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  • He must have known how to shut a train door without banging it, since half his life was spent in shutting doors. But no doubt to an Italian ticket collector, these sharp concussions were one of the chief pleasures of his working day.

  • Everything from a train window has the feverish reality we yearn for when we travel.

  • The train ran like a struggling fish on an almost taut line; it jerked helplessly yet strongly from side to side; twitching and tugging, it was drawn through the rippling land towards the ruthless mountains.

  • ... a local train ... moved gently off up the line with a very singular motion indeed, in which the leap of a frog, the bounce of a pogo-stick, and the canter of a very short fat pony all were brought to mind.

  • The train stands still / And the world runs by. / Yonder runs a tree / And a cloud in the sky.

  • ... the whistle of the old steam trains ... could conjure up visions of bleak distances with one solitary wail.