Train Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old train quotes, train sayings, and train proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . .     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.     

Yogi Berra

Railway termini are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas! we return.     

E. M. Forster

Hurry, get on board, it's comin', listen to those rails a-thrumming all aboard. Get on the 'A' train, soon you will be on Sugar Hill in Harlem.     

Duke Ellington

Life is a train ride, and at the many stations along the route, people important to us debark, never to get aboard again, until by the end of the journey, we sit in a passenger car where most of the seats are empty.     

Dean Koontz

Some people spend the whole of their lives sitting waiting for one train, only to find that they never even made it to the station.     

Joanne Harris

Sometimes that light at the end of the tunnel is a train.     

Charles Barkley

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.     

Anna Quindlen

Quite possibly there's nothing as fine as a big freight train starting across country in early summer, Hardesty thought. That's when you learn that the tragedy of plants is that they have roots.     

Mark Helprin

Unlike te American trains that were absorbed in an intense destiny of their own, and scornful of people on another world less swift and breathless, this train was part of the country through which it passed.     

F Scott Fitzgerald

My friend, if you have never on a train west of Chicago, you have never been on a train.     

Ernest Marsh

Less flexible than the automobile, more expensive than the bus, slower than the plane, the passenger train has lost all its advantages, save only an excellent safety record.     

George Hilton

A the lake cottage she missed the passing of the trains. She realized that in town she had depended upon them for assurance that there remained a world beyond.     

Andrew Dow

Trains sum up, to my mind, all the fogs and muddled misery of the nineteenth century. They constitute, in fact, so many slums on wheels.     

Sir Orbert Sitwell

It would be simpler if the train were just a means of moving people.But the train is also photogenic and nostalgic and fun, a source of employment and taxes, the pride of every Chamber of Commerce, and something on which you hang mail and express cars at one end and a business car at the other.     

Andrew Dow

The world judges the railways by their passenger services. If this is the window through which we are viewed, we must wash it and shine it, or else cover it with a dark shade.     

John Budd

I have often wondered if the beauty of train is artistically legitimate or if it is a specialized thing appealing only to the neuroses of a fortunate few.     

John Robinson

Perhaps there were once perfect passenger trains in point of fact as well in mellow memory.     

David P Morgan

The train came to a halt with an escape of steaam, then silence. I stuck my head out of the window and saw the gleaming railway lines, the immaculate tidiness of the permanent way as it stretched aand poined to a distance of green and wooded futurity.     

Neville Cardus

As it had alway done, the movement and experience of the train, filled him whith a sense of triumph, joy and luxury.     

Thomas Wolfe

Children find trains more exciting than planes, and I think it is because a train is ingenious and remarkable in a way they can understand.     

Andrew Dow

The train itself is a miracle of man's handiwork, and everything about it is eloquent of human purpose and direction..     

Thomas Wolfe

One feels the brakes go on when the train is coming to a river, and one knows that the old gloved hand of cunning is at the throttle. One's own sense of manhood and mastery is heightened by being on a train.     

Thomas Wolfe

The train gives one a feeling of wild and lonely joy, a sense of the savage, unfenced, and illimitable wilderness of the country through which the train is rushing, a wordless and unutterable hope, as one thinks of the enchanted city toward which he is speeding the unbroken and fabulous promise of the life he is to find there.     

Thomas Wolfe

The train can reasssure you in awful places -- a far cry from the anxious sweats of doom aeroplanes inspire, or the nauseating gas-sickness of the long-distance bus, or the paralysis that afflicts the car passenger.     

Paul Theroux

Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still?     

Giacosa Giuseppe and Illica Luigi

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.     

Orscar Wilde

The railway unheralded, enabled whole countries to function far more effectively as enttities, whatever their size.     

Andrew Dow

But always the wheels of the good old-fashioned railway train provide the merit of being self-operating.All you need to do is to make a four-foot jump.     

Ian Fleming

The richest cargo in the world is a cargo of time, and the locomotive was made to draw it.     

Benjamin Taylor