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through the window of a train

March 11, 2010

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there’s something old-fashioned about traveling by train that i really like. i’m always captivated by the older stations, filled with history and the accumulated travel stories of generations of people. on the train, i love watching the world pass by – snippets of unfamiliar towns, mountains or valleys in the distance, alongside the sea or a slow-moving river, a quick glimpse of someone stopped in their car, waiting at the train tracks for your train to pass by and gazing off into the distance before they continue with their day (do they wish they were on a train, traveling somewhere else?).

i snapped the photos above on a recent train journey and i love the movement, the changing scenery, the snippets captured, the blur, the light.

  1. March 11, 2010 8:10 am

    i love a trip by train too. these are nice brian. i’m glad you chose the white cliffs. it’s on my list as well.

  2. March 11, 2010 8:51 am

    Lovely images. I love traveling by train too.

  3. wonderingsandwanderings permalink
    March 11, 2010 9:19 am

    beautiful. i know exactly what you mean. i could spend forever looking out train windows. the time i spent on trains when i traveled through italy were some of my favorite hours. the sun shining through the window, small Italian towns and long stretches of green, vineyards, old villas, cherry trees with pink blossoms blowing in the wind. and then there is the train station with departure and arrival boards flipping times and destinations like something from the past. it sounds like the shuffling of a deck of cards, a flapping of wings. sigh. i think i’m jonesing for an adventure.

  4. March 11, 2010 9:27 am

    I love train rides. now worries and big windows. great tones here, esp. the third.

  5. March 11, 2010 9:28 am

    no* worries.

  6. March 11, 2010 9:39 am

    i too love a journey by train. these photos are magical. they capture the beauty of this type of travel brilliantly!

  7. March 11, 2010 9:46 am

    I love these, the light is spectacular. And the thought of traveling by train is nostalgic.

  8. March 11, 2010 10:15 am

    where are you off to? I love train travel… I wish it were more accessible a mode of travel in the US…

  9. Miki permalink
    March 11, 2010 10:30 am

    I, too, am a fan of trains… there’s something so romantic about them, even in the modern age of plastic tables and plug sockets. I can gaze out of the window and imagine that I’m travelling in another time, or just immerse myself in the view. You’ve caught some lovely shots here – I particularly like the last one. I also love your previous snapshots of everyday life, which are beautiful in their simplicity.

  10. Jean Prescott permalink
    March 11, 2010 11:00 am

    Traveling by train forces you to slow down, and it is rather like being rocked to sleep as a baby. Comforting. I love it. There’s nowhere near enough of it in the States.

  11. March 11, 2010 12:05 pm

    These pics are GORG!!!!!!!!!!

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  13. March 11, 2010 1:04 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous…

  14. March 11, 2010 1:45 pm

    These pictures remind me of the nostalgia of the Tiny Dancer bus ride scene in Almost Famous.

  15. Danya permalink
    March 11, 2010 3:26 pm

    Lovely, dreamy photos!

  16. March 11, 2010 8:39 pm

    Oh how I wish that train travel was a commons means of transportation in the United States for all the reasons you listed. Just here in Texas I imagine that people would use it regularly if there was service between San Antonio, Houston, Austin and Dallas. It seems so logical, but …

  17. March 11, 2010 8:45 pm

    i think its the romanticism of taking the train. the flashing of the scenery like a silent movie, the mysteries of what lies beyond the stations you pass en route to your destination. so great for imagination, or just as lovely to delve into your own thoughts.

    been following your blog for a while, thanks for sharing snippets of your day and segments of your life. really enjoy your perspective in photography, its very intimate.

  18. March 11, 2010 9:12 pm

    I “LOVE” trains!! The long train journey once I had from Malaysia to Thailand was great! Sceneries of small villages, children waving & smiling, looking at the morning sun rise, buying food from the food vendors through the window….

  19. March 11, 2010 10:43 pm

    you’ve captured in photographs the sentiments and feelings that i never can. train travel is such a wonderful excuse for reflection and imagining. thanks for sharing

  20. jose permalink
    March 12, 2010 4:24 am

    Such a beautiful photos
    such a beautiful words

  21. March 12, 2010 3:49 pm

    I think my favourite part about travelling by train is that you are witness to things that no one else sees unless they were on the train…the back gardens of fancy homes, a couple of phesants taking cover under a hedge, abandonned ladders and overgrown fences filled with wild roses in the summer. I miss the train…

  22. March 12, 2010 8:19 pm

    i want to hold that last photo in my hands.
    then place it on a wall with a pushpin.
    it makes me quite happy.

  23. March 12, 2010 8:21 pm

    trains are magical.

  24. March 13, 2010 12:58 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. There’s really nothing better than travelling by train. I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog. The photos you have on here are excellent.

  25. March 14, 2010 8:32 am

    if you have time in the UK I really recommend doing the Settle to Carlisle line and Glasgow to Mallaig which are utterly spectacular. The latter is considered one of the great train journeys of the world.

    More train info

  26. March 16, 2010 6:07 pm

    Beautiful images! I wish I was on a train right now!

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