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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 12:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there Chutz!

That's such a great idea for a day trip and getting out and having fun! I love the train and it wasn't until my fiance moved up to Santa Barbara from Orange County, CA last year, I had never taken the train before. I always make sure I sit on the side that looks out on the ocean because the view once you hit Ventura is absolutely breathtaking.

It seems that our lives are so filled with driving from point A to point B now that we never get to enjoy the scenery in between and I think that's what I love best about the train rides. Amtrak has done a pretty good job with making their accommodations rather comfortable, whether you be a business or long term traveler and to a degree you can find an element of peace not having to worry about changing lanes, sweating about the person who nearly nailed your front end, or if you are going to make it to the nearest gas station. You also have the choice of staying within your own personal bubble or branching out and meeting completely random, sometimes very strange and unusual, people with occasionally very interesting stories to tell.

One day I would love to plan a vacation around a train ride entirely cross country and back because trains weave in and out of places that cars sometimes can't get to and you get a whole different experience. The world passes by you in a completely different manner. We need those experiences in our lives. Hopefully one day soon this can be a new experience for me.

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   Posted 3/24/2010 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I like trains also. I've been on a couple of one day sight-seeing rides which were really great especially going over those really tall wooden train bridges. On one ride we even got to go on the tracks of an iron ore dock on Lake Superior. I too would love to take a cross country train ride but I have a problem with trains. The rocking motion always make me fall asleep so I do miss some of the good stuff along the way. If I ever went on that trip I'd have to take cases of caffeinated soda with me to keep me alert. Of course then I would spend all my time in the bathroom. Hmm maybe I should just stick to car trips instead. Lisa
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   Posted 3/24/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I rode a train with  old wooden  cars from Bangkok Thailand following the River kwai. Mountains so rugged and twisty you could see the end of the train across from you.
Then I rode overnight onaa sleeper car train from chang Mai to Bangkok.
I have also done the scenic train in the mountains in Maryland.
I have always liked trains

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   Posted 3/24/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
The only time I take a train is if I am going into NYC. I used to see a surgeon in NYC & we would drive in for the appointment & then leave, but if we ever decided to stay for the day & do something in the city, we'd take the train. It's just too hard to move around NYC by car.


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   Posted 3/24/2010 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
The only train I've been on is when we were traveling throughout the country and visited NYC and took the train. But I would love to travel on a train, and spend the night in a sleeper car for the "true" experience. My husband has traveled through Europe and loved sleeping on the trains.

Maybe one day!!
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   Posted 3/24/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
OHHH...I LOVE trains!!!!

I ride them every chance I can get:) There are the fast one's from DC to NY for a fun weekend...Then have taken steam train rides from a town in AZ to the Grand Canyon Rim which is a great ride for the family as it's a few hours there and back with suprises along the way:)
Beautiful train rides through BC and mountains in Canada and Northwest states...

Then the best was on my honeymoon (divorced now but good memories:) We went from London to Paris on the EuroStar..FAST and luxurious! Paris to Rome...Rome to Venice...Venice to Munich...through the Alps....along the rivers...seeing all the pretty towns and castles...(Sleeper and regular trains)

Drinking champagne and having delicious food and perfect naps with the sound of the train..

I remember waking up around 2am one night with a full moon reflecting on Lake was gorgeous!!!

And the funny part was my ex could sleep anywhere....anytime...and I usually couldn't...well it was the total opposite on the train..I slept like a baby and poor thing was pretty grouchy!! haha....

What a fun topic..Great seeing all of your stories too everyone! There was a great special on PBS recently about great train rides:)
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