ride the rail(s)

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ride the rail(s)

To travel on a vehicle mounted on rails (especially a train or streetcar). I know it takes a lot longer than flying, but I love riding the rail from Portland to Vancouver. People often romanticize riding the rails across the country as hobos did during the Great Depression, but I doubt many would actually find much pleasure in it.
See also: ride

ride the rails

travel by rail, especially without a ticket. North American
See also: rail, ride
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This Holiday Season, Ride the Rail, Catch a Bowl Game, Rock a Free Concert, Watch Fireworks, Get a Tan
Because of this, they do not need to purchase tickets to ride the rail system upon entry to the stations.
It was a great system,'' said Alan Weeks of Eagle Rock, one of the last people to ride the rail line between downtown Los Angeles and Van Nuys.
People with monthly bus passes who previously were also able to ride the rail lines for free would have to buy an additional $15 monthly rail pass, under the proposal.
There's a chance to see them as you ride the rails at Severn Valley Railway this spring.
After she and her best friend, Jack, grow up, they want to live the hobo life and ride the rails, but for now, school is out for the summer.
Ride the rails of spectacular Western Canada in style with the Rocky Mountaineer scenic train's Spring Bonus offer.
Accordingly, ride the rails, Walking tour of Pettah, Colombo, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Glamorous Galle, Beach hopping have been identified as the best attractions in Sri Lanka.
Considering all that, for residents who ride the rails it does not seem to have taken long for the benefits of the deal to pull into the station.
So whether you want to ride the rails through the lush Highlands of Scotland, journey to culture-rich cities such as London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool and Cardiff or tour old historic castles, a BritRail Pass can take you there.
The son of Ride The Rails is now the sire of seven Grade 1 winners.
One hundred passengers will get the chance to ride the rails - and watch movies on board - for free.
Based on Trainee Chuggers: Brewster, Wilson and Koko, the Chuggington Interactive range recreates their adventures as they learn to ride the rails and perform essential everyday tasks, making new friends and exploring new places along the way.
And on top of day trippers, railways enthusiasts also make a bee-line for places like Porthmadog just to ride the rails, staying for days and pumping cash into the local economy.
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