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Train Bring back the golden age of the train, the days of steam, when trains were a luxury to travel on, used by rich and poor alike. The dreamy days when Jenny Agutter took off her petticoats to stop a train crash, the romantic screech of the whistle, the casual puffing of the pistons always taking you to where you wanted to get to.

Now we have electric and Diesel monstrosities, which can be stopped by leaves on the track (how does a leaf stop a 1000 ton train?), with timetables more of a work of fiction than any fairy story, trains owned by one company and the track owned by another, and never the two should meet, let alone organise something.

Stories set on luxury trains like the Orient Express put the modern system we have now to shame, it is interesting to know that in India they still run steam trains, that are always packed to the roofs with passengers, all of whom know they will get to their destinations, at the time stated, in India! A country well known for its lack of attention to clocks or timetables.

In the heart, of the capital city of London, the underground trains take people around the city at a good speed. Certainly faster than the road traffic above, but the tube trains have an interesting way to make a journey more of a challenge. They often miss out stations while travelling, only telling you when on-route, that the station has been closed for the day, the closure was planned weeks before, but why tell the passengers before they get on the train with tickets for that station, bought only minutes before.

The Underground is also interesting in the way that everyone is reading books on the train, not newspapers, how long is the journey going to take? The ones not reading books are happily in a world of their own with their headphones on. So much for the idle chatting of your travelling companions as you wend your way on the public transport system, helping to pass the time as you meet new and interesting people.


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