Prompt #12: What is it about train travel that captivates the imagination of travelers in every corner of the world? What about it makes the word “romantic” so apt? Do you have a rail experience that perfectly captures why we love trains so much?
I have a hunch that my love of trains originates from Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Combine that with the fact that I grew up about 20 feet from a train track & the seed was sown. Friends sleeping over when I was younger always were startled by the occasional nearby sounds of the train but I had internalized it. I liked counting the freight cars & waving at the passengers.
I like that trains are part of the journey. (With crowds & the increase in security, planes feel more like the trials & tribulations to get to where your journey begins.) Trains are right there setting you into motion; they leave you to enjoy a bit more leg room & better food options. Plus, don’t you love that first moment when the train starts to take away from the station? The moment of possibility.