#206 green travelling

206/365 green travelling, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Cycling past the railway station today, these new green trains caught my eye. I’ve always loved travelling by train. Seeing the rails here makes me want to hop on and start an improvised adventure, just like the Interrail trips I did around Europe decades ago, as a young university student. Apart from the environmental aspect, trains are ideal for people and scenery watching, getting a real sense of distance, and so much more comfortable than buses or coaches, let alone cramped cars that you have to drive yourself. It’s a pity that so many youngsters today think they are always in such a hurry that they’d rather opt for the budget airlines. They have little patience for the fascinating journey, with only the gleaming holiday destination in mind.

Back at home, some net research revealed that our national railway company has teamed up with the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation to promote green travelling, and accordingly painted the new trains with pictures of indigeneous Finnish animals, like the swans here, and forest and lake scenes. Great idea!

2 Responses to “#206 green travelling”

  1. July 30, 2010 at 12:57

    in london they just started a cycle scheme – their newest step to help the environment – hope it really works … Travelling in London is very good and inexpensive (for the distances you travel) and the congestion charge has really helped.

    Like the idea that VR had to change their colour from red to green. though the reason behind it had eluded me until you pointed it out.

  2. 2 sinikka
    July 31, 2010 at 08:27

    The cycle scheme in London sounds good, although I must admit that I would be a bit frightened to cycle there amongst all the traffic. One problem here in Finland is that public transport simply is too expensive to make more people leave their cars at home.

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