Seize the Day!


“All Aboard!”

No, we aren’t headed out anywhere on a train again, but I would hop at the chance to go again.

I really did enjoy the train, gazing out the window at the beautiful scenery that sped by. Yes, there were the times that there wasn’t a whole lot to see, but it sure does beat traveling on the interstate and just seeing other vehicles, speed limit signs and more signs. The times that we went through the tunnels weren’t great, but we didn’t have too many of those times where we just stared out into total blackness.

You really do get treated very well on the train. Almost like royalty. Your meals are served to you, with flowers decorating the table. You get to choose from a variety of entrees and they are delicious. They had a chocolate dessert that was so tasty.


The crew members were all nice and the people we met on the train were friendly as well. So yes, if you are looking for a different type of traveling, a more relaxed way of traveling, I would recommend taking a trip down the tracks!

There is only one thing that caught us by surprise and that was the lack of security.Ā  We knew it wouldn’t be as tight as it is when going to airports now, but we really did not expect to walk right onto the train with our luggage, without going through any kind of metal detector!

Would this have stood out to me prior to “9/11”, I don’t think so.Ā  Since 9/11 though I have become so accustomed to having bags searched when going to an amusement park, a concert, any kind of public event. On the train we were greeted with a cheery Hello and just waved right onto the train. Did it feel good? Yes, it did. Much better than standing in line for hours as you wait to go through security and get patted down, etc., like what happens at airports.

It was more relaxing for sure, but yes in the back of my mind I couldn’t help but wonder how safe were we?? I didn’t let it bother me, but I am curious as to your opinion. Do you think they should tighten up train security? Or should we not let ourselves give in to the fear that does want to plaque us a lot in this culture?

We did talk to one crew member about it and his feelings. He said at every meeting that they have, security is talked about, and the crew members push for tighter security for they do at times feel like sitting ducks. He admitted though that it is more complex, for its not a plane that makes one stop and lets everyone off. The train made 40 stops one way when we were on it. There are always people getting off and getting on and the train wants to be quick. The stops are often not more than 10 minutes long.

What is the best answer? What are your thoughts? He said that they were told that Al queda has made threats to bomb the railroad system. Going through metal detectors won’t help much if there is already a bomb on the tracks!

I am not sure what the answer is, but I do know that after 9/11 it was scary at first to go places and with all the shootings that have happened here in the States, you do think twice sometimes when being at a public event. But I don’t want to let fear rule. There is too much life to enjoy! So if I get the opportunity to ride a train again, I will, for there are times you just need to cherish the moments and Seize the Day!


One more view from the train.


27 thoughts on “Seize the Day!

  1. I wouldn’t mind the “no security” thing. I get tired of airport security, and I’m willing to take a chance with Al Qaeda. My biggest concern would be spam. Did you know you can derail a train by putting spam on the tracks? Yep, that slick stuff will cause the wheels to slide right off. And I’ve heard a rumor that the Queen of Spam has been on Amtrak. Which leaves me feeling a little disconcerted.

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  2. Almost 25 years years ago I travelled by train from Washington DC to Seattle and I still have very fond memories of that experience. Of course, none of us thought about security issues at that time. I honestly don’t think enhanced security checks would work for train travel. It would be incredibly labor-intensive and only marginally effective, I believe. We are much more conscious of threats now than we used to be and I think the best we can do is to be alert, following the well-used slogan, “If you see something, say something.”

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  3. Ahhh … a multi-faceted question, one with no simple answer. However, this I will say. The threat of Islamic terrorism against the United States is vastly over-stated, and since 11 September 2001, almost all terrorist incidents have been domestic, perpetrated by citizens of this country. Now, terrorism is terrorism, and in one sense, it doesn’t matter who commits it, but … in this case, it has been over-blown for political reasons, to instill a sense of fear, anxiety and unrest among the populace. People are more nervous now, more willing to allow measures they would not have dreamed of allowing prior to 9/11, such as phone tapping, lengthy and invasive airport searches, etc. My own thoughts are that we cannot live in a world where we fear everything. As you note, the type of security you see at airports would be next to impossible on trains, and while it is not likely a plane will be shot down mid-air, a train can easily be derailed by explosives. In that case, no amount of station security would matter. And there are too many thousands of miles of track to monitor. At some point, if that level of security was imposed on the rail industry, it would become cost-prohibitive and passenger trains extinct. As you say, Carpe Diem … live life, not in fear, but in joy.

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      • Thanks Joy! We cannot live our lives in fear, for if we did, we would never leave the house. I’m cautious, have left a store a time or two when i saw somebody with a gun stuck in their waistband, but it doesn’t stop me from going to the store. And, both times, it was white, middle-aged men. Gotta live life, my friend … it’s too short to live it in fear.

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  4. i loved your train ride experience! was this on an Amtrak? I had debated taking one from NYC to DC last visit but it was quite costly. I did not know it was a full service train. If the train ran local as well as regional it would be so hard to tighten security as the volume of passengers would hold up schedules. I hope more thought goes into this though as train bombings have happened and can be so scary. a lovely post from you and i so enjoyed sitting by your window seat and gazing out over the lovely scenery


  5. Hmmm… hadn’t thought of it – kinda makes me nervous – but – danger is around us everywhere we go I suppose – so we have to not let it consume us and enjoy and “cherish the moments.” šŸ™‚ ā¤

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    • Exactly Jodi!
      Don’t want to dissuade you from a train trip at all. I think you would love it! Just didn’t want people being shocked. We knew the security wasn’t as tight as an airline but we expected something. But I do see the complications involved.

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  6. Throughout the 80’s as a single working Mother with 3 young children as travelling companions, it was an Amtrak train that took us from Providence to Philadelphia for visits to family. The children loved it and so did the mother! It was an inexpensive mode of travel in those days and quite restful for a tired lady. In later years we took train trips to many other states. One never gave security a thought in those years, safety was taken for granted as a given…times have changed, not always for the better. Once in awhile I’ll take the train into Boston for shopping or an event, but have not traveled by train for any distance in years. I do not believe that an attempt at providing increased security on trains is feasible or desirable. As Mark Udall, the former senator from Colorado, said : “The balance between freedom and security is a delicate one.” Thank-you!

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    • Oh Ellen, so wonderful to hear from you!! Miseed you my friend!
      Wonderful that you and your kids for to enjoy the rails!!
      That quote is very true about the fine line. Thanks for sharing and hope all is well!


  7. Often, I have used the buses to get somewhere that trains don’t go. You have the same security problem as the train, with many more buses on the roadways than trains on the tracks (even when including the freight trains). So, I guess only the frequent fliers are the ones who are more alert to the security clearances being much different. I haven’t flown since 1996, so I only know what other friends or family have had to tell about airport security.

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  8. Glad you enjoyed riding the rails.

    Searching passengers wouldn’t do much to increase safety since “we” all know (from watching Saturday morning cartoons and old Westerns) that the best way to stop a train is to blow up the tracks . . . or a trestle bridge ~ think Bridge Over The River Kwai.

    Once the train is stopped, the bad guys board the train to steal the mail, etc., without going through security check points at train stations.

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  9. While there is cause for concern at times, and in certain locations/situations, in today’s world, I REFUSE to let fear get in the way of enjoying life. It’s counterproductive and stifling to living a full life. In public places, I’m always aware of my surroundings, but sometimes that’s not enough (such as the Las Vegas shooter). You cannot account for or anticipate the actions of the mentally ill or outright evil.

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    • Hi Barb! Yes, I refuse to give in to fear as well, its making ourselves a victim! No, you are right there will be things we can’t protect ourselves against, but doesn’t mean we stop living, because of that fear!

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  10. I think Jill Dennison said it best for me.

    There is a political agenda behind all the fear-mongering and it’s to the point where people are imagining threats behind every tree and trashcan. Personally, I don’t want to live like that.

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