Going by train?


I have to confess that the first thing I think of when I think of trains is Downton Abbey, that very opening scene where hero John bates steps off the train. That show was set between around 1914 to sometime in the 1920’s. Trains were a huge part of transportation at that time. Now trains are more of a relic of the past than a convenient means of transportation these days.. Or so we think.

Airports these days are going to take up a lot of your time. You have to get there in plenty of time to get through security. And then there are delays in flights. Trains, especially in Europe, tend to run like clockwork. [that was, in part, due to Herr Hilter. That might be the only good thing that he did.] But anyway..

Trains are also known for being more flexible. They run specific routes, and if you miss your scheduled train, without too much extra stress or expense.. And when it comes to traveling with children, trains may be a better way to keep them entertained. Let’s look at some reasons why.

  • I know you can see some from an airplane, especially if you’re flying during the day. But trains are right on the ground where you can see everything.
  • Another benefit of riding on a train is that you can get up and walk around. You are free to explore. You can meet the conductor and ask him your questions.
  • You are also freer to either pack your own food or to go into the dining cart.
  • ┬áTrains have some tables that will allow you to play games as a family. And this is a great way to pass the time.

Please let me know your thoughts or any questions you might have.

Luxury train rides


Sundays are the days I do not work. And so on Mondays it takes me sometime to get back to the way I like things to be. Anyway… I know today is a holiday, but I am going to work some anyway since nothing else is going on.

I vaguely remember going on a train ride when I was a little girl. We had relatives in Ohio and Indiana, and my guess is we were going to see either or both of those.. I also have an uncle who is a train fanatic. So today let’s look at some luxury trains. The first train we are going to look at is in India and runs from Delhi to Mumbai. They have recently gotten new bedspreads and carpet. They have rooms and suites that sound pretty much like a hotel. They have very nice food too. And you can choose between Indian food and more normal fare.

The Shrang Li Express is in China. The compartments have air cconditioning and twin beds that are arranged like bunk beds. You are going to eat the local cuisine as you travel on this train. This is a great way to see the CChinese countryside.

I am going to stop here. Let me know if either of these interest you.