|Subject: Re: Trains-rail Europe etc|
After investigating various reservation alternatives (many proposed by members of this list) for our trip last summer, I decided to call directly to buy tickets. Very efficient, professional service (the European customer service agents speak better English than do some of their counterparts in the States) and no hassle picking up the tickets on the other end. By spending a few dollars on phone calls, I saved hundreds of dollars. I didn't find it at all inconvenient.
JoAnne, currently cocooning in stormy northern California