Dream meaning » train

To see a train of cars moving in your dreams, you will soon have cause to make a journey.

To be on a train and it appears to move smoothly along, though there is no track, denotes that you will be much worried over some affair which will eventually prove a source of profit to you.

Train Crossing, Signals, and Signs

Signs and signals in our dreams can often be a very literal sign and message. Sometimes these messages come as warnings or simply as an awareness in our consciousness.

If you ever had to sit at an intersection for a long time waiting for a train to pass, you know this can be a very slow and long process.

Dreaming of a Long Line of Train Cars

A long line of train cars can mean that you feel like you have a lot of responsibilities or details to pay attention to. You may be feeling stressed or overburdened in your current daily work.

Steam or Diesel Engine?

If you happen to notice the engine and first car of the long line of cars, you may notice it is steam powered or even possibly a diesel engine.

Trains Traveling With No Track

Most of the time when we think of railroads, we assume the train will be going down the tracks. Of course, in dreams we are not limited by what happens in our physical reality!

Waiting at a Train Station

Dreaming of a train station can be a symbol of transformation and waiting. You may be in a place of uncertainty, or you may be wondering what the future may hold. You may be feeling like you are running out of time to make a decision.

The Hidden Meanings of Your Dreams

Physical Physical
You are focusing on “staying on track” in your life. You are headed in a specific direction toward goals, social and work-related, shared with others. Missing a train means a missed opportunity. A train wreck means you’re encountering an unexpected obstacle that seriously disrupts your progress and throws your life into chaos.
Emotional Emotional
You feel you’re conforming and not being original enough. A train going through a tunnel indicates you’re experiencing a life lesson you can’t avoid. A freight train means you’re carrying burdens and problems.
Spiritual Spiritual
You need to think in an orderly, sequential way with a clear “train of thought.” You’re focusing on the momentum and speed of your life’s evolution. A derailed train means you’ve gotten off track and need to realign with your life purpose.
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The Dream Encyclopedia
The Dream Encyclopedia

The train as a dream symbol is often linked with the Freudian interpretation of the train (phallus) going through the tunnel (vagina), representing intercourse. Yet even Freud gave trains alternative meanings (e.g., missing a train might represent missed opportunities or even missing one’s death (rather than missing intercourse). Being the engineer on a train and traveling smoothly down the track may mean staying “on track” in one’s life.
As with all such symbols, the dreamer’s prior associations with trains determines their meaning in a particular dream.

The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke
The Big Dictionary of Dreams » Martha Clarke

Your future is going forward. Given that the train follows a fixed route, this dream suggests that you are receiving help and direction in your vital life. As a means of collective transportation, on the other hand, this image symbolizes the need to share projects, ideas, and thoughts. From it you can deduce the need to speak more often with your loved ones, fleeing from the isolation that threatens you. On the contrary, being the only occupant of the train is a sign of great timidness or ego.

If you miss a train, it indicates the frustrated hope for change or the desire to leave a real situation, but without a clear sense of direction. For Jung, the figure of public vehicles expresses that the dreamer has not found her own way yet, and that her behavior is the same as everyone else’s. According to Freud, dreams that imply movement represent sexual relations. In fact, Freud believed the train to be a phallic symbol.

In antiquity, dreaming of voyages presaged a change in fortune. This would be better if the destination were at the top of a hill or of a mountain. And if the voyage continued at large in a straight line, the good luck would appear very soon in your life.

The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett
The Complete Guide to Interpreting Your Dreams » Stearn Robinson & Tom Corbett

If the train was standing in the station or on a side track, it forecasts an unexpected hitch or delay in your plans; otherwise, see Travel.

Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox
Complete Dictionary of Dreams » Dr. Michael Lennox

You are undergoing a pretty significant change or transformation. Any vehicle that moves you from one location to another signifies that big shifts are occurring.
A train is much faster than a car but slower than a plane. In this way, being on a train in your dream means that there is a medium amount of transformation going on in your life.
A train is a type of public transportation, so the changes that are taking place are more likely to relate to your public rather than your private life. The state of the train, such as its age and the shape it is in, will offer you more distinctions to add to your interpretation.

Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson
Dream Dictionary » Eve Adamson & Gayle Williamson

Traveling by train and enjoying the scenery means you are on the right path, and life is good.

If you dream you are in a train crash or the train stops and can’t get started again, you might be headed in the wrong direction, or you are experiencing a major barrier to progress.

If you dream of missing a train, you have missed an opportunity or narrowly escaped a dangerous situation.

If you dream you are driving a train, you are master of your own destiny. You know just where to go and what to do to create your life the way you want it to be.

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