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Train Travel


Train Travel.

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Train travel is one of the most comfortable ways to get from one place to another.  If you are fan of short distant holidays, travelling by train may be a good option for you. 

Flying high up in the clouds is a wonderful experience, exciting and even a little mystical.  However, when it comes to comfort, it’s hard to argue that train travel beats air travel hands down.  Unless you’re flying first class, which most of us don’t.

Just about every where in the World has it’s own rail network that will take you from one city to another.  As with flying, there is also first class and economy seating.  With the added bonus of some scenic views. 

Cost Advantages. rain Travel Image 5

When you compare the cost of train travel to air travel it’s a no-brainer.  At least Children under 12-16 can travel at a reduced price, which is not the case when flying.  

If you’re destination is 300 miles or less, choosing to travel by rail is not a bad idea.  If you want to get to your destination fast, flying is obviously a better choice. However, if you’re destination is 300 miles or less.  It’s worth considering taking the train, especially if travelling with young Children.  It may take an hour or so longer, but does that really matter?  Journey time from London to Paris is approximately 2 & half hours  by train.  By air it’s approximately 1 hour 10 minutes, not much difference.

There is much more space and room to manoeuvre on a train when you have young babies or small children.  I also think that train travellers are a little more tolerant of small children running around a little.  

Train Movies.

Everybody loves a Movie, and there’s been no shortage of train movies over the past 50 years.  The earliest movie I ever saw associated with a train was Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers on a Train”.  If you’ve never seen it I highly recommend you do.  It is an absolute classic but it is shot in Black & White.  I suspect many of the “Old Black & White Classic Movies will be remastered and colourized.  Below is my top ten train movies listed by their release date.  

My Top Ten Favourite Train Movies. Train Travel Image 6a

1. The Lady Vanishes – 1938. 
2. Strangers on a Train – 1950. 
3. North by Northwest – 1959. 
4. Von Ryan’s Express – 1965. 
5. The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 – 1974. 
6. The Cassandra Crossing – 1975.
7. Murder on the Orient Express – 1974. 
8. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles – 1987. 
9. Mission: Impossible – 1996. 
10. Unstoppable – 2010. 

Resources:

Virgin Trains,  Thetrainline or Eurostar  – These train Companies run services to Cities in the UK and a long list of European Cities.

 

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