Over the past college year I kept track of every train journey I made. Almost all of them are between Amsterdam (home) and Eindhoven (university), but the third most frequent station in it is Dordrecht.
So far so good, so let’s look at some numbers.
In total, over the past year, I spent 373 hours and 5 minutes (that’s about 15,5 day) in trains, traveling 293 journeys. On average a one-way journey took me 1 hours and 17 minutes, with a standard deviation of 15 minutes.
The longest journey took place on the 23rd of september, when I had to take a local bus from Breda to Tilburg due to some wildfires around the tracks. The journey from Dordrecht to Eindhoven (56 minutes according to schedule) took me 3 whole hours that day.
The shortest on the other hand is only 4 minutes, from Duivendrecht to Amsterdam Zuid, to get past a working area of the subway.
Now looking at the most annoying part, the disruptions, I must say I had a pretty good year.
Only twice I returned home since the trains couldn’t get me to my destination.
Only five times I was hindered by a switch failure, but on average they meant 52 minutes extra journey time. Also, I had two unfortunate people who had an accident with a train, causing me an extra 1 hour and 49 minutes of travel time.
But taking an overall look at this, I can say that the railways have been good to me the past year. A very large majority of my journeys just ran on time, or with minor delays of several minutes.
Now it can be that I’ve just been lucky, but it’s not always as bad as it seems. The only thing that really helped was the warm winter, which caused me many delays the past few years.
For this year I’ll try to do the same, so I can see how it keeps up, so next year we can see how it compares to this.