The Element of Surprise

Couple in ChicagoSome of our more than 31 million passengers plan their trips for months. Others plan for mere moments. Nicholas and Alyssa plan to keep their trip a secret, because they’re surprising her sister at her wedding. Shhh — don’t let the cat (or service dog) out of the bag.


Amtrak challenged Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind Humans of New York, to leave New York and capture #AmtrakStories from across the country. For 31 days, we’ll share one new portrait and story each day on our blog in celebration of the customers who ride America’s Railroad.