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This blog has moved

This blog has a new web address at I hope to see you there.


Side effects of riding the train

My mother’s uncle became a dairy farmer after seeing dairy cows out the window on the train from New York to New Haven early last century. He then convinced my grandfather (his sister’s husband) to switch from raising chickens to raising dairy cows.

(This train, now called the Northeast Regional, still runs from New York to Boston.)

National Association of Railway Passengers

Curious about how you can support rail in the US.  The National Association of Railway Passengers is a great source of information. They also offer ways to take action with other people.

Here is a short video that the NARP posted on youtube to inform people about the benefits of rail.

I especially like the information about the difference between the carbon emissions produced by cars, airplanes, and trains.

Hello world!

This is going to be a blog about traveling by train in the US.  I find that there is a lot of information about being on the train, but not a lot of information about what you are likely to find when you get off the train.  Therefore this blog is going to focus on practical information such as the availability of hotels near train stations and what you are likely to see when you get off the train.

The information in this blog is based on trips taken in the western part of the US during 2007 and 2008.  Hopefully, the blog will eventually cover all the US and expand into Canada and Mexico.  This blog is going to start with Amtrak, but will also give information about other, smaller rail systems.

For information about traveling by rail in Korea and other Asian countries, please visit my Asian Trains blog.