Train Anxiety is part of Punxsutawney TPOL Trip Report.
The train is my favorite method of transport. Here are some examples of why that is:
- America Needs More Trains! Amtrak DC-Williamsburg Review
- The Great Train Adventure to Machu Picchu
- Palermo to Catania, Go by Train
- Take the Train to St. Petersburg!
- The Oriental Express to Chiang Rai
I also have great anxiety when riding them because I never know if I purchased the right ticket. I am always worried about being fined by the ticket checker because I booked the wrong fare or worse for not having a ticket at all (see Scammed or Stupid? A Big Fine in Palermo).
On this trip, in Copenhagen, I was worried because I only had one ticket for two passengers. Before boarding the train, I asked the information desk if this covered both people. It did. Sure enough, I was stopped by the inspector who double-checked that my single ticket was for two people. 1/1.
From both Manchester airport to the Hyatt Manchester and from Manchester to Conwy, the conductor announced that this train was only for a certain type of ticket. Again, I was anxious when the ticket man came around. He scanned the ticket and moved along. I was 3/3.
In Milan, I exited the airport train at the wrong station. I boarded the next train marked for the airport and was worried when the inspector came and stared at my tickets. He then started speaking Italian and writing something on my ticket. With the credit card machine in his hand, I was sure that I had done something wrong. He gave me back my tickets and walked away. 4/4.
Train anxiety is real. And so are the fines if something goes wrong. Beware.