because he is familiar with the system and we're not :) .

Anyway, would anybody be interested in this (please post if you are, no definite commitments yet, but just to get an idea of how much interest there might be). Incidentally I wonder if anyone knows if this sort of thing (i.e. organising holidays abroad) has been done on internet forums elsewhere? (Does anyone know of anything like this?). And if this is successful, it could perhaps turn into an annual event. There are a number of European cities with metro and/or tram systems so we could go to different cities.

User avatar
snudge27
All Zones
Posts: 1517
Joined: 18 May 2006, 18:23

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by snudge27 » 20 Dec 2010, 18:35

I'd certainly be up for this - I never pass up a chance to visit Berlin!

...if only to defend my current record :wink:

April would be great for me.

...und ich kann auch fleissig Deutsch :wink:

tpfkar
Zone 4
Posts: 394
Joined: 10 Apr 2005, 19:13
Location: Milton Keynes
Contact:

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by tpfkar » 08 Jan 2011, 02:22

Das ist eine tolle Idee, veilleicht will meine Frau kommen.

Please let us know if plans develop.

User avatar
snudge27
All Zones
Posts: 1517
Joined: 18 May 2006, 18:23

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by snudge27 » 08 Jan 2011, 15:04

Klingt gut! Ich hoffe, dass du es schaffen kann!

Is there any more interest in this on the forum?

palkanetoijala31

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by palkanetoijala31 » 08 Jan 2011, 15:38

uefacup81 wrote:Klingt gut! Ich hoffe, dass du es schaffen kann!

Is there any more interest in this on the forum?
Depends on the when and i dont want to go to any bars near the old wall long story!

JoeGJ1984
Zone 3
Posts: 110
Joined: 22 Nov 2009, 22:47

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by JoeGJ1984 » 08 Jan 2011, 16:03

Doesn't seem to really be much interest (only 3 other different posters to this thread).

User avatar
Going Underground
The Twilight Zone
Posts: 7860
Joined: 11 Apr 2006, 11:24
Location: Down in a tube station at midnight.
Contact:

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by Going Underground » 08 Jan 2011, 20:13

On a forum of our size I don't think that 3 is too bad as there is still time to go.
It's a no for me as I don't have the funds or a passport :!:
Twice former full network GWR holder and former Zone 1 Olympic and World Record holder with The Raven and Soupie
Tube personality of the year 2009
Twice Winter Olympic Biathlon Gold Medalist with The Beer Baron
2008 All Lines Olympic Gold

User avatar
Garion
All Zones
Posts: 2851
Joined: 17 Jul 2006, 18:26
Location: Cardiff

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by Garion » 08 Jan 2011, 20:37

Its a no for me also because I can't get time off work and don't want to miss university.

Just because I don't reply doesn't mean I'm not interested :P hehe

But definately, good luck to you when/if you go :D
Zone 1 Winner 2009
02:52:59


Comic Relief 2015
17:42:22

User avatar
RichieG
Zone 6
Posts: 896
Joined: 24 Sep 2008, 20:48
Location: Still getting lost between Aldgate and Aldgate East

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by RichieG » 09 Jan 2011, 22:52

I'm interested, but as with GU, I've got no money and no passport...
Attempts: 2 (17h38m, 238 stations) (unknown, 200 stations); Completions: 0; GWR: 0; PBs: 0.
Fairy Chapmane-Graham - 14 April 2005
The Richie G website: occasionally frequently updated.

User avatar
waterloo and city
Zone 3
Posts: 118
Joined: 02 Oct 2009, 12:48
Location: Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
Contact:

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by waterloo and city » 10 Jan 2011, 11:50

Same reason, interested but lacking money and a passport...

Adam.
Adam Jones

A would-be Tube Challenger, maybe one day...

User avatar
Sam
The Twilight Zone
Posts: 4252
Joined: 19 Jul 2005, 12:14
Location: Gloucester
Contact:

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by Sam » 10 Jan 2011, 12:04

I have the passport but not the funds!
:D First and so far only female solo record holder!! :D

Ze forum's female train driver

User avatar
Garion
All Zones
Posts: 2851
Joined: 17 Jul 2006, 18:26
Location: Cardiff

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by Garion » 10 Jan 2011, 12:17

We'll raise money for you to go :)
Zone 1 Winner 2009
02:52:59


Comic Relief 2015
17:42:22

User avatar
moley
Site Administrator
Posts: 1906
Joined: 07 May 2005, 12:38
Location: Portsmouth
Contact:

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by moley » 10 Jan 2011, 12:26

I would also be interested but cash is the issue.....
Tube Forum administrator. I look after the database to keep this place running smoothly.

User avatar
greatkingrat
All Zones
Posts: 2396
Joined: 11 Feb 2005, 00:35

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by greatkingrat » 10 Jan 2011, 13:43

Maybe something smaller would be better, like a weekend in Paris on the Eurostar?
Soon to be yet another forum train driver

User avatar
rhubarbrhubarb
Zone 3
Posts: 143
Joined: 25 Jun 2009, 16:01
Location: In zone 8 (just!)

Re: Possible trip to Berlin next year to challenge U-Bahn

Post by rhubarbrhubarb » 10 Jan 2011, 14:48

Has anyone done a Paris Metro Challenge, I wonder .... ?

(I could ask a friend of mine, who's involved with ADEMAS).

Post Reply