"But!" I hear you cry "What about the car?" - well yes, granted the car does have a certain "door-to-door" convenience about it, and if you need to take large, heavy stuff from A - B then it may suit you better, but assuming it's just you, your MP3 player and a rucksack or case, when you take the train once you get to the station, someone else does all the work while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery! Oh, and WHAT scenery you get, too! From the beautiful West Highlands of Scotland to the South Devon coast, railways lines will give you views you just won't get from any other mode of transport. You see, mostly when building roads, it's cheaper to divert them around tricky obstacles - cars cope easily with twisty-turny roads, so there is little harm in making them that way. Trains are different though - so when they built the railways they tended to try to keep them more or less straight, and going through, or over was usually the building method of choice. This often leaves trains travelling quite literally through the middle of nowhere, meaning that there are great swathes of countryside that you will only see from a train - or on foot.
|St Pancras Station - worth getting a train to see!|
|Rather sqiff pic taken on my phone from the sleeper - WHAT a sight to wake up to!|
Next time you've contemplating a UK based adventure of some sort, rather than just taking the car, why not investigate travel by train for at least part of your journey? Just imagine what you might see!