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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Mr. Palin, Why Amtrak Does not Work. by tucsonmike on 16 December 2010 11:54pm
Because Mr. P is a train buff, I thought I would throw this in.
I read this recently. The reason why Amtrak and high speed rail have so much trouble in the United States.
Most Americans will never ride on a passenger train. They see taxes for Amtrak as subsidizing rich Northeastern business people.
Re: Mr. Palin, Why Amtrak Does not Work. by mrsteabag on 17 December 2010 6:59pm
BINGBINGBING! The cigar goes to the man in the red suspenders!
I've been on Amtrak. I've been on VIA rail in Canada. VIA is a lot cleaner and more efficient. While Amtrak has its charms, I've also had many trips where the toilet got flooded :P, we were three hours late due to having to share tracks with the other railroads, and really bad coffee! FEH!
Re: Mr. Palin, Why Amtrak Does not Work. by Lounge Trekker on 17 December 2010 8:15pm
I've done some online shopping for railway holidays in North America. I have looked for lines like those in India, the Orient express etc.

The trips I have found appear to attempt to get passsengers to their destination in as short a time as they can. Speed, getting there faster, is not the reason I am looking at train trips.

The run closest to me leaves Seattle and arrives in a California town 32 hours later. That's too fast! After looking some more, I found CP Rail excursions that look like a lot of fun including hotel stays, bus tours, float plane tours and a train ride through the Rocky Mountains between BC and Alberta. All this for $7-8000 CAN plus taxes for 5-6 nights. A little rich for me, and I need to go south where it is warmer.

I travelled from BC to Quebec, about 2500 miles, by rail over four nights as a teenager and I won't forget it. What a great way to travel. I've been looking at this site: http://www.railsnw.com/tours/rcp/tour1.htm#rcp


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