Train journeys can be either a pleasure or a pain.
The one joy of an overcrowded commuter train journey into town is to look at the unmoving traffic on the road alongside the tracks and realise that you’ll be wherever you and they want to go a bit quicker, as long as you adopt a measure of stoicism.
A journey, rather than a commute is for me one of life’s pleasures, assuming it’s daytime, and I’ve got a window seat facing forward. Ah, the joy of gazing into backyards, watching the changing scenery and realising that there are green expanses outside the city and, presumably, fresh air.
You’re not belt-buckled to your seat, you can see where you’re going so you’re not culture shocked as you can be when disembarking from a plane after a mere hour or two of discomfort. Trains are also better for flirting, reading, sleeping and dreaming.
Unless you’re in the driver’s cab …
So, all aboard … let these train tracks take the strain out of your day.
01. Sidsel Endresen – Waiting Train
02. Ed Lange and His Trio Andeno – El Tren (The Train)
03. Working Week – Soul Train
04. Banco de Gaia – Last Train to Lhasa
05. Jay McShann – Honky Tonk Train Blues
06. Eldar Djangirov – Take The ‘A’ Train
07. Mark Wingfield – Train Into The Reeds
08. Buzzcocks – Late For The Train
09. Don Cherry – Love Train
10. ‘No Name’ – Lonely Train