Archive for December, 2008

Train station facts

The oldest train station still standing in the U.S. is the Shawmont Station in Roxborough, Pennsylvania. It is not longer in use, but it remains the same as it was in 1834. It closed in 1990, although trains still pass by it every day.

Best train stations in the U.S.

These stations have all been ranked among the best by their own passengers.  Some because of their beauty, fame and timeless grace, others because of the modern amenities.  One simply because it has great parking.  For whatever reason, each of these stations is good enough that the passengers who use it rank it one of [...]

Best train scenes in movies

Throughout the history of film, there have been thousands of great train scenes in movies.  This started with the very earliest silent movies when cameras sat still on the ground and simply panned back and forth.  The silent film has been called “the Citizen Kane of train films.”  For those who don’t know the film [...]

Traveling on European trains

Traveling through Europe is a lifelong dream for many Americans. For those of you lucky enough to actually take a European vacation, the mode of transportation within the European continent is an important detail to consider. Unlike the mostly-defunct railways of the United States, European trains crisscross the continent, connecting most capitals and major cities. [...]

Why take a train?

Whether you’re planning a trip to see the family at the holidays or a summer getaway, travel doesn’t have to mean long security lines at the airport and several hours in an undersized seat on an overcrowded flight.  There is an alternative. A train.

The history of passenger trains

It’s hard to imagine now, but in the not too distant past, U.S. travel was limited to horse drawn or horseback travel, boat travel or travel on foot. The introduction of passenger rail travel revolutionized the idea of mobility and opened vast distances for settlement and development.