I've mentioned before that when I was staying in Cornwall, and was walking across Dartmoor, we finished our day at the little Ivybridge station ... just a bus-shelter whistle-stop sort of place.
The train came in right on schedule, carried us to Plymouth in warm comfort (which we needed because we were wet and cold, November it was), got a cup of tea and changed trains to Penzance, and whipped across country at 70 + MPH. No clogged-up A30, no fighting traffic, just watch the world go by.
What amazed me was the number of school kids in their school uniforms that were taking the train home for the day. Middle-schoolers, they'd be here, 12 - 15 years old, neat uniforms, and the most well-behaved kids I've ever seen. I mean, I'm willing to put up with a bit of horsing around and skylarking from kids that age, it's just natural, but these kids were acting like adults. All sorts of national origins, too, which is a change from where I live.
Anyway, we were in Penzance in no time, hopped a bus for Mousehole, and home and dry in way less time than it would have taken in a car .... and probably less cost too, considering the price of petrol there!
Wish we had them here.