Trains are Still Great Transportation

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With fast cars, fast planes, and cruises we seem to have forgotten one of the older forms of transportation in our country…the locomotive! We see them or hear their loud horns from a distance, usually assuming they are zooming by carrying big loads across the country, forgetting that they can also be a great mode of transportation for people!

A typical train’s seats are as comfortable as regular plane seats. They aren’t plush like first class, but they do just fine. They have PLENTY of leg room which can be really hard to come by on a plane! They still have drop down trays that come down from the seatback in front of you, just like on a plane. The seats are only two by two, meaning two seats together on each side of the train, so you are never stuck in a middle seat! That is a great bonus. The windows are huge in comparison to airplane windows, so even if you are in the aisle seat instead of the window seat, you still have great views out multiple windows.

Because you aren’t traveling as fast as you do on a plane, it will take longer to reach your destination. So, if you are in a rush, this might not be the best choice for you. The benefits are numerous though. Aside from those already listed above, because of the slower speed and large windows, you get a great view the whole time. Of course, not everything you pass will be pretty, but depending on your travel route, you may really get to enjoy some beautiful views. On an airplane, your only view for most of the flight is clouds and sky.

Another great benefit to train travel is the baggage policy! If you are tired of paying up to fifty dollars just for taking a suitcase on your trip, then you will love this. You are allowed two personal items, up to twenty-five pounds AND two other items, up to fifty pounds FOR FREE! Take that, airplane industry! Even if you need to bring MORE (which is a lot of luggage), you are allowed two more bags, up to fifty pounds each for an additional charge of only twenty dollars each. The airlines can’t come close to touching this baggage policy.

What about food? If you have been on a plane lately, then you know that shorter flights consist only of drink services and a small snack like a LITTLE bag of peanuts or pretzels. Longer flights often offer food to purchase, but oftentimes it is in the form of a box lunch or snack. The days of hot meals are long gone. There are dining cars on trains and depending on the length of the trip, you will have different food options. Even short trips will offer an item like pizza – hot food! Longer trips have full meals. There are still overnight trains with sleeping quarters. If you choose this fun form of travel, the price of your ticket includes meals!

We hope you have enjoyed learning more about what train travel has to offer you and hope you give it a try sometime! If your cross-country travel includes a move, then we hope we will be your local moving company of choice. At Florida Moving Systems, we will meet all your moving and storage needs whether it is a local Melbourne, FL move or cross-country! Please call us today to arrange your move and find out what we can do for you!

Transporting Your Plants

Written by trishfms on . Posted in Be Prepared, central florida moving, Cross Country Moving Company, healthy living, moving advise, moving out of state, moving tips, north american van lines, packing, packing advise, Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation allows plants to be transported if the trip is less than 150 miles and transport time is under 24 hours.  However, some states quarantine plants at all times.  Overall, moving companies can’t ensure proper care for transporting plants and unfortunately, cannot be held responsible for their final condition.  Check with us at Florida Moving Systems, Inc (A North American Van Lines Agent) to see if plants are allowed for your move. transporting-house-plants-fl-move If you still wish to attempt transport on your own, keep the following in mind:
  • Allow your plants to store extra energy by giving them extra sunlight several weeks prior to moving day
  • Prune back overgrown leaves and branches one month prior to moving
  • Reduce feeding to minimize growth
  • Water thoroughly the day before moving
  • Stabilize the plant in a sturdy carton to prevent tipping