Trains are potent images of moving through the stages of life.
If you’ve dreamed of being on board a train with someone else, this dream can point to a need for connection.
I’m going to show you the different ways to analyze dreams where you are on a train, both alone and with others.
The kind of train you dream about and who is with you are important symbols that will help guide you to your dream meaning.
Remember that all dream symbols will have cultural and personal importance to you, and your emotional state in the dream is crucial when analyzing the message. Your psyche uses dream images to bring your attention to things that have been subconsciously worrying or engaging you.
What Does It Mean To Dream About Being On Board A Train?
Generally speaking, dreams about trains symbolize purpose and moving through life. Still, they can also imply a lack of freedom and a life that feels controlled by others.
There are many different meanings to draw from dreaming about being on a train, so we’ll look at some of the most common. But, of course, all the interpretations will depend on how you feel about the things happening in your dream and what the images mean to you personally.
Ernest Hartmann is a dream researcher who writes that dreams are visual metaphors for what you feel strongly about and that the images relate to what is uppermost in your emotions. The connections between the dream visions and the feelings are not random but representative.
To fully understand your dreams, you must also draw on your bank of personal connections to these images. For example, if trains frighten you, this is a good indicator that dreams with trains highlight an event or choice that you find frightening.
You Are on the Right Track
Trains can often symbolize our journey through life. So if you are on a passenger train where everything is running smoothly and you are happy and excited about where you’re going, this is an excellent sign.
Dreams like these confirm that you have made the right decisions and that your life is going how you want it to.
Although you’re not driving the train, you are confident everything will go as planned. (Other passengers may indicate your connection to society and how well you fit in).
Your Feel Powerless
Conversely, sometimes when you dream you are on a passenger train, it can highlight a feeling that you have no say in your life’s direction. Instead, your choices and path seem to be in the control of others who are more powerful than you.
Trains can indicate conformity and a need to do the same thing as everyone else to succeed.
This need can leave you struggling to balance being yourself while still doing well at work and home.
You Feel In Control
If instead of being a passenger, you are the train engineer, that indicates that you feel you have complete control over your life and possibly others. You may be happy about the prospect, and knowing that others rely on you to do a good job can make you feel validated.
Perhaps you’re working on a project in your waking life and feel in total control and confident that all will go well.
You Feel Overwhelmed
Sometimes, being in charge and responsible for the train and its passengers can feel like a burden. You might be in control of your life, but your actions could affect others negatively if things go wrong.
Suppose the dream is filled with negative emotions. In that case, you might be scared and overwhelmed, worried that this is too much responsibility for you.
It could also be a sign that although you’re in control of your life, you’re going the wrong way.
You Are Craving Freedom
If you’re leaving on a train to go on vacation rather than heading to work, this dream could indicate that you want a break from the mundane and would like more freedom than your life offers now.
Consider every detail of your dream and what you associate each thing with. The dream aspect that resonates with you will be key to analyzing it.
Sometimes the part you are most keen to avoid is the root of what your psyche wants you to focus on.
Consider what the train is leaving, as that could point to the thing you’re trying to get away from in real life.
You Want To Connect With Others
Passenger trains in dreams can also symbolize how we connect with others and society.
- Do you feel lonely in the dream, even if surrounded by other people?
- Is there someone on the train you want to connect with but are too scared to?
- Are friends, family, or colleagues on the train, and what kind of interactions are you having?
- Is someone on the train trying to attract your attention, and what aspect of them resonates with you?
Other people in dreams often mirror aspects of ourselves. Sometimes those things we see in other people we hate or love echo parts of our personality that we feel the same way about.
Consider all the details of the other people on the train with you in the dream, how you feel about them, and how you reacted to their presence.
Dreaming Of Hooking Up With A Stranger On A Train
As dream therapist Dr. Leslie Ellis notes, dreams are not to be taken literally—hooking up with a stranger on a train doesn’t mean you are about to run off and have a sexual encounter with a random person on public transport!
However, knowing that trains often symbolize our life path, the dream of sex with a stranger indicates that you crave qualities that you associate with that stranger in your life.
For example, in a society where we see women as nurturing or compassionate, you may try to assimilate those gendered qualities into yourself.
The stranger can also represent a part of yourself you have yet to explore and one you find exciting. How you feel about the encounter in the dream will help you decide whether or not to pursue this new side of yourself.
Dream Riding A Train With A Dead Friend
When you dream about a dead friend or loved one with you on a train ride, it can indicate that you miss them. You may have strong emotions about this deceased person. These emotions may be positive or negative, and if there are unresolved issues, this can be a reason to trigger their presence in your dreams.
It could be that they reflect a part of your personality you wish to reconnect with or that you want to emulate their behavior.
For example, suppose your dead friend was creative and carefree, and you have good associations with this. In that case, the dream might push you to incorporate more of that.
Dream About Being On A Fast Train
If you dream about being on a fast train, things in your life are going too fast and will soon be out of your control. Events are coming at you one after the other, and you need more time to collect yourself and deal with each one.
Another interpretation is that on this high-speed train, you are missing all the interesting stops along the way as you hurtle to your goal. If you regret being on this fast train, your psyche may tell you it’s time to take a break and enjoy life.
On the other hand, if you feel excited about the train’s speed and happily anticipate arriving at your destination, it can mean you are working at a stage of your life where everything is running perfectly, and you will soon achieve your goals 🙂
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