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Have you ever ridden in a train?

Asked at Target, 3201 Iowa St. on February 20, 2011

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“Yes, to Colorado. My son was 8 months old and I didn’t want to drive myself.”

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“No, I live three blocks from the station. I’ve thought about it, just never got around to it.”

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“Yes, it was in elementary school. We went somewhere out in the Flint Hills for a field trip.”

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“No, I haven’t had the opportunity but I always wanted to.”


Bill Lee 7 years, 4 months ago

Yes; many times, both here and in Europe. When in Chicago, I always take the El instead of driving. I've hopped a few freight trains, too, but I was much younger then. High speed rail would be a major benefit to transportation in this country.

Pitt_Mackeson 7 years, 4 months ago

Yeah it was a long time ago in Baldwin somewhere........ it was a train that went nowhere because it'd go maybe a few miles down some track and then go backwards to where we started. Me and my brothers would always get in the top section of the caboose and pretend we were train bandits.

Gene Wallace 7 years, 4 months ago

Yes! As a kid, Chicago to Tiptonville, TN. Thailand in '73, Tahkli to Bangkok, (Krung Thep Maha Nakhon) and 2004 - 2006 the Coaster, Oceanside to San Diego. Twas Brillig! Those rides are on my "Life Experiences List". (As is that horrible Greyhound trip from San Diego to Hays, KS and back. No Fun!)

pace 7 years, 4 months ago

I love train travel, some of the best trips I ever had and one of the worst. The best was when I spent the money and treated myself and my daughter to a two week trip with a sleeper. It was wonderful, along the Shenandoah valley, then up the Hudson. in the fall. They are like little towns. The last trip, east, was a nightmare, leaking carraige and they failed to get me home. I ended up flying, they gave me a $100. voucher for my next trip. If I could I would go on a thirty day trip to the west. I am glad my kid got to go on a real train trip.

Chrissy Neibarger 7 years, 4 months ago

I used to ride the Amtrak train from Wichita to St. Louis to visit my father while I was still in high school. I remember the trips lasting forever. Much slower going than driving! But it was easier to sleep in than riding a bus. Seemed safer back then as well.

raginredhead 7 years, 4 months ago

I went on a 22 hour train trip from KC to Dallas. The train started in KC went to St. Louis and down through Arkansas to get to Texas. Ugghhh!

muddfoot55 7 years, 4 months ago

In Germany in the 70's, Frankfurt to Berlin through restricted East Germany at night. Was an exciting adventure but scary at the same time. They collected our passports when we entered E.Germany and we didn't get them back till we entered Berlin. This was all before the "Wall" came down.

Kris_H 7 years, 4 months ago

I used to take the train from Lawrence to Dodge City, which was as close as I could get to my home town by train, to go home from KU on the breaks. I didn't have a car and my folks were too poor and too busy and had too many other kids to come to Lawrence all the time.

It wasn't bad except it got to Dodge City at some ungodly early morning hour. One year at winter break it had snowed so bad in SW Kansas that I had to stay overnight in a hotel in Dodge City because the roads were closed.

The worst experience I ever had on the train was once when I was already feeling kind of puny from some kind of virus and got seated next to a cigar smoker. I was so sick. Guess that wouldn't happen now, huh?

FloridaSunshine 7 years, 4 months ago're so full of your usual mirth today. Can't tell you how many times I have had a good laugh while reading your remarks over the last...well, however long it's been...

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 4 months ago

YES!!! Took the train to New York summer of '09. LOVED IT!! Can't wait to do it again. I'm hoping to take the grands on a short trip this summer. I hope Obama does the high-speed rail thing. 27 hours with a 6 hour layover in Chicago seemed like forever. But it was very relaxing.

RoeDapple 7 years, 4 months ago

Three months before I was born my parents and older sister (eleven months old at the time) were on a train that hit a gasoline tank truck. The train was engulfed in burning gasoline so to "save" my sister my mother threw her out of the train onto a snow drift. Being unborn at the time I bravely chose to stay on the train with my parents. Lucky for all, no casualties. My sister however never did like winter. Especially when it snowed.

FloridaSunshine 7 years, 4 months ago

HA!! Good one, O!! Why would anyone want to own such a shirt...not to mention actually WEARING it? I am surprised it got by the guardians of LJW...they must have fallen asleep on the job...or maybe because it's the weekend...

notanota 7 years, 4 months ago

Yes. Both here and in Europe, and I still prefer trains over flying when time allows.

Michael Lindsey 7 years, 4 months ago

I rode the красная стрелка between Moscow and St.Petersburg, Russia

sallyone 7 years, 4 months ago

No, just never really saw it as a realistic alternative to car or plane travel, to 19th century!

Mary Darst 7 years, 4 months ago

When I was little we rode the train to Kansas City all the time. My mom would take us kids and then my Dad would drive up after he was off work and meet us. The kansas City Train Station was a grand place at that time.. Also, rode the train to the Ice Capades in K.C. many times. When I was in High School a friend and I would get on the train and ride 10- 15 miles to another town to go swimming at the pool her sister ran. At the end of the day we rode back....That's just crazy.

Shelley Bock 7 years, 4 months ago

Have ridden trains in Costa Rica, Peru, England, Spain and many years ago in the US. Most recently rode the Eurostar from London to Paris and back. Fun and enjoyable in Costa Rica (San Jose to Limon, then to Cahijta), England (London to Liverpool, Colchester, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Scotland, and Newark) and Spain (Ave from Sevilla to Madrid) . An adventure in Peru (Lima to Huancayo, Cuzco to Juliaca). A pleasure on Eurostar.

I would prefer train transport like that of the UK. Unfortunately American cities aren't laid out like those in Europe and UK because once at a location, public transportation doesn't allow you to get around without a car.

I would like high speed train transport in the US. We'll just agrue about it for years and it won't ever get built. In the meantime, other countries will pass us by......

FloridaSunshine 7 years, 4 months ago

Oh, yes...and never again!
My dear friend said it would be a "fun adventure"...oh, sure... The train derailed and horror ensued... No, I will never step my foot on another train...ever...for any reason. I had always wanted to take the train through the Adirondacks during autumn to see the colors...I regret that I will not be doing so...

sr80 7 years, 4 months ago

my momma said "if you can't say anything nice.don't say anything at all"!!! i think i will heed those words. have a nice day FS !!!!

Mike Ford 7 years, 4 months ago

took the AMTRAK to Chicago and back last October. Good trip and we took the EL and Metra all over Chicago while we were there. It sooo confusing how the dumblicans want to go back in time and not go back to the trains in their mythological time of 1950's existence. Oh that's right they have selective memories.

true_patriot 7 years, 4 months ago

Trains are great. Wish we had more of them in this part of the country. We are getting left in the dust compared to other developed nations.

Jay Keffer 7 years, 4 months ago

There used to be a miniature railroad track back amongst some homes in the Centennial neighborhood. Off of 22nd? Never saw the train that ran on it, but saw the tracks. No more than 2 feet wide. Most have been someone's hobby.

Anybody remember this?

riverdrifter 7 years, 4 months ago

I think I did about 129,000 miles before I got sick of it. I had 2 good friends die on freight trains during my career. I loved it and hated it. So it goes.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 4 months ago

I loved riding the trains in Holland. I still miss the sounds.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 4 months ago

My father worked for the Union Pacific for over thirty years. Before Amtrak we could travel free anywhere on UPs line and offline for a discount. We went just about everywhere by train. My mom day tripped with my sisters and me to Topeka. Went to the capitol building and the state museum. Weekend tripped to Denver. When i was 5 my mother and I went all the way to Elmira New York. Three days on the train with a state room. Most recently, I took Amtrak from KC to Portland, Oregon. Took the southwest route through Albuquerque to LA then took the Coast Starlight Special up the west coast. I think my most favorite memories of it, though, were when my parents were in the UP employees club. They had annual picnics at different places in Kansas hosted by different chapters of the club. UP would put two passenger cars on a freight train and we would have our own private train to Ellis, Oakley and one other town I can't remember. The picnics would always be at a city park in walking distance of the tracks. They would shunt the cars off on a siding during the picnic and then pick us back up to take us home that night. The adults would always confine the kids to one car (usually the back car) and the other car was "adults only" so they could drink and play cards undisturbed.

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