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Old 01-25-2010, 07:05 PM
Location: uNDERwORLD
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amtrak new york to san francisco via provo in 3 days.
shinkansen tokyo to mount fuji in japan.
autotain virginia to orlando.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:21 PM
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Amtrak: Savannah to New York 1984. Great trip! We also had the sleeper cars. There was a goodie basket with some cheese and other things and the wine when we boarded.
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Old 01-25-2010, 11:23 PM
Location: Way up north :-)
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Have made a few trips by Eurail, great to do when you're in your 20s! It was interesting to be in more than one country in the space of a day, and to be able to see the subtle changes across borders. Not so scintillating in the tunnels though.

Originally Posted by ferret111 View Post
I took one from Tampa to New Orleans in Summer 2005. Well, technically from Orlando to New Orleans, as we had to take an Amtrak bus out of Tampa. I loved it. You have access to views that are sometimes impossible to replicate when traveling by car. Amtrak staff was great...they always were very friendly and helpful. Don't expect to get anywhere on time, though. Amtrak shares the tracks with freight trains, which have the right-of-way.
We took our first Amtrak journey from L.A-New Orleans earlier this year, about to do it again in March. The staff are wonderful, it's an amazing experience. I haven't been on a cruise ship, but I wonder if there is still a little glamor left in train travel, that perhaps no longer exists on cruise liners. It'll never be what it was, but there's just 'something about it'.
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:58 AM
Location: Queensland
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My wife drives trains hauling coal.
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Old 01-26-2010, 04:20 AM
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Amtrak will get better as in faster in the coming years, but for now its fastest sections are the Northeast Corridor & Keystone line average 130mph , max 150 soon 190mph. I rode the Keystone Express back in November form Newark Penn Station , to Exton,PA.

heres sum videos

Northeast Corridor - Construction zone - Speed Restricted to 40mph - towards then end increasing to 80mph


Entering 30 Street Station in Philly - a slow process due to the Train congestion.


After Philly , before Exton,PA - speeds of 90-110mph


It was nice , the crew were friendly and my goal this year and next year is to Travel & take advantage of the Northeastern US's Largest Rail network.

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Old 01-26-2010, 11:23 PM
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I've never been on a train.

The wife took Amtrak from Minnesota to Fla once .

It involved 3 different lines-----Empire Builder from St Cloud MN to Chicago. -----after a 4 hour layover----City of New Orleans to New Orleans-------few hours delay-- the Southwest Chief ( ??? ) fron NO to Pensacola.

She took a notebook to describe for me the towns she went thru, then quit writing when she remembered/realized train tracks don't run thru the most scenic parts of a town/city.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:44 AM
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I understand you have a nice light rail system going in St. Louis, hop on!

I'm increasingly taking light rail vacations. Next stops: L.A., San Francisco, Sacramento.

A stress-free no-car vacation!
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Old 01-27-2010, 01:09 PM
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marmac: Thanks for the reminder on something...

"City of New Orleans" is a song I just love. Written by Steve Goodman and made popular by Arlo Guthrie.
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:40 PM
Location: Massachusetts
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I have taken the train (Amtrak) a number of times. I live in MA, and I have mostly taken it to NYC, and to Virginia. I love the train because the seats are roomy, there are a decent number of bathrooms (important..i always gotta go..lol) and there are electrical plugs for computers, etc if you have them. You can also get up and walk around from car to car to stretch your legs.

My only complaint is that it's slow. It stops at every cow patch. I wish they had some faster trains that would take out certain stops to get to the big name places like NYC, DC, etc..and on down the line.

I have not yet rode a sleeper train, though i would like to do that. I would think that would be even better, as you have a place to lie down.

Also, while in San Jose CA in 2008, I took the CalTrain from San Jose to San Francisco. I loved it. It was a double decker train, and I had never been on one before. I wished I had more time in San jose, as I would have taken the train to other places in CA. I wouldn't have to worry about driving there.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by HomesickAussie View Post
My wife drives trains hauling coal.
More info! Please, more info!!
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