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Travel Photos From Trains: Surprisingly Beautiful Ugly Is In The Eye of the Beholder

Bologna Train StationI like trains, I really do. Given the right conditions, I love train travel.

But, you know, on a shallow kind of level, they’ve never looked good to me. I’ve loved their personalities – but I’ve been clouded by their clutter. The signals, the adverts, the often dreary railtrack walls and scrawling, unimaginative graffiti. And on the inside? Well, it’s just bunch of chairs (at best) and drooling, snoring commuters (at worst.)

Or so I thought.

Yet my ongoing work (the likes of which led me to write this post – 17 Ways To Take Better Photos from Trains) has started to give me a different perspective.

It didn’t happen right away. At first, I just completed the assignments before heading back to shots I love, taking photos of nature, cityscapes, interesting people and ice sculptures in blue.

But slowly, surely, trains have wormed their way into my heart.

There’s nothing special about this collection. Except that they’ve just become special to me.

So, dear trains, enjoy your Velveteen Rabbit moment. I hope that we’ll have many more like it together – and I hope that you never pass judgment on the way that I happen to look.

Bon voyage!

Travel Photos from Trains

View from Train crossing Italy and Austria

Open road

Gare du Nord Paris

View from a train

6 Responses to Travel Photos From Trains: Surprisingly Beautiful Ugly Is In The Eye of the Beholder

  1. SAM February 3, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Although by far not my favorite means of transportatiion under most circumstances or conditions, I am always amazed by the efficiency, diversity and convenience of “travelling by rail” in Switzerland where train travel can be highly luxurious, comfortable, restful and enjoyable and through similar terrain in the Canadian Rockies ( Banff to
    Vancouver) where in addition to the “creature comforts” one is afforded the best possible views of the majestic vistas that continue to unfold before you providing endless opportunities for you to further hone those photography skills which you
    wrote about in a previous post.

    I am yet to experience the high speed trains of Japan – something which I look forward to.

    Keep well and Happy travels.


    • Abi King October 14, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      Thank you! Yes, you can certainly concentrate on photography on trains in a way you can’t when you’re driving…;-) (Although, I suppose you can stop the car and take a pic if you’re the driver.)

  2. Kim February 6, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    I’m a fan of train travel–at least the short ones. Loved taking the Shinkansen to Tokyo after a visit in Hakone.

    • Abi King October 14, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      Oh, yes, the shinkansen are SO beautiful.

  3. Jaryd Krause (@Ausglobetrotter) March 7, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    Amazing shots! and your right, everybody sees things differently depending on their paradigm in which they view the world. Everything boasts beauty if you allow yourself to see it

    • Abi King October 14, 2014 at 11:14 am #

      Lovely sentiment – thank you.