The question of the week is have you ever traveled by train?
I did a few years ago with my mom when we were traveling to Toronto for a mom & me weekend getaway. Things went smoothly. Boarding was easy and it wasn’t long before we were on our way. The ride was nice because neither of us had to do any driving so we were able to sit back and chat the entire time.
I was surprised because I had been hoping the views would be more scenic. I had always pictured every train trip as passing through beautiful pastures of grazing cows and sheep, passing over winding rivers and streams, and steaming through lush wooded areas filled with birds and other wildlife.
Instead I found the views out the window reminded me very much of riding the Cleveland Rapid which is similar to Chicago’s L. It’s like an above ground subway that transports you from the suburbs to downtown and back again. On the Rapid you are sure to see lots of brick walls, graffiti, trash blown about, and houses that need maintenance and painting. This was what the trip to Toronto was like.
My mom and I would glance out the windows every now and then to see if the view had improved but it never really did. We didn’t mind though and understood that if we had been taking the train in other parts of the country our views would be very different. Instead we spent the time chatting, catching up, and reading.
Our train arrived on time and it was a breeze gathering up our luggage and heading off to explore Toronto.
It was a good experience and our way home was just as pleasant. I was pleased with the money we saved and it was nice not having to deal with the stress of driving.
I was so pleased, in fact, that I was excited when I bought a train ticket for a trip from Chicago to Cleveland. I had flown to Chicago and found I would save a ton of money if the took the train back home. Unfortunately that trip did not go as well as the one to Toronto but I’ll save that story for another time.
What about you? Have you ever traveled by train? Did you enjoy it? Would you do it again?