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Going to the Chapel

Going to the Chapel

The McGinty family rolls deep! What about your family? When nine people needed to get from Austin, Texas, to Chicago for the youngest son's wedding, they hopped on a family adventure aboard the Texas Eagle. The Texas Eagle travels between Los Angeles and Chicago via San Antonio and offers plenty of time to make quality family memories. "What an adventure," ...

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Beauty and Beats on Coast Starlight, Cascades

Beauty and Beats on Coast Starlight, Cascades

Aaron Durand is more than a Twitter guru, he's also a life-long rail fan who recently enjoyed both passions while traveling on our Coast Starlight and Cascades trains. In fact, while friend and fellow photographer Jessica Zollman captured still images on her iPhone, he created this brief but beautiful micro-music video. "A natural byproduct of being a rail fan are tunnels, trestles, and ...

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Random Act of Kindness on Northeast Regional

Random Act of Kindness on Northeast Regional

Stephanie Kaplan, founder of the online community HerCampus, came away from a recent business trip on our Northeast Regional train having seen more than pretty scenery. She also encountered the kindness of a complete stranger ... first hand. "I was doing work calls during my Amtrak train ride, and I looked up to see that another passenger had left this nice ...

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Freedom at Her Fingertips

Freedom at Her Fingertips

Last month, Instagram photographer extraordinaire Jessica Zollman (or @jayzombie) set out on a great Amtrak adventure on the Left Coast. She rode on our Coast Starlight then hopped on the Cascades, learning a thing or two about photographing moving landscapes and even her own ancestry along the way! Jessica served as the Community Evangelist for Instagram for nearly two years and now does ...

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Tiny Tikes Take on the Capitol Limited

Tiny Tikes Take on the Capitol Limited

As a single mom with two kids, Hannah usually has her hands full. But according to her, when she rides from Toledo, Ohio, to Chicago, "Amtrak gives you those extra set of hands you need at times." During their recent journey on the Capitol Limited, they spent time tracking the train's progress on a map, looking out the window, and ...

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Diary of a Downeaster Dash

Diary of a Downeaster Dash

Professional food blogger Fiona from A Boston Food Diary makes a living out of giving her opinion to readers. So naturally when we asked her to tell us about her trip from Boston to Portland, Maine, she was full of details. "It was a stress-free trip," she says. "I got to sit back and just enjoy the ride, rather than ...

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Father and ‘First Mate’ Take to the Rails

Father and ‘First Mate’ Take to the Rails

Marco got to be a kid again when he took his son Noah on an epic cross-country trip on the California Zephyr that stretched from Chicago to California this summer. "You can get off for a breath of fresh air on the 33 stops along the 52-hour journey, or you can get off and explore and get back on the ...

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All Aboard the (Crowd Funded) Love Train

All Aboard the (Crowd Funded) Love Train

Next month London-based newlyweds Mike and Becca are setting off on a true adventure. More than a lifetime of marital bliss lies before them. Instead, it's about 3,000 miles of rail that they have to look forward to. "We plan to take in the sights of New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and San Francisco," Becca says. Their love ...

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First Time For Everything

First Time For Everything

Amtrak doesn't just move trains, we move people--connecting family and friends across our more than 500 destinations. Alexis who’s taking the train from Oklahoma City to visit her grandma in Shreveport, La., is a first time rider. She says, “the train is a great way to see what you’re traveling through.”   Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans ...

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At the Heart of Their Town

At the Heart of Their Town

Brickhouse Bar & Grill, just steps from the Meridian, Miss., Amtrak station, is a lively establishment where the food is good and the beer is cold. Jonathan and his daughter Rayleigh moved from Montana to reopen the 1950s bar in downtown Meridian that had been closed for years. There's even a disco ball!   Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the photographer ...

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31.6 Million Riders Makes Our Best Year Ever!

31.6 Million Riders Makes Our Best Year Ever!

Gracias, Merci, Ngiyabonga! No matter how you say it, we owe a big "thank you" to our 31.6 million riders. You helped Amtrak achieve a record year. Now it's time for us to show our gratitude with some free travel! In 2013, you rode from small towns to big cities, from economic centers to National Parks, and, of course, home to ...

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Train of Hope

Train of Hope

Rev. Fr. Robert C. has a tradition of train travel, having ridden trains since he was 23 years old. “The treatment you get on the train is great,” he says. “Everyone is so helpful … they seat you, they don’t rush you. They’re just there for you.” This trip has him traveling nearly the entire length of the East Coast, ...

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Family Time

Family Time

Allen and Ernestine didn’t have to travel too far for their vacation. The pair is headed home after a family reunion in Georgia. How did they get to their loved ones this year? The train, of course! Our Crescent took them to the gathering which was full of family fun, camaraderie and new memories.   Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the ...

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Love & Basketball

Love & Basketball

It's all fun and games for the Sessoms family who took the Capital Limited from Baltimore to watch their daughter play in a basketball tournament. All games aside, Chicago is one of the country's busiest stations, serving more than 3 million travelers in fiscal year 2012.  In fact, the state of Illinois has 56 trains every day running through the state.   ...

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Working on the Railroad

Working on the Railroad

More than 20,000 Amtrak employees make up America’s Railroad. From the far corners of the country, they’re dedicated to an operation that runs 24 hours, 365 days a year. Locomotive engineer Dino, who has worked for the company since 1986, is one of them. He’s based in Chicago, where the majority of the company’s long-distance trains, including the Southwest Chief, ...

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