I LOVE LOVE LOVE trains!! Indeed, the SAFEST modern mean of transportation humans have invented and I would also say the most fun. Sure, they have fatalities too. Once in an extremely blue moon. And out of the given accident, most live, very few die. Trains are extremely safe. Train engineers text messaging while on duty, that's a different story.TB Neg, you correctly point out that trains have fatality statistics too. I believe they were higher than those for planes in the past few years, maybe that has changed since the AF disaster, do you know? Let's not forget that terrible commuter crash in CA recently where the engineer was texting, or the Amtrak that took a dive into the water when the bridge went out.
I must agree that I have a misplaced confidence in the safety of the train, funny because there's the same loss of control that's supposed to make us dislike flying so there's more to this thing called fear of flying than just loss of control.
I'd be ok with your staying at home idea until it's 10 degrees up here and 80 in Florida,then I'm on the way to the airport,get me a seat on the next airbus out of here.
I could literally LIVE in a train. I am probably much less safe in my own bed at night - granted burglars who can break in no problem. I also love its sounds and the rocking when I sleep in a couchette at night.
I just wish they could build a darn bridge with a railroad over the Atlantic.