C.W. Gusewelle writes about the experience of riding a train from Kansas City to New York (4/5, Local). There are not many families today who have the time away from work or the money to take a long-distance train trip. Oh, it can be done, but not nearly as easily as it could 50 years ago.
He is right that we the people should hold President Obama to his pledge to fund Amtrak so train travel frequency and efficiency are improved.
Gusewelle’s article was timely for me because I just finished a wonderful vacation utilizing Spanish, French and Italian train services. Each train we rode proved to be an added holiday adventure of meeting and getting to know fellow travelers from around the world. Plus my wife, Annie, and I saw sights not available to see from an airplane or a car speeding down an interstate highway.
Our four days on eight trains were comfortable and relaxing, and we didn’t have to stop and wait on freight trains like Amtrak has to do here in the Midwest.
A few more train travel stories like Gusewelle’s might move our state and federal governments to properly fund passenger service expansion.
Charles D. Jones