TrainsThose Stimulus dollars are raising the hopes of train-loving Quad-Citians; they are starting to dream of  riding the rails to Chicago and  Iowa City, and perhaps to even more exotic lands.

Trains are very cinematic and are excellent vehicles (ha!) to further the plot of mysteries and novels. In Falling in Love, DeNiro and Streep meet  and, of course, fall in love, on a commuter train. The Station Agent, a great indie film, is about a loner who inherits a train depot. Against his will,  he develops friendships with those he meets at his station.

Novels made into films include Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery , John Godey’s The Taking of Pelham 123 and Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train – turned into a  wonderfully funny and creepy  Hitchcock movie.

Here’s hoping you find love and romance rather than crime, terrorism and murder on your next train ride.

One Thought on “The Armchair Traveler – Train Stories

  1. Libby Imming on August 3, 2009 at 10:08 am said:

    If it wasn’t for the summer reading program, I wouldn’t even know this blog existed. I’m glad to see that the library is keeping up with the latest trends in information sharing, and I think a blog about different books and movies is a great idea. I already have some books to add to my reading list. Keep up the good work!

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