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Tourists who only go by train and why   Travel by Car/Bus/Trains

Started Sep-9 by Demented Ol Lady Shorty (TOILETHEA1); 58 views.

Meet the U.S. Tourists Who Only Travel by Train

When you hear someone talk about a train ride, they’re most likely talking about it as a means of getting from Point A to Point B. But for many people, a train ride is a vacation in itself.

Today’s railroads can take you to pretty much every corner of the country—from lakes in Louisiana to the mountains in Montana, forgotten towns in the midwest, the Pacific Ocean, and everything else in between—and loyal train travelers tend to love them for the same reasons: the people you meet, the scenery you see, and the ease and convenience with which you can pop out and explore new places. We spoke to four people who plan their vacations around the rail system. They opened up about their love for the rails, what ignited it and what keeps them coming back for more. Here’s what they said.  

Tim Loomis lives in Hawaii, so the first 3,000 miles of any trip has to be by air. But once he makes it to the mainland, it’s all trains from there on out. Throughout the course of his rail travels, which have encompassed over 300,000 miles, Jim has written books on what it’s really like to travel by train and continues to post tips and stories to his blog Trains & Travel.


My love for trains really began when I was a kid growing up in Connecticut. At the time, my grandparents lived in Ft. Myers, Florida, so every couple of years my family would book a train trip and travel all the way down the East Coast from New York to Florida.

I loved it, and as a kid, I found it to be the greatest adventure. At 22, I moved to Hawaii and didn’t have the money to get back to the mainland for several years. In the late ‘90s, when I could finally afford to fly to the West Coast and take some train trips, I convinced my wife and daughter to accompany me on a cross-country train ride to Florida. But when I went to find literature on North American train travel, there was nothing—and I realized this was a big space I could tap into. I’ve been traveling by train ever since.

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