I love trains...


I love trains. I’ve always loved trains.

I catch a train to work every day and apart from the odd undesirable (very odd) in the same carriage as me, it’s usually a reasonably enjoyable experience.

Sometimes I read… sometimes I just sit there and think. (I’m sure that would surprise quite a few)

Quite often I ponder what it might cost to build a new train?  A million? Two million? How good would it be to be the first one to ride a new train?

Some people don’t share my enthusiasm  for the beauty of trains. But they a so beautiful - striking colours, lovely bright metro logos, big powerful electric motors (which these days are almost silent), self closing doors, nice comfy seats, air conditioning… the list goes on and on.

Some people have said to me that they smell. Maybe that’s because some people urinate in them. Hard to believe isn’t it?

But even more hard to believe is that some passengers, who more than likely have not even paid the fare, decide that the windows would look better, If they were scratched!

Not just one window, but EVERY WINDOW in every beautiful train!!

As I sit on the train with my ”touched on MYKI”, enjoying my thoughts I ponder what sort of mind it is that decides that this beautiful piece of machinery deserves such mindless violence.

How dare they? and how do they get away with it?  AND… I haven’t even touched on the spray painting and the disgusting, filthy, rubbish!  I tell you what, I am not a violent man but they better not commit their moronic vandalism while I’m on the train!

Let me know what you think...


Ric Ditchburn: Mon to Fri: 2:00pm - 7:00pm

Whether you're driving home, picking up the kids, or being busy around the house, Ric is always great company with his friendly, upbeat personality. Good music too, with news, weather and regular traffic reports.


4 comments so far

  • Like you Ric, I am always amazed that anyone can just get up and leave a tram or a train and leave their rubbish behind. What do their homes look like? I guess if they thought about it, they would think that someone else is employed to pick it up, so why bother finding a rubbish bin. I also enjoy travelling by train, most of the time. The problem is that when they are caught vandalizing anything they are not really punished, we need to get back to real punishment, not a slap on the wrist, the amount of grafitti along rail lines is disgusting, not art, just property damage in my eyes.

    Jane Fisher
    Date and time
    January 23, 2012, 7:29AM
    • I have been known to follow someone off the train and hand them their rubbish to dispose of properly! Trains are great after work - plug in the I-pod and chill - no worries about traffic and road rage!

      Date and time
      January 24, 2012, 5:02PM
      • Dear Ric,

        Having completed the last survey, it took me through to magic website and saw your item on trains.
        Can I suggest you subscribe to following: info@steam-box.com
        Most if not all are out of UK - but hey a train is a train no matter what continent.
        Only one station on the radio Magic - great show

        Enjoy trains, Gary

        Gary Thexton
        Date and time
        January 26, 2012, 9:52AM
        • Ric Ditchburn.
          i agree with your comments on the trains. whenever i need to go into the city i travel by train. you can sit back, relax read a book etc. and i do hate to see empty drink bottles and rubbish left behind. i like you like the metro colour scheme. many years in W.A. i was a fireman on the old steam trains. loved them and i miss them. they were big and strong as well as being majestic. keep up the good work at magic 1278

          Date and time
          January 29, 2012, 5:25PM

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