@namida12 Nice! For the last 5 years I've averaged about a month a year as well (not that I planned it) but I usually go in summer (July/August/September) because that's when my work allows it.
To visit Scotland I'd say June is better than July, don't know for the rest of the UK.
@wim_v12e Will do Video Chat with family living above Tokyo tonight. Will know more afterwards - 4 hours from now...
The underlying mentality behind that is that 1950s mass motorization and jet aviation made rail travel "obsolete".
Even many American foamers buy into this mentality, screaming that new trains are ugly and we should go back to the old ones, and openly expressing hope that new trains fail, basically wanting Amtrak to be a heritage railway.