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Has anyone booked the eurostar ski train and worked out from seating plans or does it say when you book whether they are using the new e320 trains or refurbed e300 or are they still using some of the old trains?
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Last season I think the direct Eurostar ski train was mainly using the older rolling stock, but no idea if that will still be the case this season. Like you say it should be possible to work it out from the seating plan you're offered when choosing your seat as part of booking.
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Over the past couple of years, we've had a mixture...

Last year, we had an old train going out, then a refurbished outside with old internals coming back.
This year, we had a refurbished train going out, then an old train coming back.

I don't think they're very forthcoming with details of the planned trains, so it's luck of the draw I believe.

What I've found useful in the past, though, is http://eurostar4agents.com/seating-plan which offers seating plans for all 3 train types.

It means you can work out what their website is basing the seat reservations on, as well as allowing you to find a seat that you're happy with on both layouts so it doesn't matter so much which train turns up.
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kieranm wrote:
Like you say it should be possible to work it out from the seating plan you're offered when choosing your seat as part of booking.


I'm not sure this works though, I believe that the booking system and seat layout that you're referring to is set up before they know which rolling stock they're using, so it is very possible you'd select a seat based on the plan they show you and find on the day that it's a different layout. Best bet is as suggested above to look at the various layouts and try to choose a seat that's virtually the same across all 3 designs.
Having said that I'm sure I read somewhere that the new 320s don't travel up into the Alps (something to do with the configutration of the power pickups), but can't find it now.
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It will be old trains and probably not the refurbed ones. Refurbs only seem to get used on the Alps run if a proper old one breaks ! Most people find the older style more comfortable - I know I do.
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At the risk of outing myself as a geek it will be one of the older e300, refurbished or not. The new trains can't run to the Alps, not compatible with the signalling and power.
What that means for the long term future of this service isn't clear....
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thanks guys for the responses and being helpful Smile i have only ever travelled on the old style so can't compare to new, was curious! still want to try the ski train instead of flying at some point!
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Intrigued by this thread, I checked my return tickets Moûtiers/St Pancras in Jan 2019 and can see the train will be a refurbished e300 ( I know this as I have table seats 14/67 and 14/68 )

Happy though - mid ish carriage, near buffet car and not on top of toilets. Fingers crossed dont get any 6ft + in table opposite seats Wink
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@andyman, that's why I hate table seats...typed from my intercity airline seat
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