Once upon a time, trains were the main connections from one place to another. Even today, when we drive so much and don't think much about our rail system, having a train station in town is still an asset.
I often think about taking a luxury train journey. The idea of a trip where I can just be and observe the world as it goes by intrigues me. Maybe someday, I'll take a trip on the American Orient Express http://www.americanorientexpress.com/.