Monday, May 2, 2011
A train ride to Kluang
"Nothing is expected of the train passenger. In planes the traveler is condemned to hours in a tight seat; ships require high spirits and sociability; cars and buses are unspeakable. The sleeping car is the most painless form of travel." from The Great Railway Bazaar by Paul Theroux
Recalling all the short and long journeys I've made, the train is indeed the most comfortable mode of travel. Although I've not been on a sleeper train before, I remembered having a good sleep while on the overnight train from Bangkok to Phitsanulok, merely on a train seat.
A month ago, I went on a short ride from Tanjong Pagar Station to Kluang. Its been more than 10 years since I took this rail. Gone are the worn off seats, decaying window frames and broken windows, replaced by comfortable seats and modern cars. I would have preferred a non-air con seat but there are none now.
There is even a dining car within the train.
While on this trip, I did not forget to take some coffee/cafe shots.