What’s the best double buggy for European rail travel?

I Googled the title of this blogpost incessantly before we set off on our travels. I was prepared to impulsively purchase an entirely new buggy if someone had told me the answer. But I could find very little. I travelled around Europe by train as a teenager and had vague memories of very narrow doors and steep steps to get on to most trains in Western Europe. Would the side-by-side double Maclaren I had cut it? Would I not be better with one of those two-tiered buggies like the Phil and Ted? What would I do if both children were asleep when it came to getting on? How would I lift it? Would it go through the door. What would I do with it when I was on the train? In the end after much umming and ahhing I decided to stick with the Maclaren’s but to upgrade my hoodless one with a better version that had hoods and a raincover (we are travelling in January and February after all). The main advantage of an umbrella-fold double buggy is that it folds and can be stashed on a luggage rack if there is one available, or leaning on an empty seat. And I am fortunate in that I have two walkers. So if they are awake they can climb on to the train themselves, or I can keep the baby in the Ergo baby carrier, that I have also brought along with me. We can then load on the bags and return to the platform to fold up the buggy and lift that on too. I am very glad that I didn’t decide on a more bulky buggy like the Phil and Teds, because it is more troublesome to fold and there just isn’t room to store it in the carriage (I haven’t seen any such prams on the trains so far). I will update this blog in a few weeks time to let you know how I’ve been getting on with it.


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