Incident – 2: Husum Station
After a decent sleep in the B&B, I went on to venture out of Copenhagen the next day.
Now I needed to reach Copenhagen Central Station (more commonly referred to as København H or Københavns Hovedbanegård)
Hence, I started a brisk walk from the B&B and reached Husum Station within a short time. I needed to board the Suburban Trains or the S-train of Copenhagen (It may be considered functionally similar to Moscow Circle Trains, Mumbai Suburban Trains or German S-Bahn Trains). The S-Trains are operated by the Danish Company DSB.
TIP: Maps or Digital Displays in Railway Stations are crucial. Always make sure to thoroughly check them before beginning your journey
As is my habit, I duly checked the maps, saw the displays and started waiting for the train bound for København H. to arrive.
[First train arrives]
Me: Wait a minute. Why does this train look so plush and luxurious to me? And strangely, all coaches are that luxurious. Clearly this is not the train as per the ticket I purchased. Let it go.
[Train Departs. Wait for 10 minutes. The second one arrives]
Me: [Puzzled] It’s still the same. How come they are operating luxury trains for suburban commutes? And two successive ones? Something is amiss.
[Second Train departs]
I check my maps, displays and the tracks. Nothing seems out of place. I am standing at the right platform, waiting for (supposedly) the right train.
I was now scanning the map on the station with razor sharp focus. I was determined to find out the errors, even as minuscule as a punctuation or a typo.
Suddenly a kind and friendly lady approached me, sensing that I was stuck up somewhere (so nice of her, and not so nice of me for being an introvert)
Lady: Good Morning. How are you doing?
Me: Good Morning. I am doing good, thank you. How are you?
Lady: I am good too, thank you. You seem to be new to this place. Anything wrong with the map?
Me: I am new, yes. Actually I am a tourist. I want to go to København H. but there seems to be some problem finding the right train.
Lady: I see. Don’t worry though. You are on the right platform.
Me: [Partially relieved] Thank you Madam for confirming. But can you tell me whether the next train [pointing at the display] will go to København H.?
Lady: [Checks the display] Of course it will.
Me: [Confused, showing her my ticket] Can you tell me whether this ticket is valid for the next train? I think there is some confusion with the class.
Lady [Checks the ticket] It’s perfectly fine. There is no issue. Feel free to board the train.
Me: [Still confused, but largely relieved] Thank you so much Madam for patiently explaining me the details. Have a safe trip.
Lady: You are most welcome. Have a safe trip..!!
[Boarded the next train and reached København H. within the stipulated time]
Again, one more mental kick was awarded to me by myself. Copenhagen S-Trains look and actually are uber-luxurious and may confuse the traveler, unlike Mumbai Sub-urban trains or its counterparts in Belgium or the Netherlands.
The seats are plush, upholstered, wide and spacious, way more than many of its European counterparts.
CAUTION: Many railway / metro / sub-urban systems levy a hefty fine for boarding the wrong class or wrong coach. It is always the best practice to match the details on your ticket with the train and coach you are boarding. I didn’t want to burn a hole in my pocket due to fines.
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