When a recent fast-moving winter storm coming our way was referred to as a clipper, it got me thinking of the old names that used to be given to specific trains, like The Yankee Clipper. Of course, that name originally derived from the fast sailing ships, but trains have personalities too.
The Europeans do a great job branding their trains. There is, of course, Eurostar, the popular train between London and Paris via the Chunnel. There’s also Thalys from Paris to Brussels and Amsterdam, and Lyria, a super-fast service from Paris to Switzerland using French TGV’s.