Riding a train, well there's just something majestic about that. It's easy to think about the people who laid those tracks across the country or how easy it is to get around in Japan by Bullet Train.
Here in the United States we don't have the relationship with trains that other nations do, but part of that is probably due to our great (already) country being so vast.
Most European nations are the size of one of our states, so it's much easier to travel by rail that way.
Spending time in Philadelphia and San Francisco, I saw just how awesome commuter travel can be in other cities not named New York. But what's great about travelling by rail is that the next stop is going to change everything.