Train travel

Last week my reserved train seat was in the little compartment at the front of the train just behind the driver. This meant my fellow passengers (about a dozen of us) had a terrific view of the train simply eating up the distance as the sun rose.

I have never before sat in one of these seats so I really enjoyed it. I don’t think it was a particularly fast piece of track although it was fast enough that sometimes things would whizz past in the middle distance before you had worked out if it was a shed or a cow. I especially enjoyed floating past the traffic on the autobahn situated alongside us: I found myself feeling extremely smug about that!

Still, I do find myself caught up in the opportunities for train travel in Europe. While my initial expectations were perhaps a little romantic and tinged with the drama of too many Agatha Christie novels as a child, I still find them endlessly convenient and valuable.

Regional Express train
Regional Express train

How indeed shall we cope when we return to Australia and find that the journey from Melbourne to Perth is a ridiculous SIX DAYS and costs an outrageous $1,700 AUD. Not only that, but these are special services – there is no regular rail service operating at such distances. Even the Melbourne – Sydney train takes thirteen hours !

I’d love to have our great big stupid country all connected with lovely railways running past (and faster!) than the highways.

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