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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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Not all Wanderers Are Lost

Not all Wanderers Are Lost

Think you have a sense of adventure? Isaac has been traveling for a whole year by train. Originally from Ohio, he is crisscrossing the nation with a few travel essentials, a durable backpack, comfy shoes and a cowboy hat. For this trip, he's heading all the way to Philadelphia after visiting a Navy buddy in San Diego, Calif.   Amtrak ...

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Graduate Going Home

Graduate Going Home

Some travel for business, others travel for fun, Jonathan traveled for family. Fresh from completing a semester abroad in London, this recent graduate has been away from home for a very long time. His excitement to see his family was visible as he passed through Chicago Union Station. Next stop: home.   Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans ...

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Books with Heart

Books with Heart

Across the street from the Amtrak station in Hattiesburg, Miss., you’ll find Main Street Books, a quaint bookstore with a lot of heart. Owned by Mr. Shepherd, the bookstore has its own four legged book enthusiast. Patch, Mr. Shepherd’s blind book-loving cat will help book lovers find their next read. Just ask Mr.Shepherd, “Want Patch to pick out a book? ...

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From the Empire State to the Golden State

From the Empire State to the Golden State

Sisters Selway, Raphael, Jognes and Marie began their journey in New York aboard our Lake Shore Limited but will end their cross-country trip  in California. The Sisters are headed west to teach religious classes. But before the schooling begins, they'll  enjoy the scenic views that accompany every Amtrak long-distance train ride. From their perspective outside of the views, the best part ...

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