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"Cheers" on a train: What's the deal with Maryland Commuter Rail?

I recently began taking Maryland's MARC commuter rail to and from work (Rockville-DC), and I'm noticing something I've never observed before in my years as a commuter. It seems that a lot (really, a very high percentage) of these passengers have come to know one another, and have formed little communities throughout the rail cars. From what I can gather, these people don't work together, and few if any of them socialize outside of their daily commute, but they are simply thrilled to see one another every day, and they swap stories, jokes, and affectionate barbs with one another in a way that reminds me of nothing so much as a cadre of barflies who've been regulars at the same watering hole for years (today, actually, several passengers passed around a bottle of wine). I hadn't taken regional commuter rail until recently; my commuting experiences have been limited to bus and city subway systems. At any rate, I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS! [more inside]
posted by duffell on Jul 19, 2016 - 51 answers

Train the cats, train the kids?

I have inherited two kittens (now almost a year old). One of them is continually scratching my elementary-aged kids. I have had no luck training the kids in cat body language, because it seems to go from cuddly-and-purring to face-scratching instantly. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Jun 20, 2016 - 27 answers

TGV train seating during the strike

Hi everyone. My wife and I are traveling from Paris to Lyon on the TGV Monday. Our train has apparently been cancelled, but I've been told by SNCF that I can board any TGV that's running that day, with the caveat that there's no guaranteed seating. When I board, are the reserved seats clearly marked, so that I'll know where the free seats are? I've only ever taken the TGV during regular conditions, so this is all very new to me. Thanks all.
posted by reformedjerk on Jun 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Where should we visit in England: York, or the Lake District?

Mr. T. Horn & I will be traveling a good swath of England this summer, and have a few days to kill before heading back to London after our visit to Haworth/Bronte Parsonage Museum. Where would be more enjoyable, affordable, and fun for 2 grad students on a budget, traveling by train and bus: the Lake District, or York? Or somewhere else? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Jun 3, 2016 - 15 answers

Family Bicycling Near London

We're staying in London late August/early September. We want to see the Cotswolds and West Sussex. We're thinking overnight trips where we take a train out of London and then get around by bike might be more fun than renting a car and driving around. Is this plausible? [more inside]
posted by musofire on Apr 10, 2016 - 10 answers

Best ways to get from town to town along French and Italian riviera

Traveling along the Côte d'Azur and the Ligurian Sea in the next few weeks. Need to optimize our travel between the towns on our itinerary but searching is giving me incomplete information. Can you walk me through it, step by step? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 15, 2016 - 7 answers

On the platform at TF'Green, tired not_on_display waits, dreaming...

I'm landing at TF Green (PVD) on a Saturday at 9AM. I'd assumed the MBTA Commuter Rail would run from TF Green to Providence ... turns out, yeah, but not on Saturdays! So, what's the next best/cheapest way for someone fresh off the red-eye on a Saturday morning to get from TF Green to Providence Station? Thanks! (Also, my condolences about your Mayor-for-life's term limit being up.)
posted by not_on_display on Feb 3, 2016 - 4 answers

Help me navigate Memphis and New Orleans by Amtrak and bicycle

I'm planning our ten-year anniversary, complete with stays in Memphis and New Orleans in mid-to-late September. I've booked the tickets on Amtrak, and would ideally ship our bikes so we can get around car-free. Can you help me locate good areas to stay? [more inside]
posted by rocketman on Jan 28, 2016 - 7 answers

We're all in this together

People make my commute unpleasant. Please help me make it better. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jan 24, 2016 - 20 answers

Bose Quiet Comfort 25s for very loud environments

I get that the Bose ANR phones are best suited to planes and similar environments with a constant low drone. My primary concern is more with some loud environments (albeit with constant droning noise): the commuter rail station and behind my lawnmower. Would the QC 25s do me any good? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Amtrak without eTicket?

We just purchased Amtrak tickets for our in-laws, making the selection "pick up from ticket agent." We were sent eTickets. In-laws do not have the technical savvy to receive or print eTickets. One faq I found says that you can pick up tickets from an agent if you have ID and the credit card. If that's true, the credit card will be a problem, since it was ours. Anyone know for sure? [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on Nov 23, 2015 - 14 answers

How do I model train?

I don't know anything about model trains except the scales. Can you recommend a book or site that will take me through everything, step-by-step? Preferably in Z Scale (I don't have a lot of room and I love really tiny things) [more inside]
posted by dogmom on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Entertaining myself in Orlando for the day

Holiday travel edition: flying versus the train. [more inside]
posted by joycehealy on Nov 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Filling in the gaps between Munich and Milan (or a little beyond)

Solo traveler looking for your recommendations for off-the-tourist-trail places roughly between Munich and Milan for the last week of December/first week of January. Bonus points for an interesting place to spend New Year's Eve. [more inside]
posted by a bird, it's a bird on Oct 8, 2015 - 5 answers

What is this symbol? (on a train at a museum)

My mom took this picture of a train at a museum in Maryland today -- is it a rail company logo?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Getting around Ecuador by train and driver?

I grew up and learned to drive in Ecuador. Noooo thank you, not doing that again. However, I've never hired a driver. And I've never taken the new luxury train that seems to exist. Have you? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Sep 23, 2015 - 2 answers

What are these "pipe arrows" at railroad crossings?

I've seen these since I was young and always wondered what they are. Example 1. Example 2 and another angle. The pictures are from Google and aren't the best, but you can see what I mean. [more inside]
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage on Aug 11, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I do the train in Norway and Sweden?

I am going on a vacation to Norway and Sweden at the end of August, which involves flying into Bergen and taking a series of train rides around until I end up in Stockholm. I am a complete train newbie, how to trains work? [more inside]
posted by selenized on Jul 28, 2015 - 8 answers

What's in the bag?

Your work commute is a 1 hour train ride each way from the suburbs into the city. You use a backpack as a travel bag. What goes in the backpack? [more inside]
posted by slime on Jul 15, 2015 - 33 answers

Best way to get to 53rd and 1st Ave from Newark at 7:30 friday?

Yay, weekend in New York! I'll be landing at Newark at 6:30, so it will be 7:30 or so by the time I'm out of customs. The friend I'm visiting suggests taking the Air Train to another train that will get me to New York Penn station, and take a cab from there. Would it be easier to take a cab the whole way? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Jun 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Taking the Train to work: Tips & Tricks

I am going to start commuting via the Commuter Rail (train) to Boston next week after driving myself to work my entire career. The trip will take about 1 hour. What are some tips & tricks to taking the train to work? Boston specific tips (heading to North Station from North Shore and walking to work from there)? Best way to carry my computer & lunch (commuter luggage)? Which car should I sit in? Can I have conference calls on the train? Work on my computer? Best way to purchase monthly tickets? How to make sure I get a good seat on the train? Other stuff I haven't thought of yet but would be good to know? Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston on Apr 6, 2015 - 13 answers

Should we drive or take the train in Europe?

We are finalizing our plans for our honeymoon, and we're wondering whether train or car travel would be the best approach. [more inside]
posted by madonna of the unloved on Mar 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Dealing with threats on public transit

A few days ago I had one of the worst experiences of my life on public transit, and would like to get some feedback on how I should have handled it, and what other people have done in similar situations. [more inside]
posted by aerotive on Feb 25, 2015 - 27 answers

Seeking audio of Septa Regional Rail conductors' calling the next stop

"This is the R-5 train to Páólí. Néxt stóp, Ò::vèr::bróók! Tickets, please!" The Regional Rail train conductors in the Philly region will forever be associated with formal, stentorian, prosodically elaborated station announcements. Where can I find a recording of these? [more inside]
posted by rschram on Feb 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Lodging in Seattle - general tips

The plan is in motion. We have Amtrak tickets to Seattle in May. This question is mostly about lodging. [more inside]
posted by notned on Jan 8, 2015 - 8 answers

How to train?

Houston to NYC, but more importantly, NYC back to Houston... by train? Hopefully without it taking 2-6 days? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Dec 2, 2014 - 21 answers

Best route for long-distance train travel in the US in winter

I want to take a train journey across the US, from east to west. Which route should I pick? Complication: January. [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine on Nov 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Train from NYC to Quebec City/Montreal--would like tips and ideas

Hi, my SO and I are taking the train from NYC to Quebec City and/or Montreal between Christmas and New Year's. I have never been to Montreal or QC or taken such a long train ride, and I would welcome general tips and suggestions about the trip. We will not be renting a car, but we are savvy transit-users and walkers. More questions inside: [more inside]
posted by one more robot on Oct 28, 2014 - 13 answers

I'm looking for a book or movie that will teach me how railroads work

If one reads The Hunt For Red October one comes out of it knowing a lot about how submarines work. Watch Apollo 13 and you learn about mission control and spacecraft. What's the equivalent for the railroads? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Hostels in Tokyo and Kyoto

What are some good hostels in Tokyo and Kyoto for a solo traveler? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on Aug 25, 2014 - 12 answers

What are your most memorable or favorite train rides?

Which train ride(s) have you particularly enjoyed? Of any distance and length, anywhere in the world. [more inside]
posted by xtine on Aug 14, 2014 - 62 answers

Hiroshima to Narita Terminal 1 on January 5, 2015

We (two non-Japanese speaking adults, perhaps with JR Passes) will be in Hiroshima on the morning of January 5. I fly out of Narita T1 at 14:00, she flies out of Narita T1 at 18:00. What is the best way to get there in time, given the fact that we will have bags and it's the end of a big holiday travel period there? [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jul 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Travelling with a baby

Due to a confluence of family occasions and holidays this summer, we'll be taking our baby on several trips over the next couple of months. We don't have our own car, and will be travelling via train some of the time, so would like to keep the amount of baby paraphernalia to a minimum. What's your best advice for travelling with a 4-5 month old? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Jul 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Vermont getaway accessible by train (and no car), and maybe camping?

Hi all From NYC, I'd like a weekend getaway to VT, where I can take an Amtrak to the station and walk around a small town, enjoy a B&B, and so on. If there were camping accessible from said train, that would be the best! Id be happy to rent a car in VT and return on train if necessary, too.
posted by yonation on Jul 1, 2014 - 9 answers

What's this Greek song?

Asking for my ukulele teacher: This is, apparently, the favorite song of a Greek lady living in a nursing home he works with. He'd like to sing the whole song with her, but does not know the name, lyrics or even the whole melody, apart from a few parts that she sang for him (and the melody might not be 100% accurate). Here's an approximation on soundcloud. Apparently, the song is about riding the train and/or the bus. Does this ring a bell for anyone? Thanks!
posted by Skybly on Jun 29, 2014 - 2 answers

JFK -> Penn Station

Trying to work out some travel logistics. If I am on an international flight that gets in to JFK at 7:20pm on a Tuesday, what is the likelihood that I could make it to Penn Station to catch a 9:20pm train? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jun 16, 2014 - 34 answers

Help me help my dog: Potty training edition

I love my dog, but I am at the end of my rope. He's a sweet young chihuahua mix but can't seem to master potty training. I found him as a stray when he was about a year old. He was likely horribly abused: emaciated, terrified of people, cowered/shivered when approached, had never eaten out of a bowl, covered in ticks in a very urban area, and so on. He may have never lived inside. After three years, he's much rehabilitated but still struggles with house training. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving on Jun 14, 2014 - 15 answers

France Rail Strike -- Can I Still Get Train Tomorrow?

In Paris with new husband, atrocious French skills. Haven't seen my Brit sister in over 15 years and she booked us hotel in Deauville-Trouville to meet tomorrow, 15 June. All I know is the train leaves from Gare St Lazare. The NCSF site requires Europe billing address so we couldn't buy ticket online, and train listings appear and disappear. We are getting frantic about what is happening. Train strike appears to be renewed, from what I can glean. Can anyone help?
posted by Locative on Jun 14, 2014 - 12 answers

a road trip without any ability to drive

BeMyTravelAgentFilter: Help me figure out a way to make a trip from the Bay Area to New Orleans doable and affordable - when driving is not an option. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 4, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me find the Guy on the Train!

Should I try to reconnect with an old high school acquaintance? Or just leave it be? [more inside]
posted by ChickenBear on Jun 2, 2014 - 18 answers

How to book a train with IRCTC?

I'm trying to book a train in India via irctc.co.in, but I'm based in the US. All is well, and I've gone through some hoops to get a IRCTC account -- but now I'm not able to pay with my US credit cards - Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX alike! Has anyone had any luck, know any methods, or know any good Indian travel agencies specializing in train travel that may be able to book this for me? Help me give them my money! [more inside]
posted by suedehead on May 23, 2014 - 5 answers

How often does the freight train pass by this house I wanna buy?

How often does the freight train pass by this house I wanna buy? is it annoying? I wanna buy a house near here and I am curious how often the trains pass by, if it will be annoying or not. Can anyone find a schedule of the trains that pass by so I can go stand there while it passes by and see how annoying it is? Does anyone have history or advice on living near train tracks?
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Apr 20, 2014 - 26 answers

Trippy music video featuring a train with special effects?

I'm trying to find a trippy music video featuring a train. The whole video follows the train for the most part. As the music gets more elaborate, the train gets a bunch of effects including changing its color and brightness. Another music video by the same band involved a fake PSA or television broadcast that devolves into a song. Does any of this ring a bell? I think the band was electronic, but don't quote me on that.
posted by yaymukund on Apr 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Is Eurail worth it? 5 train trips in Europe within 3 weeks.

I am traveling to Europe this upcoming May and I am stuck on whether it is best to use a Eurail pass or buy point-to-point tickets. I know which dates I want to travel and my accommodation is all pre-booked. Are point-to-point tickets always more cost effective? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Apr 1, 2014 - 16 answers

That lonesome whistle blow.

Let's say you live somewhere in the rural or suburban United States. You hear distant train horns all the time. Where are you? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Mar 5, 2014 - 41 answers

Gift for pregnant rail commuter

Someone I know is pregnant and I'd like to give her a gift. She does a more than hour long rail commute every day and I was hoping to get her something to make this commute easier on her in the coming months. This is the same person who gave me a good pair of headphones when I had a 3.5 hour commute a few years ago and I'd love to give her something that makes her commute better in the same way those headphones made mine better. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Feb 25, 2014 - 15 answers

how to follow up on a theft in delhi?

my day bag was stolen from a train in delhi. contents: my camera (and all the pictures from my trip), a handheld digital audio recorder, my journal of the last week, an ipod, my glasses, and a lot of other stuff that i can't imagine anyone would care about. what's my next move? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Feb 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Get me to the GRE

How reliable are NJ Transit buses from Port Authority? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Jan 28, 2014 - 13 answers

How would an adult even begin brushing up on their basketball skills?

26 year-old wanting to learn basketball fundamentals basically from scratch in NY. How do I even start? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Good train set for a 5-yr old?

Thanks for any advance help here, but want a train set that you can control via some type of remote instead of letting the train run after you turn it on. Thoughts?
posted by skepticallypleased on Dec 15, 2013 - 5 answers

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