Consummate Traveler

Train Travel: America’s Past, America’s Future

Diesel electric engines pull the Auto Train along at speeds up to 80 miles per hour on some stretches of the rail line. (Copyright © 2016 John Christopher Fine)
Diesel electric engines pull the Auto Train along at speeds up to 80 miles per hour on some stretches of the rail line. (Copyright © 2016 John Christopher Fine)

There was perfect Wi-Fi connection. My computer was open, a cup of savory brewed coffee on the table beside me. America’s heartland was passing by...

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