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 Post subject: What's with all the trains?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:19 pm 
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I'm curious if SRG has a thing for trains? Please note I'm not talking about the Underground here, which I understand is an every day thing for Londoners. But there was a train early in Drinking Midnight Wine that was a precursor to events. There was a train in Deathstalker on Halcedama that carted the heroes around. There was the Time Train in the second Secret Histories novel. And now in Ghost of a Dream there's another train in the first chapter, again bound from places unknown. Not frequent enough to be a recurring theme, but I have noticed a respectable number of trains in the SRG universe. I wonder if our esteemed author has a thing for the old fashioned locomotive?

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 Post subject: Re: What's with all the trains?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:18 pm 
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Nothing particularly train based, other than anyone living in a small village of a 'certain age' has very fond memory's of steam trains (until that nice Dr Beeching axed them all).

We both have memory's of traveling by them. Simon's town has a line still, but it's mainly the bath to London express's going through at 100 mph rather than the more gentile local services of years gone by.
Nothing is quite like the smell of a old steam train, of the feel of the old green seats... Back when you had staff at every station who would open the doors for you.

Today you're lucky to find a manned small station, let alone anyone to open the door!

Ahh, nostalgia... nothing like it.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:06 pm 
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Maybe it's just me, but living in the states really limits one's experience to trains, and even then they are all diesel. I've only ridden a train a few times, once or twice as a kid when visiting my great grandfather who used to work on a rail line, and once when visiting a friend in Scotland. Nothing really memorable in the experiences except the company I was with. Ah well, it was another age I suppose.

Not too far in Ghost of a Dream yet, just resolved the situation with the afore-mentioned train. Back to reading!

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 Post subject: Re: What's with all the trains?
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Simon doesn't drive, does he?

As such, train is a useful, common form of transport.

You could as easily ask what is with all the walking (All the characters do it, and he even has The Walking Man and Walker!)

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Simon does in fact drive, he just doesn't like to (if I told you how many miles his ten year old car has on it you wouldn't believe me!).


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 Post subject: Re: What's with all the trains?
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Well why drive if you have efficient public transport right.
Sadly in Belgium we have public transport but it's far from efficient ><


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Hilde wrote:
Well why drive if you have efficient public transport right.
Sadly in Belgium we have public transport but it's far from efficient ><



Well, yes. But the UK hasn't had an 'efficient public transport' for about 30 years now. Just lots of companies all doing their own thing with no regard for anyone else or their customers...


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 Post subject: Re: What's with all the trains?
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We only have the nmbs and they do that _all_ the damn time.
I can barely remember a train voyage where there were no issues or delays what so ever both ways.


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