Ruth, Never heard of the film Station Agent, I'll try and get it. I love movies where trains play a major role Like Narrow Margin, with Gene Hackman, Train passes through Canadian Landscape, Silver streak (gene Wilder), AMTRACK Chicago - LA, Under Siege, Stevan segal, NY to don't know where as the train never reaches its destination in the movie. Dr. Zhivago as Isabella says has some breath taking train scenes.
Enjoying any journey depends on attitude Ruth, i hate flights, though I am not afraid of flying. My attitude is bad. Hate to see fake smiles on the cabin crew and the passengers act as though they own the plane, keep demanding things in Indian flights.
They make life difficult for the crew. And I can't afford to fly, too expensive in India.
I love trains, never look for comforts. I am fine standing in an over crowded train for over 500 kilometers specially in North India. Things are pretty comfortable in the south, a bit more efficient. Its easier if you book the tickets a week in advance. You have to book months in advance if there are a line of holidays or during summer vaccation. i have never travelled on the roof of a train but have some wonderful experience traveling on the roof of a bus.
This trip was really good, met some wonderful people who made me feel comfortable, good food, lot of help. I'll post pictures in a day or two after catching up some sleep. Had to cut short my trip as my friend was getting engaged at the other coast. Had to travel from Kannur on the west coast to Caddalur on th east coast (Cuddalore and Nagapattinam on east coast were worst hit by the tsunami) it was good to see things are back to normal there.