Dreaming of trains can be an excellent way to reflect on your life and ambitions. While most people may dream of taking a train somewhere exotic or romantic, dreaming about trains can actually provide you with insight into your current life, where you wish to go in the future, or what you need to change.
These are the 15 most common train dreams, symbolism, and deeper meanings. So, what does it mean when you dream about a train?
The spiritual symbolism of trains in dreams
Train dreams are generally associated with speed, freedom, adventure, travel, transformation, forward movement, and opportunities. Dreaming about trains can mean that you are undergoing change and heading toward a new destination in your life.
Generally, it is a positive dream. However, it depends on what condition the train is in, which direction it is going or what you are doing in it. Then it could be more of a warning signal to make a change or change direction in your real life.
Dream about the delayed train
A delayed train is a sign that you are putting off a task that needs your attention. You are delaying the inevitable, and the result will be much worse. If you have been putting off something important, it’s time to take action. Don’t put it off any longer.
If you start doing something about it, your problems may go away on their own. This dream also symbolizes laxity and procrastination.
Dream about a train crash
Dreaming about a train crash represents the fear of getting lost in your life’s goals or doing too much that you eventually end up lost. Maybe you want to accomplish several things at once, and your energy is fragmented. You may be unsure of how to achieve your goals and afraid that you will end up in the wrong place if you do.
The train accident signifies the fear that your life’s plans will go off the rails. It means there is a possibility your plans or journey may be derailed, and you will have to figure out a Plan B. Maybe it’s time to start considering the alternatives and ask yourself, “what if?“
Dream about missing the train
Missing a train is a common dream that symbolizes the loss of opportunities in one’s personal or professional life. It may represent feeling unprepared and lacking the resources or courage to follow through with a decision or action. It may also reflect feelings of guilt for moving on with your life while someone else suffers.
Remember that if you miss a train, sooner or later, another one will. So don’t lose hope.
Dream about the train standing in a station
A train standing in a train station or anywhere else indicates that you are moving forward toward your goals and not giving up. You have several opportunities in front of you, and it is up to you to choose. Either way, follow your intuition and listen to your inner voice to help you decide what is good to do or accept.
If you approach everything slowly, the train may pass before your eyes.
Dream about flying train
If you dream of seeing or being on a flying train, it suggests that you are looking for a sense of freedom and movement in your life. You may feel boxed in or trapped in an unpleasant situation, and the dream tells you to move on to something better.
Personally, I often had this type of dream during the coronavirus era, so I can safely say that it indicates a desire for freedom and free movement.
Dream about train wrecks
This is one of the less favorable dreams. You may feel uneasy and uncomfortable, or you may even feel like your dream is crumbling before your eyes. Maybe you were planning to go on a trip to Europe, but you unexpectedly had to spend a lot of money, and now you’re just looking at pictures of Prague or Paris on Instagram and mourning.
Dream about freight train
A freight train is a symbol you want to see in your dream! This type of train symbolizes self-sufficiency and the power to achieve or carry whatever you put on your shoulders. According to old dream dictionaries, a freight train in dreams indicates acquiring something you never expected to achieve (because it seemed too big or unattainable to you.)
Dream about the train leaving without you
If you have a dream that the passenger train starts to leave without you, it is a sign that you are making decisions without thinking about the consequences. You may feel pressure to make a decision quickly without understanding the possible outcomes.
This type of dream can be unsettling because it reflects your fears of making the wrong choice or being left behind by others who are making different or better choices.
Last but not least, this dream is common in people who feel ostracized from their peer group or community. They feel like they don’t belong or are not accepted by others.
Dream about a train journey through nature
This type of dream is your unconscious mind’s way of expressing what is going on in your personal life. Peace, tranquility, and contentment are the words that describe the character of this dream. Everything is going according to plan, and you are doing well in life.
Dream about a train going backward
The train represents your journey of life and the direction it’s heading. If the train is going backward, it may be a sign that you need to make some changes to get on the right track. The back-and-forth motion of the train may indicate restlessness or anxiety about your current situation. It’s not a completely bad omen but rather just a signal that it’s time to make a change.
Dream about driving a train
Dreaming about driving a train is a sign that you are headed in the right direction and are on the right track to where you want to be. You are the “pilot of your life” and have complete control over it.
You have the ability and resources to achieve your goals. Nothing is holding you back.
Dream about the train station
A train station is a place where trains depart, arrive, connect or disconnect the wagon. A train station as a dream symbol represents your transition from one phase of your life to another. It could be, for example, your connection between the past, present, and future, or you may go through some life-changing experience.
Your subconscious mind may want you to realize that everything happens for a reason and that something new begins when something ends. You may soon find yourself in a place or situation that will seem challenging or hard to understand, but later, you will see that it happened for a reason and put you in a better place.
Dream about train ticket
To dream of a train ticket means new opportunities and your efforts and hard work paying off. The dream interpretation can change depending on what you do with the ticket. You will receive positive news regarding your work or career if you have found it. On the contrary, something will be canceled at the last minute if you lose it.
Dream about a steam train
Dreaming about a steam train may represent your ability to rise above challenges and obstacles. Your dream urges you to take risks and follow your passions while not forgetting the people around you who also deserve your time, love, and efforts.
These were the 15 most common train dreams and their spiritual interpretations. Most of the interpretations come from old dream books I inherited from my grandmother and not modern ones (which I am not a fan of because they are inaccurate.)
Generally speaking, the train represents your direction in life. If you consider the train’s condition, the direction it is going, or what you are doing on it, you will more easily figure out what your subconscious is trying to tell you through this dream symbol.
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