Breaking: French trains ban cellosNews
It is reliably reported that musicians travelling with large instruments on French trains are being issued with verbal warnings of a hundred-Euro fine if they attempt to do so again.
The sanction has apparently been in place for several months.
It applies to all instruments above 1.2 metres long, which would include cellos, double-basses and larger brass instruments.
The state rail monopoly SNCF has apprently decided to treat musical instruments differently from other forms of luggage – let alone bicycles and skis which ride for free.