Does Anyone Travel By Train Any More?

@ClassyCat (1214)
United States
February 20, 2010 7:33pm CST
I'm wondering if anyone travels by train any more for a vacation. I'd like to find a place somewhere where I could take a train trip to a place near the ocean. Any ideas? Have you taken a train on a vacation within the past couple of years, and if so, where did you go, and did you enjoy your trip?
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
21 Feb 10
If I could afford to travel and when I do travel, if money is of no issue, I definitely prefer to travel by train. The train routes typically go through the countryside and through the hearts of the bigger cities, and make for a sometimes very scenic trip. Trains are typically roomier than the buses, and many trains have dining cars where one can purchase foods, drinks, and sundries, which definitely make travel more comfortable. I have taken trains from central Illinois to Chicago to a town near Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as the Metra rail in the Chicago area. I enjoyed it immensely, and recommend rail over bus ANY day!
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@mandybeau (279)
• New Zealand
21 Feb 10
You can do 18 km in a train from upper Hutt to Wellington outr capital, but there are other places are along the Wellington safront. New Zeland is beautiful and you could get a train ride that took you on either of our Islands, from Picton to Kaikoura, where you see the Whales. This would be the best one. So put New Zealand on your Itinerary, you'll love the scenery its really beautiful, plus we have shops and an arty lifestyle. Lots of fresh produce and piles to see.
@ClassyCat (1214)
• United States
26 Feb 10
Thanks for all of your comments. I guess I should have thought to mention that I was asking mainly about train travel here in the USA. I traveled by train many years ago when my kids were small, and it was fun. We packed a picnic lunch, and had a 'sleeper car' for the night time part of our trip. Of course the kids loved it. But the routes have been changed drastically between where I live here in Oklahoma City, OK., and Columbus, Wisconsin, where I'd need to go into. Now the train starts here and goes "south" to Fort Worth (about 3 and a half hours out of the way, and then heads north. Instead of taking the former route, it now goes into Chicago, and then I'd be stuck there "overnight!" That's the part that I don't like. I'm hoping that the trains here are eventually improved, and funding for them will help make trips a little easier and less out of the way. Thanks again for all of your information. Happy traveling
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
23 Feb 10
I love to travel by train. I am a solo traveller and a senior citizen so safety and comfort are important to me. I live in Canada and two years ago I took the train from Toronto to Winnipeg and then a plane to Churchill Manitoba to see some polar bears in the wild before they become extinct. I had a roomette on the train which was really fun. The bed was pulled down from the wall in the evening and made up by the stewart with a nice duvet. There was also a toilet if you lifted the single seat and a tiny wash basin. The food in the dining car was terrific and solo travellers were always seated at different tables for different meals. So I met some wonderful and interesting people. There was a university professor from out west, a conductor of a chamber orchestra and and a published author who sent me one of her books afterwards. There was also a chap who was fullfilling his life's dream to travel by train in Canada from coast to coast. I think it took about a week. There was also a dome car where you could sit up high and admire the scenery, a games room to read the papers, do puzzles, have coffee and snacks and chat with other people. My journey took 2 1/2 days and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It was frightfully expensive though and the only reason I could afford it was because I had a lot of points accumulated from the time I used to travel by train every week on business when I was still working. Now I am retired and on a fixed income and trips like that are out, but the memory of that trip will always be with me. I enquired last year about a trip by Amtrak from Montreal to Florida. It was much more expensive than flying since I needed to stay over in Montreal one night on the way there and one night on the way back and I believe also in Washington D.C. I hear that you can take wonderful trips with Amtrack. You should check into it.
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
22 Feb 10
Here in our country travelling by Train is not comfortable. That's the reson I prefer to travel by car or van when going to countryside. I have never experienced riding in one of the trains here that travels from the city to another town as from what I've been hearing it is not a good experience. However, I would love to travel by train as what I watch in the movie.
• United States
21 Feb 10
I have never been on a train. However one of my good friends is coming back from a trip to New Mexico and she took the train there. She enjoyed it and really the cost was not too bad either. To get from Ohio to New Mexico I think she said round trip it was 300$. I think that would be better than a plane. So I went on Amtraks website and looked at some places I would like to go in Ohio and the prices were really good. I am going to try and take a trip to two places this year. One is Cleveland and the other is Chicago. I think the cost was really good and I would have lots of fun. I would consider it and you can go on the Amtrak website and see what it might cost you as well. Happy mylotting friend.
@monkeylong (3146)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Feb 10
As far as I am concerned, I think I like to travel by train which I enjoy most when travelling. For travelling by train can be very cheap and can help me save a lot of money .Then I can enjoy most when travelling to some other place.I think in the future , people still should travell by train. Without train when travelling, they will spend a large amount of money.
• India
21 Feb 10
There are people who still travel by train.. i went to kodai in train with my family.. great scenes.. really awesome one..
@voldrox (7204)
• India
21 Feb 10
i don't travel long distances much, in that case i could be using more of the airliners but well i use domestic ones often, well i still love to travel in train though, but alone is boring i would love to have a friend or someone and i would not consider the time it takes to reach my destination.. i love to gaze out of the window and just think about things listening to my music player.. lol when i fly i don't have much time to listen to my favourite tracks
• Philippines
21 Feb 10
it depends if we have lots of things to bring as they are not allowed loaded things on train. so if we only have one backpack each then no problem since its more convenience and no traffic. but if we have lots of stuff to bring then we prefer to have our own car. last summer we went to the beach and so we only bring one bag each so we took train since on that station theres a bus going to the ferry. and since its only 30 mins by train and so we did. coz if not it will took us more than an hour to reach there by bus or jeepney
@ATrain (56)
• United States
21 Feb 10
I have traveled a couple times by train to go skiing. Trains are very cheap and nice in the United States but much slower than planes and sometimes not convenient. I know there is also a train that goes to Vancouver which I have heard is very nice and runs frequently.
• China
21 Feb 10
Ha.Actually,in my coutry,most people travel around by train.The ticket for trains are sold at almost the same price as for planes.You might get confused cus in most cases,taking a plane is much faster and more convenient than taking a train in your journey.But things are simply different here.An express train from Shanghai toward Guangzhou takes only 5 hours to reach the destination,and plane 2 hours. Is it convenient?Absolutely.The operation company provides sophisticated service on the train varies from food,rest area and cafe.
• India
21 Feb 10
ya i travel in train lot . recently we went to place called kanyamumari train only . i like the train journey more than the bus journey . there will be lots of people we can sleep comfortably if we feel tierd . there will be a restroom and a canteen too . these things make me fell that train journey is more comfortable than a journey in a bus . i used to take the local train daily to go to my college . i like travelling in train .
• United States
21 Feb 10
I have never gone on vacation by train. I will be going to Va in a few months. I will not be going by plane this time. I was done when I heard about the man with explosives in his under wear. So the train will hav eto be the way. Miami has the best beaches I have seen so far. The water is so clear and nice to be in.
@TAZNEM (656)
• Philippines
21 Feb 10
i think lots of people nowadays still use trains for travel. if you meant fast trains that are used for going to work like the once used in japan then i'd say a lot of people ride trains in this age, we even have several trains in our country that travels long distances. HOWEVER, if your looking for something like a luxury train for relaxing and vacation? then YES there is still luxury trains existing nowadays am sorry i forgot where you could find it cuz i just saw it featured once in travel and living, it was an awesome train its like a mobile five star hotel, but you could still look it up on the internet if you are interested.