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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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Every day the fastest trains in the world ride the rails from Paris to Brittany and the Atlantic coast.
From November 20 through December 30 this year, Colorado's Santa Express Train will ride the rails through Colorado's Royal Gorge all the way to the North Pole where one special passenger will board: Santa Claus.
We offer vehicle must also be equipped to ride the rails with a minimum of 1 000 mm.
Based on the exploits of 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.
Bred in Argentina by Ride The Rails out of the Candy Stripes mare Candy Girl, Candy Ride was undefeated in six starts.
Travelers wishing to ride the rails between Oregon and California will still have to wait into spring, but Amtrak announced it will temporarily link the states with bus service.
The weekend festival, sponsored by Fillmore & Western Railway and the Santa Clara River Valley Railroad Historical Society, also includes arts and crafts, miniature steam train rides for small children, farm equipment and stage performances featuring women in railroading history, including the Harvey Girls, who got to ride the rails for free when they weren't serving food, and the women who worked on the railroad during World War II.
Union Pacific police officers regularly inspect trains and yards along the railway's routes in 23 states to catch people trying to ride the rails.
Today Telstra customers travelling through the City Circle line will benefit from new mobile network coverage allowing them to stay connected as they ride the rails through the city.
GET ready to ride the rails and experience action-packed train adventures in the modern world of Chuggington.
The Argentinian-bred son of Ride The Rails has not run since setting a track record of 1min 59.
Train Enthusiasts Invited to Ride the Rails on the PC starting January 16 with all-new Content for North American Release