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Austerity-hit Greeks swap cars for sluggish trains

A train inspector signals to the train driver at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A train inspector signals to the train driver at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling...more

A train inspector signals to the train driver at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A train inspector signals to the train driver at Lianokladi railway station, central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A train inspector signals to the train driver at Lianokladi railway station, central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A train inspector signals to the train driver at Lianokladi railway station, central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A passenger waits before boarding a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A passenger waits before boarding a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A passenger waits before boarding a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Passengers make their way to board a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Passengers make their way to board a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Passengers make their way to board a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Grazing sheep are seen from inside a train travelling from Thessaloniki to Athens in central Greece November 30, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Grazing sheep are seen from inside a train travelling from Thessaloniki to Athens in central Greece November 30, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Grazing sheep are seen from inside a train travelling from Thessaloniki to Athens in central Greece November 30, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A train departs early in the morning from Athens railway station November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A train departs early in the morning from Athens railway station November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A train departs early in the morning from Athens railway station November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Passengers board a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Passengers board a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Passengers board a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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An old locomotive is seen in front of Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 30, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

An old locomotive is seen in front of Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 30, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

An old locomotive is seen in front of Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 30, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A woman speaks on the phone inside a train bound for Athens at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A woman speaks on the phone inside a train bound for Athens at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A woman speaks on the phone inside a train bound for Athens at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A passenger waits before boarding a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A passenger waits before boarding a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A passenger waits before boarding a train bound for Athens at Lianokladi railway station in central Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A ticket conductor checks tickets inside a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A ticket conductor checks tickets inside a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A ticket conductor checks tickets inside a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A view is seen from inside a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. . REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A view is seen from inside a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel...more

A view is seen from inside a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. . REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Passengers wait inside Lianokladi railway station, central Greece November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Passengers wait inside Lianokladi railway station, central Greece November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and...more

Passengers wait inside Lianokladi railway station, central Greece November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A view from a train driver's seat is seen on a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A view from a train driver's seat is seen on a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A view from a train driver's seat is seen on a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A man smokes a cigarette in front of a train bound for Athens at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A man smokes a cigarette in front of a train bound for Athens at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A man smokes a cigarette in front of a train bound for Athens at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A man holding a skateboard waits in front of a train at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A man holding a skateboard waits in front of a train at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A man holding a skateboard waits in front of a train at Thessaloniki railway station, northern Greece November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A passenger feeds a cat at Domokos railway station, central Greece November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A passenger feeds a cat at Domokos railway station, central Greece November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices...more

A passenger feeds a cat at Domokos railway station, central Greece November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A train driver operates a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A train driver operates a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel...more

A train driver operates a train travelling from Athens to Thessaloniki November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A train departs early in the morning from Athens railway station November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A train departs early in the morning from Athens railway station November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and...more

A train departs early in the morning from Athens railway station November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Passengers wait for a train early in the morning at Athens railway station November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Passengers wait for a train early in the morning at Athens railway station November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel...more

Passengers wait for a train early in the morning at Athens railway station November 29, 2012. Once an unpopular travel option, Greece's slow and creaky trains are winning new fans for the first time in decades as Greeks struggling with soaring fuel prices and high road taxes leave their beloved cars at home. Picture taken November 29, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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