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Apparently, back in 1912, trains had the legroom and overhead luggage space we now attribute to planes. Isn't history fun?
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A major step up from stagecoaches, though.
But we have lost that seat technology. You can fold over those seat backs to switch from groups of four to normal rows. No complaints about having to ride backwards.
Back in the early 90's while backpacking around South America, I took a 30 hour train trip from Punta Natales to Santiago (Chile).
The train was straight out of the golden era of train travel. There were ornate iron gates between the carriages. A proper dining carriage. Old brass fittings. A night the stewards came along and disassembled the seats, created bunk beds from them and hung curtains.
It was a fantastic journey just like the train from murder on the orient express, just no murder.
+Matthew Taylor I am glad the murder was left out. That sounds awesome, though.
+Lars Martin Damn, now I want to go back and ride that train again, only this time with more fiddling to rearrange the seat configurations for my own amusement.
The historic streetcar in Vancouver has these seats. They also have brass match-striking surfaces in the smoking car.
Porn for my soul. Love traveling by train...especially old ones.
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