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QUESTION: I am a college student planning to travel in Western Europe in the spring for about two months, primarily by train. Does it provide for people who have a bicycle?

ANSWER: Since the Rail Europe system serves 17 countries and each is free to impose its own regulations, there's no simple answer. But if there are two rules to remember, they are: check ahead to find out whether the train you plan to take can accommodate bicycles and check in early. Here's a sampling of the policies of some Eurail members, with a phone number listed for railroads that can provide details on this side of the Atlantic.In Britain, whether you can take a bike aboard depends on a train's equipment. Noting that there are 15,000 departures a day, Pat Titley, Britrail director of marketing, said it was best to check locally. Space is available on certain intercity trains, but may be limited on some rural routes, she said. A reservation is required for the bicycle; the fee is $4.50 to $6.

In France, taking a bicycle is discouraged. According to the SNCF, the French National Railroads, bikes must be checked except on some suburban and regional trains. If there isn't enough room in a baggage car or a luggage compartment at the end of a car, your bike could travel on a different train from you and get to your destination a day after you do (assuming a direct train) or two days later (assuming a change of trains).

One option is renting a bike at a rail station. A reservation is required, and the charge is $8.60 to $10.70 a day and less for longer periods. If you do take a bike, the charge is $26.25 if it is dismantled and boxed, and $36 if not boxed.

In Germany, you can take your bike on Interregio (inter-regional) trains. For any other trains, you need to inquire. Reservations for bicycle space, which are essential, can be made only in Germany. The charge is $6. Information: (708) 692-6300, fax (800) 282-7474.

In Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, bicycles are not allowed on express trains. But local trains on the same routes - say, between Oslo and Bergen - do accept bicycles. On trains with a luggage section for bicycles, dismantling is not necessary. Charge for a bicycle: $8 to $10. Information: (212) 949-2333.

In Switzerland, bikes need not be taken apart. If you put your bike aboard a Swiss Federal Railway train, it travels with you, according to Oliver Stauffer, manager of customer relations at the Swiss National Tourist Office. It is best to check in one hour ahead, he said. Charge for a bicycle: $9.40.

QUESTION: A sports column some time ago mentioned that the fine race horse John Henry could be seen at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Can you tell me more?

ANSWER: At the Kentucky Horse Park, you can see not only John Henry, who won over $6.5 million, more than any other throughbred gelding, but also get a broad view of the world of horses.

From March 16 to Oct. 31, John Henry and four other celebrated horses are presented in shows at 10:15 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. At the shows, a staff member provides a brief commentary on Bold Forbes, winner of the Kentucky Derby in 1976; Rambling Willie, the richest standardbred in history when he retired in 1983; Sgt. Pepper Feature, the world champion running quarterhorse of 1982, and Imperator, an American saddlebred who retired in 1989 as a four-time world champion.

Film clips at the visitors information center show these horses at their best. John Henry, for example, can be seen winning the Arlington Million at Arlington International Race Course in Chicago in 1981.

Situated on 1,032 acres in Kentucky's bluegrass country, the park is home to 40 breeds of horses and the site of the International Museum of the Horse. Visitors can observe the park's blacksmith at work, ride the park's trails on horseback (a 50-minute ride is $10) or have their children take a pony ride ($3.18). There is a 200-acre campground with 260 sites ($14.50 a night for one to four persons). The extensive schedule of events includes horse shows and polo.

The park is at 4089 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Ky. 40511; (606) 233-4303. From Nov. 1 to March 15, it is closed on Monday and Tuesday and its activities are reduced as is the daily entry fee ($6.50, $4.50 for children). During the rest of the year, the park is open daily, except for a few holidays, and charges admission of $8.95, $4.95 for children.

QUESTION: Is there any way to get from London to Woburn Abbey by public transportation and, maybe, a cab for the final mile or so?

ANSWER: Woburn Abbey, about 42 miles north of London, is a stately home celebrated for an impressive art collection that includes works by Canaletto, Van Dyke, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Velazquez. It was built in the 12th century as a Cistercian monastery, but is no longer a place of worship, having been taken into Crown hands in the early 16th century during the dissolution of the monasteries.

The nearest station to London is Flitwick (pronounced FLIT-wick), which is about five miles from Woburn. From the Thameslink station in London on Pentonville Road, 200 yards from the Kings Cross main line station, it is 45 minutes to Flitwick. The taxi ride to Woburn takes 10 to 15 minutes and costs $9 plus tip. Note that taxis do not wait regularly outside the station. But you can ask at the ticket office for the number of a local taxi driver.

To be more certain of catching a cab, you may prefer to leave from Euston Station in London and get off either at Bletchley or Leighton Buzzard, which are a bit farther away but have taxis waiting. The fare to Woburn from both stops is about $10.50 plus tip. If you return the same day and travel in off-peak hours, the round-trip fares are $13.80 to Flitwick, $15 to Bletchley and $13.20 to Leighton Buzzard.

In addition to art, the abbey has a fine collection of furniture, silver and porcelain. The house is set amid 3,000 acres of a park landscaped by Humphrey Repton that is home to nine species of deer. Also on the grounds is an antiques center.

Now closed, the abbey will reopen on Dec. 31 for weekends and holidays. The winter hours for the park are 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and for the abbey 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. From March 26 to Oct. 29, the park opens at 10 a.m. and the abbey at 11 a.m. They close between 4 and 5 p.m., with the longer hours in effect on Sundays and holidays. Admission is $9 or, to see the private apartments as well, $9.75. More information: Woburn Abbey, Woburn, Bedfordshire MK43 0TP. Telephone (01525) 290666, fax (01525) 290271.

QUESTION: If I went down to Newport News, Va., would I be able to see the former luxury liner S.S. United States lying in port? I am interested because I went to Europe on the ship in 1955.

ANSWER: Your last chance to see the liner in Newport News came about 30 months ago. But its new owner hopes to have it restored some time in the future.