A Thread of Trains

#1

Inspired by the fact that I am on a train and need to pass the time.

What’s your best and worst train journeys?

Best: Marseille to Nice - goes right along the French Riviera - absolutely stunning

Worst: The time on my way to uni when I’d been out the night before and really needed to vom but was stuck standing next to a guy who hadn’t washed for weeks.

#2

Best: the train from San Sebastian to Bilbao through the basque country. Absolutely beautiful despite the fact that I was in my bike wanker gear and couldn’t get a seat.

Worst: Newark North Gate to London Kings Cross one time when I had to boot my CEO out of my seat reservation. Luckily he didn’t recognise me.

#3

Done marseille to Barcelona which includes the riviera bit. Lovely.
Munich to Prague is pretty.
Really love the one from here to Manchester through the hope Valley.

Bleakest and worst quality train was Belgrade to Sarajevo, but was also pretty fascinating

#4

Best - Salou to Barcelona. Along the Costa Dorada. Picturesque.
Worst - Bradford to Derby via York. Was pissed after being force-fed beer and chips at Valley Parade. Had to change at York and lay on a bench outside York Station because I felt that ill. Finally vommed when we were bypassing Chesterfield

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#5

I like the Cambrian Line. :+1:

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#6

Best: dunno, they’re all shite. West Coast main line up to Rannoch was probably the least bad.

Worst: Strasbourg to Cambridge when I’d had a pizza for lunch and didn’t know I was lactose intolerant yet.

#7

have you thrown up on public transportation?

  • no
  • I am only human
  • I have thrown up directly after getting off public transport

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#8

Best: Top deck
Worst: Bottom deck

#9

Ooh I forgot about Brussels to Antwerp when I got to sit on the top deck

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#10

Best: Nariz del Diablo
http://trenecuador.com/en/day-trips/the-devils-nose/

Worst: daily commute from Drayton Park to Moorgate (when living in Highbury)

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#11

Man, A Song of Ice and Fire has really lost its mystique

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#12

Looks great (the former)

#13

Best: Fort William to Glasgow.
Worst: Nice to Genoa (beautiful really but inexplicably stopped for two-and-a-half hours without air-con).

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#14

Worst: the Heathrow Express on my way home when I had noro on the flight back from San Francisco. Felt like death.

Best: hard to beat the trans-penine express on a sunny day

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#15

Did the Chicago to San Francisco one, which was obviously amazing - massive farms into mountains into deserts into redwood forests.

It was also 16 hrs late by the time it reached California :exploding_head:

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#16

best: Ourense - Monforte is one of my faves. Winds through stunning gorges next to a river. only about an hour long.

worst: Liverpool st - Stansted. Fucking hate that trip.

#17

The trains on that line are the worst possible advert for rail privatisation. Shitty 80s trains (at a guess) that break down all the time and make alarming noises at speed.

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#18

Love a train as a general rule
Only had one bad experience- Falmouth back to Cheltenham which took about 6 hours with changes. Idiot here had the bright idea of drinking a load of rattlers in the sun thinking aw grand, I’ll just sleep most of the way back. Accidentally gave myself mild sunstoke, had to stand (until I couldn’t any more cause I was so unsteady, so sat on my suitcase swaying wildly), utterly hammered to the point where it just wasn’t fun, barely remember it apart from occasionally groaning and saying “I’m not having fun anymore. This isn’t fun. Heeeelp”. My boyfriend at the time later told me I was just staring through him, completely out of it
NOT FUN

#19

I went down south from Barcelona on a train along the sea and it was super nice

I guess worst is limehouse - bank - moorgate. dunno why I didn’t just walk it.

#20

Best: Milan - Barcelona sleeper. Drank a ton of mini bottles of wine, woke up at sunrise with the train looking out over the med. Beautiful.

Exeter - Plymouth, and all the way to Penzance is lovely too

Worst: Prague - Krakow was pretty bad, as was Krakow - Vienna. But probably the journeys when the commuter line goes down to Waterloo. Delays, overcrowding, shitty passengers