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   Posted 3/23/2010 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you ever ridden a train? Where were you going? I'm one who loves trains and riding on them. Not sure what distances I can handle any more but there's something peaceful about a train. You get to enjoy all of the scenery unlike flying where you're luck to see the tops of the mountains and some cities or cropland from way above.

The last time I rode a train was with my hubby. He's a train nut! But he hasn't ridden trains so...for his birthday about 8 or 10 years ago (can break through the Fibro Fog today and remember) I bought 2 train tickets for us to spend the day riding. We went from Tacoma, Washington to Portland, Oregon and back to Tacoma that evening. The weather was nice and it was so much fun. On the way down we rode the train that goes from Seattle all the way to San Diego, CA but just got off in Portland. On the way back we caught the one that goes the opposite direction. For the ride home I bought tickets with a room...boy are they small lol ... but that way they served us dinner as well. Since they were almost at the end of their run from Dan Diego, CA back to Seattle they were out of almost everything but we ate something and laughed and enjoyed our trip thoroughly. It was one of the most fun birthdays we spent together.

How about you? Do you like trains? Ever ridden one? If not where would you like to go on one? What do you like about them?

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   Posted 3/24/2010 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always wanted to ride a train! But I never have....

If I could, I would like to ride the train that goes up the Pacific coast in California. I love the California coast!

It would also be wonderful to ride the transcontinental train that crosses Canada: the Canadien. It goes from Toronto to Vancouver, I believe.
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   Posted 3/24/2010 2:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I rode on a high speed train in Germany back in 1992. That is, to date, my only train experience. We do have on our "to do" list a train trip with the kids to the Grand Canyon. They have some pretty neat looking 3 day packages that we would like to try as soon as the budget allows things like vacations again!
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   Posted 3/24/2010 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never been on a train but when I was little there were train tracks about 2 miles from my house. I loved to listen to it in the
night as you could hear them on the tracks and the whistle as it crossed the road. Now all the local trains are gone and the tracks
covered over with pavement.

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   Posted 3/24/2010 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I have only ridden on trains that were giving rides... so you go around the block type thing... or the miniature trains they are really fun... I was planning on taking a trip by train to new orleans this summer but is not going to happen because of my classes and work and everything else going on.
I typed this up once and it sounded better and more descriptive but lost it LOL so now go with this cuz don't want to type it all again

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   Posted 3/24/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Train trips are a wonderful way to see the beauty of nature. Where I live there is
a train trip through the mountains and valleys of NW Arkansas. You can choose to
sit in a restored turn of the century passenger car or a 1950's era parlor car.
I did both, took the trip in the Spring and Fall. I'd love to go to any destination on
a train as long as there was a scenic route.
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   Posted 3/24/2010 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I went on a tour of the Cuyahoga Valley on a train a couple of years ago.  It was very nice. 
I've also ridden a "dinner" train down here.  You have a beautiful ride while having a lovely dinner.  I enjoyed that, too. 
I did take a train from Buffalo to Cincinnati when I was in high school and couldn't wait to get off it!  LOL  I guess I just like the short trips.

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   Posted 3/24/2010 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I rode a regular train as a small child, about 60 miles from one town in Iowa to another. My mom took us, so we could see what it was like. I've ridden old fashioned trains at the Old Threshers Reunion in my hometown of Mt. Pleasant, and I've ridden both regular and high-speed trains in Germany. I really liked the high-speed one.
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   Posted 3/24/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Do Harleys count???? probably noy but we rode from Pittsburgh to Sturgis South Dakota. Talk about a ride!!
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   Posted 3/25/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Most recent train trip was to Hokkaido for the Sapporo Winter Festival.

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   Posted 3/25/2010 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
We had the train tracks down the end of our street when I was growing up. Never traveled on that train, but always listened for the train whistle at the regular times. I wanted a train set when I was a child, my parents wouldn't get it for me, cause I was a GIRL! For our 2nd Christmas, my DH bought me a great set of trains, set up a platform and let me play.
I used to travel by subway every wk or so when I was a child, till about 22. It was around the WTC in NYC, I used to come in from NJ. I also have been on a few monorails in parks, and a really old train in an old historic park by me. I also went for a train ride out in Lancaster, PA. I used to be able to handle short rides, can't sit on the hard seats or travel backwards, get really, really sick.
God bless.  Alice.
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