Train Life is a documentary about commuters on Amtrak's Capitol Corridor -- a 170-mile commuter rail line running between Auburn, in California's Central Valley, and San Jose, at the south end of the Bay Area. With round-trip commutes ranging from four to six hours, these daily travelers spend large portions of their day just getting to-and-from work. Compounded by not-infrequent delays and schedule inconsistencies, it's a wonder that these folks get up in the morning at all. But, there they are, day-in and day-out, waiting at the train platform at 5:30 in the morning for another day on the train.
Filmed on Amtrak's Capitol Corridor trains and Richmond, California platform, Train Life distills the lives of twelve daily riders into a 23-minute commuting experience.
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Having made three films on the subject of train travel, I can see the difficulty in making an interesting film about something about which passengers are largely complaining. There was, I think, too much stasis and not enough scenes of the train in motion. Maybe it could have been better if passengers would address themselves more to what they think the train should be. The golden age of American railroading was between 1947 and 1957, before Southern Pacific threw in the towel. I concede the problems, but think the film could have been more interesting.