Does your country have a train system?

@maximax8 (28558)
United Kingdom
August 11, 2008 4:11pm CST
I love to travel by train most of all. My country has trains but the fares are quite expensive. I have inter railed around Europe, taken long distance trains in Australia and been on scenic train rides in New Zealand. Does your country have a train system? If so what is it like? If not what alternative forms of transport have go got?
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
We have two main railway systems, Canadian National and the Canadian Pacific Railway, most of the time they haul freights, but there are passenger trains but they are not as comfortable as the Amtrack in the States. There is also the PGE in British Columbia that is mainly for tourists. The CN and The CP go across the country and in some cities it is either or. I used to go on the train when I was little, but I did not like it much. It was not comfortable as we did not go by coach. We went on the seats with most others.
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
12 Aug 08
The train system in Canada sounds wonderful. I would like to begin in Vancouver and travel all the way to Halifax by train. I could do this on a 12 days in 30 days train pass. I would stop off in the Rockies, Toronto, Montreal, Niagara Fall and hop over to Prince Edward Island. There is even a train line to Churchill where the polar bears can be seen. I haven't been to Canada yet but have traveled in California on Amtrak. I had two trains that were 5 hours late but the seats were comfortable.
@Muelitz (1592)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
There are train systems in the country I live in. We have subways that can bring us from either directions of the city. However, it can still be greatly improved by extending the destination from the city to other cities and perhaps other provinces.
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
11 Aug 08
One way of traveling is with a rail pass, this can be very cost effective. It seems that you have a train system that could be improved but the subway system sounds superb. Thanks for your wonderful response.
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@rup011 (726)
• Germany
11 Aug 08
I stay in Germany and the train systems are excellent. I mean the conditions of the trains are very good, very fast, very clean and 70% of them are on time. But yes they are very expensive. Specially the ICE's. But its fun to travel in train once or twice. One does not have to bother about driving and can enjoy the scenic beauty.
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@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
11 Aug 08
It is excellent to get your response. Germany has a great train service and it also commands high prices. When I was younger I used to get the weekend wonder ticket for traveling around on the slower trains. One weekend I made it all the way to Bamberg from the Dutch border.
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@2timothy (794)
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
The Philippines has the metrorail transit that one can practically and affordably crisscrossed around the capital with ease. Many ride it to avoid the heavy traffic. There is also one railway that runs to the South and West of the capital but few I know of have rode it, including me. The reason is that it is ill maintained and all cars on the highway easily overtake it for its slowness. I now live in Taiwan which has a good train system. There are two kinds of railway, the high-speed rail and the ordinary rail. The high-speed train flies magnetically from Taipei in the north to Kaoshiung in the south in 1.6 hours for US$52 one way. Two kinds of trains run on the ordinary rail, the express train that stops only on major cities take 4.6 hours for half the price of the high-speed train and the electric train for half the price of the express train stops at every station and thus takes more than 7 hours one way.
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
Hi Timothy, I think we've met at christianster one time. It's good to see you here...
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
12 Aug 08
I like the sound of the metro rail system in the Philippines because when the traffic is busy it is delightful to rush past it on a train. It is a shame that the Philippines only railway outside the capital is poorly maintained. I guess people travel by sea given all the ocean that country has. Taiwan sounds like it has an excellent train system with some high speed trains, express trains and electric trains. I think it is wise for the railway to offer different speeds and prices, that way it will suit everyone. Thanks for including the price and the excellent detail.
• Philippines
13 Aug 08
Manila Philippines is quite famous for its heavy traffic...HUHUHU. Yes, we have the MRT and the LRT. I hope i got there meanings correct= metrorail transit and light rail transit. and yes,they only crisscross around Manila. I made a mistake of taking it during a rush hour-- I thought I would die inside-LOL. from then on,no more trains on rush hours. the trains are well ventilated though.airconditioner is good.and fast too.with the rise of gasoline, people leave their cars on a certain point then take the train...I am lucky drivers are not hard to find. so a regular driver drives my car around. I always see this railroads going to Manila proper,but I've never seen a train.they said its bound for the south of Manila.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
I love to travel by train as well :) I did the inter rail thing 3 times when I was back in Europe and it really was a great way to travel without spending much money. In here there I haven't used the train that much but have been in it a few times. IN here we usually travel all the 4 of us and taking the car makes more sense.
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
12 Aug 08
Thanks for saying how much you enjoyed traveling around Europe by train. Two girls from Italy said "the train is our home" meaning that they were spending a day in a city then catching an overnight train to their next city. I liked the scenic routes like Oslo to Bergen in Norway.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
13 Aug 08
We used to do that too. Catch the overnight trains. It saved us a lot of money LOL
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
11 Aug 08
We ave Amtrak here in Minnesota and the United States. I have never ridden the train though. Well not since I was like 5 years old. I can't recall that far back either. But my guess is that it would be a lot cheaper than driving by car. Amtrak travels from one end of the country to the other on a daily basis as well. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@maximax8 (28558)
• United Kingdom
12 Aug 08
I have traveled on Amtrak in California. I liked it. I arrived at midnight, five hours late so I got a free $40 fare to where I was staying. That kind of hospitality would not happen in my home country. Yes, petrol is expensive so driving a car can be pricey, the train might be cheaper. Amtrak has a web site that you can sometimes get special offers on.
• China
15 Aug 08
The train system in China is very developable.It is interesting to travel by train in China,you can see a lot of scene aroud the railway!
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
14 Aug 08
My country has a train system... but i wouldn't recommend it... because it is very old... and the trains should no longer be running... but there is now a move from the government to revive the train system... but the problem is clearing the old tracks from squatters that already settled there... it will take years to do that... but i am eagerly waiting for it to happen... since travelling from my province to the capital city would be very fast...
@angelyka (57)
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
We have the MRT and LRT lines here in the Philippines.
@kiwikidz (753)
• New Zealand
12 Aug 08
Yes we do here in New Zealand, the government has just brought back the rail after a good few years of not owning it. I worked in the railways as a young woman and have always loved the trains, but I don't get to use them these days although we have a great service between West Coast and Christchurch which is a scenic route for tourists and goes through a long tunnel.
@skenthal (1022)
• Turkey
12 Aug 08
i am living in turkey and to say the truth we have train system almost everywhere in turkey however, the train system in turkey is little bit old , its like 70 years old nowadays and its never maintained well, nowadays government is doing some maintainance to put railroads up in shape however seems like reliability to railroad system has broken because there has been lots of railroad crashes because of not maintaining it however if government would make a good job there railroads might become popular again in turkey because we have beautiful sceneries here and travelling with railroad is really enjoyable in these sceneries
@druids (42)
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
Yes we do have them we call it LRT and MRT. Long ago, train was used to transfer locals to another province now its more on air and water travel. LRT and MRT connects inter city stations only and covers only the metropolis
• Philippines
12 Aug 08
Hmm... we have the Metro Railway Transit which practically good for only short distances like going to work. The other transit which is LRT were just the same. When it comes to long distances travel like going to another city or provinces bus is the best source of transpo to use.
@DavidNag (80)
• India
12 Aug 08
ya in india there is train system but its worst..when i went to singapore i went by train it was like heaven...chanceless...such a maintenance
@Izzi27 (1)
12 Aug 08
We have a train system here in the UK but it is awful. Often late and very expensive. Same can be said about our bus services too. No wonder there are so many cars in the UK, with such a disapointing public transport service.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
12 Aug 08
i grew up in the Philippines and spent my first 28 years there. Philippines has a train system and is found in the metro manila area. metro manila is so jammed with traffic especially during the busy hours. to get earlier to your destination, the best way of transportation is the train system. although there are times when the train is full of people. but commuters don't care at all for as long as they can't get there as soon as possible. here in sweden, we do have our own train system which connects one town to another. really helpful to those who aren't comfortable in sitting for hours in a car or in a bus.
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
12 Aug 08
yeah in my country there is but only in Manila the biggest city. not in my area of Bohol.
@velah1 (102)
• India
12 Aug 08
Yea, my country India has the largest train system in Asia. But the experience isn't that nice. The trains are dirty, almost never on time, bad on-train food et al. The fares aren't that expensive though.
• Malaysia
12 Aug 08
AWwwww in malaysia, we don't have train in most state. zzz~
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
12 Aug 08
Hi, we have a train system that goes down the length of the country (north-south). It's not that pricey, and quite enjoyable. However it takes time, for example, if I were to drive or take a bus from my city to another town in the north, it only takes 3-4 hours. By train, it could take 7-8 hours. But if I have all the time, I'd travel by train - it is relaxing, and you get to watch the countryside or small towns that the train passes through!