I chose to abstain from last week’s prompt. It was a “March Madness” (basketball) style rating game of the supposed ‘best’ country. No thank you. But this week? This week is about trains!
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.
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Plus it was the best way for friends without drivers’ licenses to come visit! Oh, those Amtrak nights…
I feel like we have both logged our due time sprinting to catch the train before it leaves the station!
I love being rocked to sleep on a train. I love movie scenes on dining cars. I love the chuga-chuga rhythm of slowly moving forward, in a way I can feel, in a way that echos my heart’s race. When I arrive somewhere by train, I feel like my heart and I can step off together. If I travel by plane or boat, there is a whoosh of catching up to do. Trains make me feel grounded.
I respect your choice to bow out of the supposed best country post, by the way. What does that even mean? It’s like saying there is a best colour. Silly. We need them all.