We have spent a number of days on trains this month, traveling through Europe. Generally easy, we have found plenty of space for luggage, less security hassles than airports, and plenty of room. We have chosen tourist (second) class tickets and found that quite sufficient in all cases in Europe. We were surprised, however, that we could often fly between cities for less than we could go by train. We were also surprised that buying individual tickets was far more cost effective for us than the Rail Pass that was heavily promoted to overseas tourists. The Rail Pass assumes first class travel at the highest fares, something we have avoided. Nonetheless, we have taken a few trains, especially when we found a book ahead deal.
Our train reading: