If I Took a Train….


This nearly late post in honor of National Train Day is dedicated to my blogging friend Dan who loves trains and writes entertaining informational and antecdotal posts about work, life, and life’s little challenges. Visit him here.

I have only been on one train ride although I have dreamed of taking a cross country journey in a real sleeper car and eat in the dinner car, watching the landscape roll by in a kaleidoscope of color and light. The one time was a Christmas party on board a local train that made a short trek between two nearby towns and one way was absolutely backwards, which was a bit disconcerting to my senses.  It was night and but for the decorated interior and the special dinner we had, I might not have known I was even on a train. So my dream remains unfulfilled.

Perhaps someday I will be lucky enough to travel someplace like India where the railway system is immense and thriving. Until then I must dream. And, as long as I’m dreaming, I intend to do it big. The train I am dreaming of is magical, magnificent and will carry me to another dream place of mine…Hogwarts school of Witch and Wizardry!

 

I want to push my cart through the brick wall on platform 9 3/4, anticipating the new year ahead and all the magic I will learn at the greatest Wizarding school in existence!

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Because within those walls lives magic. Not just the kind of magic that flows through handmade wands and whispers that echo throughout its hallowed halls and classrooms. It isn’t just about spells and potions, incantations and brooms.

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It’s about the magic of revelation, about the anticpation of greatness tinged with the fear of failure. There is magic in growing up and learning what we are capable of even in the face of insurmountable odds. We may not have magic wands, but we eventually learn that our power comes from within if only we believe and accept it with grace and the understanding of its limitations. But most of all, I think it is about the greatest magic of all…

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the sweet treasure of kinship that is forged from growing up together- laughing, crying, struggling and trying to be more than we ever thought possible. I may never get to Hogwarts on the Express; but I am happy to say I know the magic of true, lasting friendship.

Still….I would love that train ride….

(Pssst….you can ride the Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios Orlando.)

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17 thoughts on “If I Took a Train….

  1. ” There is magic in growing up and learning what we are capable of even in the face of insurmountable odds. We may not have magic wands, but we eventually learn that our power comes from within if only we believe and accept it with grace and the understanding of its limitations. But most of all, I think it is about the greatest magic of all… the sweet treasure of kinship that is forged from growing up together…”
    Sweet post. Mitchell and I have a dream of taking a train across and into Canada sometime, sleeper car and dining, the whole nine yards.

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  2. Goethe said: “Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.”

    If you’re going to dream about a train ride, don’t make it be from Newark to Hoboken, NJ.

    Thanks for joning us Cheryl. This is a wonderful post. Dreaming about trains is something I have done. Daydreaming about trains after a whistle blew, got me in trouble in school a few times. Magical trains are the best.

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    1. Uh oh. I can just see it Dan. You, looking out the window and the teacher smacking her ruler on the edge of your desk.
      Yes, well most of my dreams would make Goethe proud. Hey, I really don’t even want to visit Hoboken, although I do like to say it. 😉
      Have you ever been to Hit Springs, Ark? There used to be a fairly awesome little train museum set up there.

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      1. Although there may be many reasons to avoid that state, if for nothing other than the spectacular Ozark mountain views and the Hot Springs train museum (of course) it would be worth the trip. My mother’s family is from up near Mountain Home so we spent nearly every Summer there. It was a rcih childhood experience, complete with firefly catching, teips to the local food stand for ice cream with great Grandpa, baths outdoors in a big old metal wash tub and the evr ominous outhouse. But I would honestly give most anything for one more Summer vacation there with my family. We had some wonderful times in that big old house. Oh. The train museum was a single man’s dream, always loving trains since he was little. One room is this massive minature train country! I suppose he is still operational…

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  3. Good one. I would love to explore adventures like Harry Potter movies. However, I think every train journey in India is nothing short of magic. Every Indian state is completely different from each other, plus you don’t have to wish to dash yourself into the platform wall because usually there’s so much crowd that you might get dashed into the platform wall if you lose your balance.

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    1. Haha! That’s funny Sharukh. But not I suppose since you would more likely be crushed than end up on 9 3/4. 😀 Your post was amazing. Would that I had the kind of money to take a trip to India at all, let aline afford to take a luxurious train ride like the ones in your post. The views on your regular train rides look amazing as well.

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  4. A couple of years ago, whilst on holiday in Scotland, we travelled the Hogwarts section of railway line that goes over the iconic viaduct. We didn’t take the stram train (packed with passengers and quite pricey), choosing the regular service instead. There were few passengers and we had wonderful views.

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    1. Oh the views alone would be so worth that trip. And few passengers sounds like a dream Julia. That’s awesome. I would really live to see the Harry Potter studio museum they set up in London.i mean if I’m going to dream, why not go for the big one, right? 😉

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      1. I’ve just booked a trip there with my daughter in August. Sometimes, you’ve just got to bite the bullet and spend the savings, after all, they’ll only go on care home fees when I’m old. Harry Potter v Care Home fees? No contest 😀

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    1. Don’t they, though? Sharukh’s photos and descriptions make me want to hop on board…after I win the lottery of course. But in comparison, Universal Studios…🙄

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