Here at Railway Stays we’re suckers for a romantic rail tale. Here’s a round-up of a few of those that have caught our eye lately.
Tokyo’s marriage carriage
One of Tokyo’s busiest trains will be transformed into a unique wedding venue for one day only. East Japan Railway is offering one lucky couple the chance to get married on board the circular Yamanote Line as it makes its way around the city.
The 11-car train, which is normally packed with around 1,000 commuters, will carry only the bride and groom and up to 120 guests on the big day.
It will stop at all 29 stations during the hour-long journey to give spectators on the platform the chance to enjoy the sight of the quirky wedding, but the doors will stay firmly closed. The ceremony will be held on 14 October 2013, the 141st anniversary of the launch of Japan’s railways.
Prague’s love train
Speed dating has taken on a whole new meaning in Prague. Ropid, the city’s public transport authority, is introducing special ‘singles only’ carriages on its three underground lines. The carriages, which will be sponsored by dating agencies, are part of a campaign to encourage people to ditch their cars and take the train.
But potential partners will have to be quick – the average journey on the underground is just five minutes, which barely leaves time for a lingering eye-meet let alone a full-on flirt. Still, while travelling on the ‘love train’ may not lead to lasting relationships for Prague’s singles, it will at least brighten up their daily commute.
British railway romances
If Brief Encounter is your idea of a perfect love story, get yourself to the National Railway Museum in York. Station Stories is a new permanent exhibition that aims to show how railways have shaped the lives of the Great British public and, unsurprisingly, many of the memories submitted have love at their heart.
Tales of on-board romances sit side-by-side with stories of station rendezvous, and all paint a wonderfully warm picture of old-fashioned courtship and long-lasting love. Take a hanky!
Fancy doing your own railway wedding? We’ve a few ideas for that too.