1. You’ve never minded talking to strangers.
You may encounter Amish people who have a fiery passion for Go Fish, a painter with no direction, a recent widow planning to start fresh in New Orleans, an elderly Milan couple who loves the concept of conspiracy theories, a self proclaimed hermit from Oregon, or a train kid traveling cross country with a Chiweenie that he sneaked on board.
Everyone’s leaving from someplace, everyone’s going to somewhere, and everyone’s just bored enough to talk to you over microwavable pizza in the dining car. Conversation is a luxury of train travel, and you’ve always made the most of it.