Riding the Rails in My Imagination
Mark Levisay. Creative Commons 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Some years ago, a video told of a woman who sold her house and made her home on a cruise ship. She sailed the oceans blue, toured the cities magnificent, and soaked in the histories remarkable wherever the ship took her. Since that video came out, others have sought to do the same thing.
For me, I’d tweak the theme a bit. I’d make my home on trains. I’d ride the rails, tour the towns and villages where the real people live, and soak in the beauty of the landscape wherever the trains took me. If a particular place struck my fancy, I’d stop and spend a day or two, then hop on the next train going my way.
VIA Rail Canadian makes a station stop in Jasper, Alberta
(James Brown on the Road at wts Wikivoyage.
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I’d ride VIA Rail Canada’s trains from Halifax to Vancouver. I’d stop in Toronto to visit a former Multiply friend, in Calgary to visit a YouTube friend, and in Vancouver to visit a Five-0 friend. I’d enjoy a ride aboard the Budd Company Streamliner cars that comprise The Canadian, which runs between Toronto and Vancouver. VIA Rail acquired cars from Canadian Pacific, Canadian National, and Amtrak and restored them.
When one train reached its destination, I check into a hotel; take a nice, long shower; and enjoy a scrumptious dinner in an elegant dining room before boarding the next train to see what its route had to offer.
If I came upon a location that truly captured my heart, I’d hop off, convert a heavyweight coach into my tiny house on wheels, and settle onto the observation deck to watch the trains roll past – until the next urge to ride the rails won me over. Then, I’d hitch my tiny house on the back of a passing train and take off across the countryside once more.
Slambo at English Wikipedia.
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Of course, we both know this will never happen. But I can dream, can’t I?