[LMB] Long-Haul Trains (WAS OT: Modes of Parental Address)
pgranzeau at cox.net
Wed Aug 5 18:49:57 BST 2009
At 07:12 PM 8/4/2009, Judy R Johnson wrote:
>> > >>Did you know that you can actually own your own pullman car and pay
>> > >>rail companies to haul it around for you?
>> > >>
>> > >>*sigh* I just wish I had the cash for luxury like that ...
>> > >
>> > > If you had that kind of cash, you'd also have the money to buy a
>> > jet and make a coast-to-coast trip in 6 hours, instead of 3 days, and
>> > do it on your schedule, not the railroad's.
>> > That's not the point. The point isn't speed, it's luxury and
>> > leisurely watching the scenery and overall coolness. Kind of like a
>> > private cruise ship, but on land.
>> EXACTLY. The romance of the rails ...
>> There's no romance on airplanes.
>NEW - JRJ> Not sure about romance, but for that money, I'd have a luxurious
>5th Wheel trailer with a hired driver of the pickup that pulls it. You
>could have air conditoned comfort (onboard generator), shower, kitchen,
>bed(s), satellite TV and surround-sound system, wi-fi, and all. This would
>be better than an all-in-one motorcoach, imho, because you wouldn't have to
>converse with the driver unless you wanted to, by cellphone or
>walkie-talkie. Also, when you get somewhere, you can unhook the trailer
>and drive around (or be driven) in the pickup. Also, this setup is much
>more flexible for cornering and parking than a big bus-sized motorome.
>I've never understood why rich people didn't do this instead of chauffeured
>limos - appearances, I guess.
>"Driver, pick me up at the office at 04h15, please. I'll be dining at the
>Golf Club and then going to the yacht; let the crew know to expect me about
>11pm. You can have the weekend off, but meet me and my spouse at the
>dockside Monday at 10am with the rig clean, supplied and serviced for a
>two-week trip to the Appalachians. Thank you. ...Oh, yes, on your way,
>please pick up the dry cleaning and put it in the trailer closet for me."
It's illegal to carry passengers in trailers in many states--that's one of the reasons custom buses and RVs are so popular instead.
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