Have You Ever Traveled By Train?

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The question of the week is have you ever traveled by train?

TrainI 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.

Railroad TracksI’m sure you are laughing as you read this and probably think I watch too much tv!

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?

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  1. Julie Wood says:

    I have never traveled by train, but this that it would be a blast to travel by train and see the sites! I want to do this someday!

  2. Piper Leigh says:

    How exciting! I’ve never traveled on a train and have always wanted too.

  3. I love traveling by train. Such a fun experience!

  4. amanda assencoa says:

    i love amtrack we wnt to chicago on it

  5. Sonya Morris says:

    I have been on the train & I kind of enjoyed it. The train schedule had really odd boarding times very early in the morning and it was hard traveling those hours with a toddler.

  6. Rosemary Green says:

    This looks so amazing!! I would like to try it some day.

  7. I have not traveled by train, but my 25 year old daughter has.

  8. We have never traveled by train but we really want to! This inspires me to try!

  9. I want to try the auto train someday, to cut down driving on long trips.

  10. Starr Greenwell says:

    I have never travelled by train but have always wanted to. After reading this, I think I will explore the idea.

  11. Heather says:

    I’ve never traveled by train in the US, but when I lived in France I took it on trips to the country side a few times. I loved how easy it was and the scenery was a mix of great views and graffiti brick walls. Ha!

  12. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I went to Toronto as well many years back by train. We had SO much fun

  13. rebecca shockley says:

    I have never traveled by train, but oh would I love to. I can’t wait to hear why your train ride home didn’t go well, please write about this soon. Thanks for sharing such a great trip!

  14. I have traveled by train a few times.

  15. Never in the US, but all over Europe!

  16. april yedinak says:

    I have traveled by train and I guess it all depends on where you are traveling through as far as your scenery goes. I know that in the mid-west and western states you do see a lot of beautiful scenery. When I lived in NY I did see a lot of urban blight scenes out my window, but it got better each time we left a city behind. I really enjoy train travel and I wish that the US would invest as much into this form of transportation as Europe does. Their trains are cleaner, nicer and more efficient.

  17. Jennifer Marie says:

    I think I would like to consider traveling by train in the future. My friend from work has her parents use the train when they travel from Pa to Oh.

  18. Yes, I have from NY to Florida when I was younger. I took my younger sisters with me on Amtrak but it was really hard to sleep in a seat. I remember these two people who met and asked for an upgrade to a cabin room. LOL.

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  19. We haven’t traveled by train as a family yet, but it would be fun in the future.

  20. Maria Iemma says:

    We went to Florida on the Auto Train one year and we loved it. By the time we got to Orlando we were rested. The kids loved walking between the train cars to the dining car and had a blast.

  21. Last year my mom & I rode a train home from Chicago. So much fun!

  22. Betty Baez says:

    yes i have i use to live in chicago and took the train all the time, and i took a trip from orlando to ft. lauderdale by train that trip was awful! I always dream of riding on a train in a foreign country like scenes from the harry potter or sherlock homes

  23. The most fun train ride here in Colorado is the Durango to Silverton narrow gauge railroad

  24. Michele P says:

    when I was younger I had the pleasure of traveling the Auto Train from Lorton VA to Sanford FL and really enjoyed sitting back and watching the train go by places I’d never seen before-I hope to one day do it again.

  25. I have only traveled by train a couple of hours but I did enjoy it. It was relaxing.

  26. Susan Smith says:

    I have never traveled by train. I think the reason we haven’t is because we don’t have a lot of time off from work. I would love to.

  27. I traveled in Europe by train, I loved it.

  28. Christina says:

    I have, twice when I was younger. I loved it (they were a bit long – 26 hours but we had a great time) and would love to do it again and take my kids on a trip by train!

  29. I have traveled by train in Europe and it was so fun!

  30. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I’d love to take a train trip. Now that we have moved to St Louis, it would be so easy–maybe we’ll take a trip to Chicago.

  31. Maria Malaveci says:

    This picture is stunning. My first answer was no, that I haven’t, but as I thought about it more, I have… It was so long ago. It was a trip when I was in Junior High. Would love to do it again with my family soon!

  32. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Have Never Traveled By Train! I Would Love To Though! :)

  33. No, I have not ever rode a train. but I would love to try it. I think it would be a really neat experience.

  34. We almost took the train to Chicago with the kids for a weekend getaway but decided to drive instead. With their ages it seemed easier to pack what we needed if we were in the car. Maybe next time, they are a bit older now!

  35. md kennedy says:

    When I was little we lived in DC and our parents’ families lived in New England, we used to take the train between DC and Springfield, MA all the time. My parents would get me, my brother and sister all dressed up and it was quite a “to-do” to go on the train! IN Europe, if we cannot fly direct we take the train everywhere. Someday I want to take the train across Canada.

  36. Austin Baroudi says:

    I haven’t but I’ve always wanted to. That picture is amazing btw!

  37. I’ve never traveled by train before but I’ve always wanted to! It’s on my bucketlist.

  38. Trains in the Colorado mountains. Train from Omaha to Virginia Beach. Trains all over Europe. Trains are fun.

  39. Jennifer Marie says:

    I have not ever traveled by train, does sounds pretty interesting though.

  40. I have never traveled by train. My niece has done it several times to come and visit us. She loves it. She said it very comfortable and she can just sit back and relax. I would love to take a train some day.

  41. saminder gumer says:

    i have traveled by train, but it has been a long time. i think it is a forgotten mode of transportation but i would love to take it again soon.

  42. LAMusing says:

    As a child back in the 60’s my mom and I traveled by train a number of times. It was wonderful – I have many fond memories of our trips :)

  43. Joni Mason says:

    I’ve never traveled by train and I like you would have expected beautiful sweeping views. I would still travel by train though because of the cost. Thanks for sharing!

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