One of the mainstays

of Ontario’s economy

is the production of top-quality

high-speed rail feasibility studies.

Please understand that we have no intention

of ever actually building such things.

Indeed, passenger rail travel in Ontario

and elsewhere in Canada is in inexorable decline.

Still, reading about speculative rail systems is jolly fun.

Thus, the studies—and also fictional works

like these five stories about trains,

each one remarkable in its own way.