When we board a train, ship, or aircraft, we get on it:

I boarded the plane bound for London.

The ship was boarded by customs officials.

When a plane or ship is boarding, it is ready for passengers to get on:

Flight BA193 for Paris is now boarding at Gate 37.

Is it OK to say "the train is boarding (the passengers)"?

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Yes. It is OK and common to say "The train is boarding" just as it is to say the same about a plane.

It would be unusual to say "The train is boarding the passengers" even though this is implied.

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    It would be unusual because trains don't board passengers. Train crew members board passengers. ;) (Perhaps it should really be the train is now being boarded or the train is now available to be boarded. . .) Sep 12, 2018 at 0:54

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