I took the train today and I wondered:

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how are train seats allocated by the algorithm before changing to your prefered seat?
Does it follow a demographic or a physics reasoning?
If 50% only is full, will they take carriages off as we are all gathered in half of the train, or will we all be near perfectly scattered through the whole train planned at the start?
(I reckon not all countries operate the same, but for designated seats trains in European, there must be a common way of operating)
Thanks!

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Anonymous 0 Comments

I can only speak for German trains. Here, you can only reserve seats in the faster, non-regional trains. Most of these can’t take carriage off or put additional on since they are designed and constructed as one unit. Even the ones where it is possible, they normally have a set number of carriages, depending on the route they travel. If you reserve a seat, you can choose whichever you like most, so there will be neither a totally clumped up distribution nor a totally random one.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The cars are already scheduled to come off or get added on at specific stations. So when people reserve a ride they then get assigned one of the cars that stays on if they’re going past the point that the car gets taken off.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The cars are already scheduled to come off or get added on at specific stations. So when people reserve a ride they then get assigned one of the cars that stays on if they’re going past the point that the car gets taken off.