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Each new monthly edition of the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable is an invitation to start planning new journeys. This book, so full of facts, is also a glorious treasure chest of entertaining diversions. And a quick glance at this latest issue shows that the train service from Kikinda to Jimbolia has been suspended.

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Just in time for the start of March, the new edition of the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable arrived with today’s post. This monthly compendium of rail timetables from across Europe is always an invitation to start planning new journeys. And the book is so full of entertaining diversions. For example, a quick glance at this latest issue shows that the train service from Kikinda to Jimbolia has been suspended. For those not intimately familiar with the rail map of Europe, Kikinda is in the Vojvodina region of northeast Serbia and Jimbolia is just a few kilometres away on the other side of the border in Romania. Both towns are part of the region known historically as Banat.

Now it was only a few weeks ago that we received a press release from a government agency in Serbia announcing a series of initiatives in the Banat region. Funding has been allocated for improving border crossings between Serbia and Romania, and there is to be a new cultural exchange programme between Jimbolia and Kikinda. Scrapping the rail service between the two towns does not seem quite the right place to start.

Nicky Gardner and Susanne Kries
(hidden europe)

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and Susanne Kries manage hidden europe, a Berlin-based editorial bureau that supplies text and images to media across Europe. Together they edit hidden europe magazine. Nicky and Susanne are dedicated slow travellers. They delight in discovering the exotic in the everyday.

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  1. Laurence Mitchell
    13 March 2010

    This is a great shame if it's true. I travelled Jimbolia to Kikinda last autumn. The train is a bit like a school bus on rails. There were about 5 passengers in total and they all seemed to know the driver. The best thing, thanks to time zone changes from EET to CET, was arriving in Serbia half an hour BEFORE the time we left Romania.

    Kikinda museum has its very own mammoth skeleton.

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