At the railway station
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A the railway station in a large town the first thing you will notice in the main hall is several ticket offices. There people buy one-way tickets or return rickets, and those who go regularly to work by train can get season tickets. The station clock above the entrance to the platforms is watched by passengers in the queues outside the ticket offices. To miss a train can be rather unpleasant. Besides the ticket offices, the main hall has an arrivals and departures board. Nearby is the inquiry office and the booking office, where seats can be booked in advance. The waiting room is full of people waiting for their connection. Hungry and thirsty passengers can get a snack or a meal in the refreshment room or at the restaurant.
Passengers, who have got their tickets, go to the platform. There they can say good bye to their friends and get on the train. They go through the compartments and try to find a free seat. Having found one, they put heir luggage on the rack and sit down. Some passengers start to read, others watch the landscape till they fall asleep.
If you travel over night, you can go in a sleeping-car or a couchette carriage. Travelling to a distant place you can go by a fast train or an express. There you can also have your meals because there is usually a dining coach or a buffet coach on the train. The guards go on a train and check the passengers´ tickets and they can advise them where to change trains, if necessary.