Five years ago, I did an interview with Greg D about what it was like traveling from Chicago to Los Angels on the Amtrak southwest chief. Actually he and his wife were first-time train travelers going from their home in Indiana to San Diego.
The interview was on another travel website that I no longer operate, so I thought it was time to move it here. (click here to read his Tripadvisor post)
My fascination with his post comes from my love of train travel. As a kid, I traveled a lot by train and fell in love with it. The Southwest Cheif is one of the most historic rail lines in America. It started back with the Santa Fe Railroad and is often cited as the primary early promotor of the Nationa Park Services. With one train ride, you get to see some of the most beautiful and sacred lands we have and helped tell the story of why we needed to protect them as National Parks.
For Greg and his wife, this was sort of like a “bucket list” trip. They never traveled by train like this. The experience of packing up and sitting down for two days of just watching the world go by was a new and wonderful idea. They got to meet some wonderful people and get exposed to some beautiful scenery.
What started out as just a simple update to his friends and family on social media, showing off the sights and the wonders they were experiencing, turned into an almost 2000 worded post on Tripadvisor that has had hundreds if not thousands of hits thus far. This may be a dying form of transportation, but its uniqueness still gets people’s curiosities up!
It is interesting to hear about what his perceptions were versus reality. The cleanliness of the cars, the friendliness of not only the staff but of his fellow travelers. The ability to just relax and let the world literally pass you by.
Have you ever traveled by train?
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