Steve Grande's Amtrak Travelogues
I think a quick note is needed here for those of you that are reading
my travelogues for the first time. There are two audiences that might
be dissapointed in what they find here. But, there is a third audience
who will find these travelogues a unique source of information about
Amtrak travel unlikely to be found anywhere else.
The first audience that may be dissapointed is railfans. You won't find
much description about the consist, the car numbers, nor other technical
details that a railfan might place into their log of travels on Amtrak.
From time to time I will write down some of the car numbers and names
and a few other technical details when I think of it, but these side notes
fall far short of the information that would be gathered by a true railfan.
My love is for train "travel" and not for trains themselves. Thus, it is
difficult for me to be motivated and remember to gather information that
does not get me personally excited.
The second audience is made up of people looking for a detailed description
of the scenery along the routes and the history of the places through
which I pass. I don't believe in re-inventing the wheel. There are three
excellent books available that give second by second detailed descriptions
of everything you will see along the Amtrak routes.
to see a list of those books now and how to order them. If you want a detailed description of
what you will see along the routes, I strongly suggest you puchase and
bring one or more of those books along with you on your Amtrak travels.
I have also posted many of Amtrak's own Route Guides at
including the more detailed older versions that are now impossible to obtain elsewhere.
Click here to go to
select the route in which you are interested, and then select the
"Route Guide" and "Older Route Guide" options for that route if available.
The third audience who will find these travelogues of interest are those
people that want to learn what they are likely to experience on their
Amtrak travels. I detail the events that transpire during the journey.
I want to make my reader feel as though he himself has taken the trip
and experienced the events along the way. Thus, when the reader takes
that route themself, they will feel like they are the most knowledgable
and experienced passenger on the train! After reading a number of my
travelogues, you will know the customs of Amtrak travel in detail. You
won't need to fear being embarassed by not knowing what to say to whom
and when, nor which staff member to ask for what, or how much to tip to
who. I've already gone through all that embarassment for you!
You will find some of this information covered in the books mentioned
above that describe the Amtrak routes, but they don't go into the
minute by minute experience of events as they transpire while you travel
by train. My descriptions are not all sugar either. I praise Amtrak and
their staff where such praise is deserved. I also critisize where
service is not up to par and improvements are warrented. Your best bet
is to read some of my rail travelogues and judge for yourself.
Another item closely related to the travelogues that you will find at
TrainWeb Travel is the extensive gallery of travel photographs. TrainWeb
is the only place where you will find an extensive number of photographs
of the scenery along the routes, the stations, the trains, and even photos
of the onboard accommodtions! There are over 100,000 such
photographs posted at TrainWeb and that collection continues to grow
rapidly. That is definitely something you can only find at TrainWeb
and are not a duplicate of anyone else's efforts.
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