[[caption-width-right:341:[[RuleOfRomantic Goodbyes should be romantic.]]]]

->''"The day's last one-way ticket train pulls in''
->''We smile for the casual closure capturing''
->''There goes the downpour''
->''Here goes my fare thee well"''
-->-- '''Music/TheFray''', "Vienna"

[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The classic parting of two lovers at the train station]].

The two StarCrossedLovers are saying goodbye: who knows if they will ever see each other again. As the train starts to pull out of the station, the lover staying behind runs alongside to keep his lover in view as long as possible, while the lover on the train either leans out the window or is pressed up against the glass.

A very effective TearJerker. Can be a DownerEnding, but occasionally the lovers are reunited through ThePowerOfLove.

See also AirplaneOfLove. In a modern American context, this is an [[UndeadHorseTrope Undead Trope]], as railroads have decayed in favor of short-hop plane flights and the automobile. It's more frequent in Japanese and European media, where trains remain a vital mode of transportation. In a story with a more supernatural edge, one may be seeing the other off at the AfterlifeExpress.

If the lover who's staying is trying to get to the station before the train pulls out, it overlaps with RaceForYourLove.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/AllisonAndLillia'' plays this trope ''almost'' entirely straight (with it being a literal TearJerker), though it's subverted a scene (and 15-year TimeSkip) later.
* ''Manga/BlueDrop'' has an interesting variety, in which Mari run's after Hagino's ''space ship'', right before [[spoiler:it rams a ship of the invading Arume fleet]].
* At the end of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Sakura runs by the train to give Syaoran her second teddy bear to signify that they are a couple and that she will wait for him to return.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' ended in a tramway goodbye. ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' had an odd variant.
* ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'' has this as one of its many pivotal moments, because it's [[spoiler:one of the last times Tohno sees Akari before they permanently part ways.]] It's made even stronger since [[spoiler:it was after the first time they shared a kiss, and spent the whole night catching up and reminiscing, snowed in in an old shack.]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' plays with and subverts this several times between Edward and Winry, [[spoiler:finally playing it straight in the finale]].
* The ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic: 2nd Raid'' OVA used this at the end. Tessa confesses her love to Sagara as he's leaning out of a plane taking off. The music swells romantically, and is then subverted when Sagara mishears and thinks Tessa is admitting to being an alcoholic. Tessa is not amused.
* This comes up at the end of both ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' movies.
* In ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'', Hagumi says goodbye to Takemoto when he is about to leave Tokyo by train after his graduation. Despite Takemoto's feelings for her they are not lovers, but it still leads to a [[TearJerker heart-wrenching]] {{bittersweet ending}}, especially when Takemoto opens Hagumi's farewell gift later on.
* ''[[Manga/MaidenRose Maiden Rose]]'' opens with what should be a by-the-book TrainStationGoodbye scene but then unexpectedly takes out the "goodbye" part which launches off the whole story to follow.
* Meiko and Namura in ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', complete with ''Saigo no Yakusoku'' -- a massive {{Tear Jerker}} in and of itself -- playing in the background.
* The Creator/SatoshiKon movie ''Anime/MillenniumActress'' has Chiyoko chasing the mysterious artist to the train station just as the train pulls away.
* Both played straight and subverted in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' - Touji and Kensuke show up to say their farewells to Shinji, but Misato's arrival at the very last minute causes Shinji to change his mind.
* ''[[VideoGame/SentimentalGraffiti Sentimental Journey]]'' - Kaho's episode ends with her handing off a bento box to her (female) best friend who's moving away.
* The anime and manga series ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'' uses the 'just too late' variant when Emma leaves London and William chases her to the station.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Ami says goodbye to Ryou this way. Later subverted with Rei and Yuichirou: [[spoiler:the train turns out to be a MonsterOfTheWeek]]. Oddly, the actual example (given that Ryou barely appears again from that point) is very light-hearted in tone, while the subversion is a real TearJerker episode complete with appropriate CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* In ''Manga/MuhyoAndRoji'', happens when Roji leaves on a train for training at the MLS [[spoiler:after being temporarily dismissed by Muhyo, which raises the question of whether they will get back together]].
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', [[spoiler:following the events at the Nimbasa Ferris Wheel,]] White decides to take on the Battle Subway to learn how to fight. White says her goodbyes to Black from the train window, who muses all that they've done together and how he'll win the League for the sake of both their dreams. Yes, he does end up running after the train while it goes off, but somehow manages to hurl the Pokeball with his Braviary inside to her so that she has three Pokemon to challenge the Subway with.
* Subverted in ''Manga/KidsOnTheSlope'' when Junichi decides at the last second to take Yurika with him.
* Not lovers, but in ''Manga/HidamariSketch'', when Yuno's train to take her back after a visit home starts off, her father runs while keeping his upper half erect and visible in the vertical door window.
* Nate sees the yo-kai Bruff off in one episode of ''Anime/YokaiWatch''. It's played for laughs considering the melodramatic nature of the episode. Nate even runs after the train and falls down while running.
* Parodied in an episode of ''Manga/YuruYuri''. [[ButtMonkey Akari]] barely misses a train and chases it futilely as it pulls from the station. After hearing the commotion outside, [[ItsAllAboutMe Kyoko]] sticks her head out one of the train's windows and acts as though this trope is in effect.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Amazing [[SpiderMan Spider-Man]]'' #143 (1974), Mary Jane Watson accompanies Peter Parker to JFK airport from where he and Robbie Robertson are going to fly to Paris for a story. The two had been dating for a while, but it is only now, before they are saying farewell that she asks him to kiss her. It is a good kiss, and a major turning point in their relationship, and set up that their love had now grown so strong that not even the introduction of Gwen Stacy's clone (that very issue) could derail it.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Near the beginning of ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Judy says goodbye to her family before she boards a train to Zootopia for her new job on the police force. Cotton, a child bunny who is her favorite niece, brings a slight parody to trope by being the one who shouts "Bye Judy, I love you....Bye...Bye" as the train doors shut and running alongside the train as it pulls away.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The TropeMaker is 1944 film ''Film/SinceYouWentAway'', with Jane and Bill's tearful goodbye at the train station, complete with declarations of love, Jane running after the train, and Bill handing her a keepsake from the moving train window.
* An early and pretty frosty example can be found in ''Film/{{Dodsworth}}'', where the female lead bids the male lead goodbye after telling him she wants a divorce.
* The ''Film/SinceYouWentAway'' version was parodied in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' with the soldier on the plane, leaning out the hatch as it taxis down the runway, and his lover running alongside yelling her goodbyes whilst colliding with various stuff.
** Accompanied by the plane making [[StockSoundEffects steam engine noises]].
* ''Film/BriefEncounter'' with Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson. Starts and ends at the train station in Carnforth, [[OopNorth Lancashire]], England. No one does any running though.
* Occurs in the film ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' when the boy and the girl are still in adolescence. The boy holds up a sign reading, "[[IWillFindYou I'll come back for you]]". He does several years later, but it doesn't end well... [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong at least in that timeline]].
* ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', of course. Although it's a SubvertedTrope, because no one was waiting for Rick at the station.
* ''Film/FarFromHeaven'': Julianne Moore's character rushes to the train station to say goodbye to Dennis Haysbert. He sees her at the platform, but makes no move to get off the train and go to her. The train pulls away from the station with the two of them looking at each other, then Dennis steps back inside the train as it rolls down the tracks.
* Parodied ruthlessly in ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux''. After Topper's fiancee leaves him, it starts raining at the train station...[[PersonalRaincloud but only on him.]]
* In ''Film/MrNobody'', the young hero has to decide whether to leave with his mother (on the train) or to stay behind with his father (at the station). The movie explores [[AlternateTimeline both of his possible futures separately]].
* Done with a bus in ''Film/AsOne'', but otherwise played letter-straight, with Bun-hi being taken away on the bus while Jung-hwa follows along outside, calling out to Bun-hi, reaching for her hand, and giving Bun-hi a ring. Tears are shed.
* ''Film/TwoWomen'' plays this straight, with Giovanni saying goodbye to Cesira as she leaves Rome, and following along as the train starts to pull away.
* ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'' has the "Saying Good-Bye" scene with Kermit and Piggy.
* In ''Film/TheNamesake'' film based on the book, this is messed with viciously. Gogol(now Nikhil) and Moushumi are about to go on a train to see Gogol's parents. Gogol then finds out about Moushumi's affair with her high school sweetheart. Gogol turns away from her in the train station and Moushumi walks away, embarrassed.
* Inverted in ''Film/SafetyLast''. The movie opens with a scene that appears to show Harold about to be hanged while his family bids goodbye from behind the bars. Then the camera angle shifts and it turns out that it is actually a train station.
* Another parody occurs in ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'', with Madeline Kahn getting caught in the departing train's steam/smoke and coughing her lungs out.
* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables (1985)'', when she goes off to Queens College. "She'll be gone so long, she'll get terrible lonesome".
** There's another one in "Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story" when Gilbert goes off to war shortly after their wedding. It's the only movie to not follow any canon at all (it's not even in the right ''time period''), but the love scenes are heartwrenching.
** Subverted at the end of the first installment of the 2016-17 Breakthrough Entertainment trilogy adaptation, where Matthew and Marilla have found a new family for Anne and are about to send her away by train, but as Anne is waiting at the station with Matthew, Marilla has a change of heart and rushes to bring them back.
* Used in the film ''Film/TheSecretInTheirEyes'', which finds the protagonist's lover chasing the train down the platform, even though they've already exchanged "I love you"'s.
* In ''Film/CloselyWatchedTrains'', the main character is about to kiss his love interest who's on the last car of a train. The train starts moving before their lips can touch.
* ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' features a bus depot goodbye as Simone (the waitress he befriended earlier) waves good by to Pee-Wee as she goes on her way to Paris, complete with hankerchief.
* In ''Film/TheJourneyOfNattyGann,'' Natty and Harry have a touching farewell at the bus station, including a kiss, when Harry leaves for California to work while Natty stays in Washington to look for her father. The movie leaves it open-ended as to whether or not they're likely to see each other again, although Natty is shown writing a letter to Harry before the ending.
* In ''Film/CarryOnGirls'', Peter Potter is leaving on a train to Fircombe to help promote a beauty contest. His girl, Paula Perkins, doesn't know about the beauty contest, and is there to see him off. She gets miffed when all the pretty girls are also boarding the train. When the train lurches off, Peter manages to tear the top of one girl down, while Paula is still watching.
* In ''Film/AManAndAWoman'', Jean-Louis sees his love, Anne, off at the train station. Then he drives like crazy to be in Paris before her train arrives.
* 1925 silent film classic ''Film/TheBigParade'' features a Troop Transport Goodbye, in which the hero has to leave his pretty French girlfriend when his regiment is called up to the front. It's a different vehicle but otherwise the trope is played perfectly straight.
* In ''Film/ILoveYouPhillipMorris'' Phillip runs through the prison and out into the prison "garden" to chase after the prison bus Steven was on and they promise they'll see each other again. Steven drops the title of the film in the process.
* The Leo [=McCarey=] classic ''Film/MakeWayForTomorrow'' has a TearJerker one of these. An old couple are forced to separate when they lose their home and none of their kids can[=/=]are willing to take them both in. Things get worse, and finally Pa has to go to California by train. The kids are discussing the situation and you're left with the hope that they'll find some way to get Ma out there too. But the old couple are certain they'll die before reuniting, and they have a long, heartfelt farewell.
* ''Film/{{Sterne}}'' has a particularly harsh TearJerker, as the train in question is a cattle car taking Ruth to Auschwitz, being hopelessly chased by the protagonist Walter.
* Done in ''Bollywood/KuchKuchHotaHai'': Rahul runs along Anjali's train to convince her not to leave. The twist is that it plays like the traditional starcrossed lovers scene, but Anjali's love for Rahul is unrequited and he shows up at the train station accompanied by his girlfriend.
* Seen in ''Film/MichaelCollins'' when Michael and Kitty bid farewell to Harry Boland, who is departing for a trip to America. Kitty kisses her then-beau Harry goodbye.....and is then [[FakeOutMakeOut forced to do the same with Michael]] when some British officers demand to see her papers. The music that plays over the scene is even titled 'Train Station Farewell' on the soundtrack.
* At the end of ''Film/TheFrontPage,'' Walter Burns sees Hildy Johnson and his bride-to-be off at the train station, even giving Hildy his watch as a wedding gift. It had been a gift from "The Old Chief," so there's some sentimental value there. [[spoiler: After the train leaves, Walter wires ahead to the next station that "the son of a bitch stole my watch."]]
* Heartwarming moments when Joe sees Katherine off in ''Film/{{Fury 1936}}'', including a MementoMacGuffin ring being handed over.
* At the end of ''Film/AdeleHasntHadHerDinnerYet'', Nick Carter is boarding the Orient Express in Prague. He's traveling to Egypt to investigate why the Pyramid of Cheops disappeared. He's saying goodbye to his love Kvetuska who is sad but understands that he is the only one who can solve "the pyramidal mystery". He's also saying goodbye to Professor Bocek, Kvetuska's grandfather, and his Prague sidekick police commissioner Ledvina.
* Played completely straight in ''Film/MyReputation'' which has Jess tearfully saying goodbye to Major Scott. He then says that he'll marry her once he gets back from the war front.
* ''Film/BeforeSunrise''. Just... ''Before Sunrise''.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' presents us with a variant that offers a touch of {{foreshadowing}}. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', Ginny runs after the Hogwarts Express to say goodbye to her brothers, and there in the train with them is Harry.
* Spoofed in the Creator/SvenHassel war novel ''Literature/ComradesOfWar'' when DumbMuscle Tiny falls in love with BattleaxeNurse Emma. As the train is leaving for the Russian front, he leans out the window shouting that he'll put in for medical leave so he can see her again, only to get hit in the head by a passing pole, whereupon he shouts gleefully, "See, I've got a skull fracture!"
* ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'' opens this way with Hercule M. Potriot boarding a train from Syria to Istanbul.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/EarlyEdition'' setup for one of these, but when Gary reached the train station, the girl wasn't there: she'd decided to take an earlier train because she knew if he tried to talk her out of going, she'd probably stay.
* An episode of ''Series/GoodnightSweetheart'' had Gary running after the Eurostar to say goodbye to Yvonne, only to trip over a luggage trolley. Notably, the 1940s plot was that Creator/NoelCoward wanted Gary to have a walk-on in ''Film/BriefEncounter''.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' spoofed this trope, in which a woman (Creator/CaseyWilson) continuously chases her UsefulNotes/WorldWarI-bound lover (Creator/ZacEfron) even as the train breaks into full speed.
* Seen in ''Series/{{ER}}'s'' episode "Union Station", which also averted the RaceForYourLove trope when Mark Greene dashed to the train station to declare his love to the departing Susan Lewis and beg her not to leave, only to have her rebuff him and leave anyway.
* Used in ''Series/{{Bramwell}}'', along with RaceForYourLove, which had Eleanor Bramwell running to the train station in order to reconcile with her lover.
* Happens in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' at the end of "Goodbye" between [[spoiler: Finn and Rachel]].
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': There is a train station goodbye between Lady Felicia and her NewOldFlame at the end of "The Face of the Enemy". He then uses a cloud of steam to pull a StealthHiBye and board the train.

* "Penélope", a song by the Spanish singer Joan Manuel Serrat, is about a Train Station Goodbye. The man, however, returns several years later.
* Music/TheMonkees song "Last Train to Clarksville"
** Though in this case, the eponymous train is the one she's taking to ''meet'' him. He isn't actually leaving until the morning.
* "Love in Vain" by Music/RobertJohnson (CoveredUp by Music/TheRollingStones).
* The song "Summer Rain" by Belinda Carlisle contains this in the chorus, as she is "whispering our goodbyes/waiting for a train/I was dancing with my baby/in the summer rain." The music video depicts a TrainStationGoodbye as well.
* The video for Music/CyndiLauper's ''Time After Time'' features one at the end.
* One is implied in the first verse of Music/{{Styx}}'s "Babe": "My train is going/I see it in your eyes/The love, the need, your tears..."
* Al Jolson's "Toot Toot Tootsie."
-->That little choo-choo train\\
That takes me\\
Away from you, no words can tell how sad it makes me.
* "White Room" by Music/{{Cream}} has a second verse using this trope, including lines like "Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows/I walked into such a sad time at the station."
* "Leaving Nancy" by Music/EricBogle, which is based on Bogle saying goodbye to his mother at the train station as he left to emigrate to Australia.

* Seen in the "Dainty June" [[ShowWithinAShow vaudeville scene]] in ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'', except it ends with June declaring she'd rather stay with her cow than go to the big city. This foreshadows a later scene where the boys bid an unromantic goodbye to Rose and Louise at a train station, with June already gone.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* At the end of Milfeulle's route in the first ''Games/GalaxyAngel'' game, this occurs when Milfeulle decides to leave the force... even though they're in space. Don't worry, she's not gone for good, from either the LoveInterest or the military.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' when, after [[spoiler:Roxas merges with Sora at the end of the prologue,]] Sora cries when he leaves Twilight Town on the train even though he hardly knows the people he is leaving and doesn't seem to be leaving for good.
* One occurs in the second bonus level of ''[[VideoGame/OsuTatakaeOuendan Ouendan 2]]''.
* The end of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has your whole group of friends doing this to you.
* An [[ShippingGoggles (arguably)]] non-romantic example is the ending of the fourth case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'', in which Phoenix's sidekick Maya goes to train in the Kurain Channeling technique in her hometown, and Phoenix says his goodbyes to her at the station.
* ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' does an alternative take on this with [[spoiler:Glottis being unable to go beyond the Land of the Dead with Manny and Meché; whilst it obviously isn't romantic in any way, it's still a potential tear jerker through Glottis embracing Manny and crying about how he's the best boss he's ever had.]]
* An [=NPC=] in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' hangs out at the Rogueport train station because she loves the thought of these.
* A non romantic version occurs in the ending of the 5th case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''. Phoenix manages to catch up to Maya at the train station before she departs for her spiritual training in Kurain Village. Phoenix wishes Maya the best of luck and looks forward to seeing her again.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Cyan is forced to see off [[spoiler: his deceased wife and son]] as they board the AfterlifeExpress.

* [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/3/16/ Parodied]] by ''Webcomic/PennyArcade''.
* ''Webcomic/PerryBibleFellowship'' had a [[http://pbfcomics.com/166 rather mean-spirited take on this]].
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1278#comic did it too.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied by ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. As Trixie boards a plane, Timmy yells out that she was the one who stole his goldfish to attract his attention. She didn't hear anything due to the noise the airplane's engine was making.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' did it, and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] it, of course.

* [[http://i35.tinypic.com/1kb44.jpg Please remember to keep your head and arms inside the vehicle at all times.]]
* St Pancras Station, in London, has a statue of a couple embracing called ''The Meeting Place'' under the clock, which is presumably meant to evoke this trope.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Creator/BeatrixPotter, the author of ''Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit'' had this happen with tragic consequences in RealLife. Her parents objected to her engagement and insisted she leave with them for the country to wait 6 months to "test" if these feelings were strong enough. Her fiance saw her off at the train station while it was raining. He caught pneumonia. Then he died.