I am a native English speaker with, what I consider to be, an excellent vocabulary but I recently ran into a problem whilst compiling my list of New Year's Resolutions.

One item on the list is to take my children aboard the West Highland Steam Train in Scotland however I really struggled to write it to a standard I was happy with.

Terms already considered

Board the West Highland Steam Train

Indicates the achievement is complete once upon the train and does not consider the entire journey

Complete the West Highland Rail Journey

Indicates some adversity to be overcome or a guiding part of the journey belongs to me

Alight the West Highland Steam Train

Same criticism as 'board'

Ride the West Highland Steam Train

Sounds close to surfer vernacular of Southern California

I know that we are into hair-splitting territory but what would be the most suitable phrasing of this sentence paying deference to the language of the United Kingdom?

Colloquial is fine.

  • I think "ride" is in fairly common use in the US for taking a train trip. And there's Duke Ellington's song, "Take the A Train." But I don't know if either is proper usage in the UK. – David K Jan 1 '15 at 18:17

The Guardian says, "You'll travel the West Highland Line", though that omits the important element of steam.



Take a trip aboard the West Highland Steam Train


Travel on the West Highland Steam Train.

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    Travel was the word I had centred on; thank you. Take a trip works perfectly as well. I have no idea why I was drawing such a blank on this one sentence. – Venture2099 Jan 1 '15 at 12:55

Undertake the West Highland rail journey, in its entirety.


I would use

Tour the west coast of Scotland aboard the West Highland Line steam train.

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    Tour works quite well. TY. – Venture2099 Jan 1 '15 at 16:29

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