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All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:27 pm

Now I don't know about you guys, but I have always kept a full log of all the flights I've flown for as long as I can remember. I started it when I was about 14 and I have added to it ever since. Well, seeing how I've been going on an increasing number of Amtrak trips over the last few years, I've decided to do one for the trains as well. Some of the routes listed took place so long ago that I didn't have an exact date of travel...but I did them, usually with my grandparents for the runs in the 80's and early 90's.

I have listed the trips in terms of mileage, going from highest to lowest.

On the first line, you'll find the city pair travelled. The next line lists the train number and/or name. Then, you'll see the class of service (ie, equipment) that I was using on the route. The line after that lists the date (or general time frame) which I rode it, and the last line lists the rail mileage between the two cities.

All of info is 100% accurate as far as I know. I'm sure this is quite pointless to some but to me it is a way to bring back some good memories. Enjoy!


EMERYVILLE, CA TO CHICAGO, IL
TRAIN #6, CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR
SUPERLINER SLEEPING CAR
AUGUST 25-28, 2004
2,438 MILES

NEW ORLEANS LA TO LOS ANGELES, CA
TRAIN #1, SUNSET LIMITED
SUPERLINER SLEEPING CAR
NOVEMBER 4-6, 2005
1,995 MILES

WASHINGTON D.C TO NEW ORLEANS, LA
TRAIN #19, CRESCENT
VIEWLINER SLEEPING CAR
DECEMBER 11-12, 2004
1,152 MILES

CHICAGO, IL TO DENVER, CO
TRAIN #5, CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR
SUPERLINER RESERVED COACH
OCTOBER 11-12, 2005
1,038 MILES

NEW ORLEANS, LA TO CHICAGO, IL (ROUNDTRIP)
TRAINS #58/59, CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
SUPERLINER RESERVED COACH / SLEEPING CAR
AUGUST 28-29, 2004 / JANUARY 26-27, 2005 / AUGUST 22-23, 2005 / OCTOBER 10-11, 2005
926 MILES

CHICAGO, IL TO HAMMOND, LA
TRAIN #59, CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
SUPERLINER RESERVED COACH
SEPTEMBER 28-29, 2005
873 MILES

PHILADELPHIA, PA TO CHICAGO, IL
TRAIN #41, THREE RIVERS
AMFLEET 1 BUSINESS CLASS
JANUARY 25-26, 2005
817 MILES

ORLANDO, FL TO NEW ORLEANS, LA
TRAIN #1, SUNSET LIMITED
SUPERLINER RESERVED COACH (ORL-JAX) / SLEEPING CAR (JAX-NOL)
JANUARY 27-28, 2004
769 MILES

NEW ORLEANS, LA TO SAN ANTONIO, TX (ROUNDTRIP)
TRAINS #1 AND 2, SUNSET LIMITED
SUPERLINER RESERVED COACH
AUGUST 18-20, 2003 / FEBURAY 23-24, 2005
572 MILES

NEW ORLEANS, LA TO BIRMINGHAM, AL
TRAIN #20, CRESCENT
AMFLEET 2 RESERVED COACH
JULY 23, 2004
354 MILES

NEW HAVEN, CT TO BURLINGTON-ESSEX JCT.,VT
TRAIN #56, VERMONTER
AMFLEET 1 RESERVED COACH
JANUARY 20, 2000
285 MILES

NEW ORLEANS , LA TO TUSCALOOSA, AL
TRAINS #19/20, CRESCENT
AMFLEET 2 RESERVED COACH
LATE 1990’S
299 MILES

NEW ORLEANS, LA TO MERIDIAN, MS (ROUNDTRIP)
TRAINS #19/20, CFRESCENT
HERITAGE/AMFLEET 2 RESERVED COACH
VARIOUS TIMES IN THE 1980’S AND 1990’S
202 MILES

NEW ORLEANS , LA TO JACKSON, MS (ROUNDTRIP)
TRAINS #58/59, CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
SUPERLINER RESERVED COACH
VARIOUS DATES IN 1997
185 MILES

NEW ORLEANS, LA TO LAFAYETTE, LA
TRAIN #1, SUNSET LIMITED
SUPERLINER RESERVED COACH
APRIL 21, 2004
145 MILES

NEW ORLEANS, LA TO HATTIESBURG, MS
TRAINS #19/20, CRESCENT
HERITAGE RESERVED COACH
LATE 1980’S
117 MILES

PROVIDENCE, RI TO NEW HAVEN, CT
REGIONAL SERVICE
AMFLEET 1 RESERVED COACH
JANUARY 20, 2000
113 MILES

NEW ORLEANS, LA TO MCCOMB, MS
TRAIN #58, CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
HERITAGE RESERVED COACH
EARLY 1990’S
105 MILES

BALTIMORE/BWI AIRPORT,MD TO PHILADELPHIA, PA
REGIONAL SERVICE
AMFLEET 1 UNRESERVED COACH
JANUARY 25, 2005
105 MILES

CHICAGO, IL TO MILWAUKEE AIRPORT,WS (ROUNDTRIP)
HIAWATHA SERVICE
HORIZON UNRESERVED COACH
SEPTEMBER 28, 2005
78 MILES

NEW ORLEANS, LA TO HAMMOND, LA
TRAIN #58, CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
HERITAGE RESERVED COACH (DOME COACH)
EARLY 1990’S
53 MILES

BOSTON,MA TO PROVIDENCE,RI
TRAIN #67, TWILIGHT SHORELINER
AMFLEET 1 RESERVED COACH
SOMETIME IN 1999 OR 2000
43 MILES

LOS ANGELES, CA TO ANAHEIM, CA (ROUNDTRIP)
PACIFIC SURFLINER
UNRESERVED COACH
AUGUST, 2001
32 MILES
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:40 pm

Riding on a train is a much more common way of transportation in Europe. so I never did try to keep track of my train rides, unless it was a lengthy train ride for a vacation:
Hannover (Germany) to Stockholm (Sweden) in 1977 with two ferry passages in between to visit my sister who was au-pair in Stockholm by then.
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:44 pm

.... I can only imagine haveing tried to track all my train rides while I was in Japan.

If I only counted Shin trips it would still be a very long list.

We seriously need a high speed train here in the US.
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:45 pm

Thats quite a list there Steve!!! Riding long-distance trains is something I've always wanted to do more of, but never really could find the time/means/reason to do it...my own list of trips that I can remember is very short...

Philadelphia-Washington-Philadelphia...August 2000 - Amtrak

Derby, England - Edinburgh, Scotland - Derby, England...October 2002 - Virgin Trains

Philadelphia - New York - Philadelphia...July 2005 - Amtrak

I really want to do an overnight train trip the most right now...I think that'd be really fun...

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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:46 pm

I'm trying to do my part to keep the spirit of the homeland alive and well over here by riding the rails. Sometimes it's not the most convenient way to go, or the cheapest, but damn it's fun.
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 1:55 pm

I have only taken Amtrak 3 times and don't really remember them. But when it comes to my train rides up to now, its so hard to list them. I can't give miles but I can give rough info. I am only including travel as a tourist. I have lived in Japan for 5 years and taken so many trains I stopped counting (unless they are very unique).

Spring 1990
Elsinor-Copenhagen
March-May 1993
Paris-Lausanne-Milan
Milan-Florence
Florence-Rome
Rome-Napoli
Napoli-Sorrento-Napoli x 3
Sorrento-Sarno-Sorrento
Sorrento-Napoli-Rome-Nice-Avignon-Montpellier-Agde
Agde-Montpellier-Avignon-Paris
Paris-Chartres-Paris
Paris-Tours
Tours-Bordeaux
Bordeaux-Agde
Agde-Montpellier-Nice-Ventimillia-Milan
Milan-Lago di Como-Milan
Milan-Lausanne-Milan
Milan-Grenoble
Grenoble-Paris

Spring 1994
Paris-Avignon
Avignon-Montpellier-Agde-Montpellier-Avignon

Summer 1994
Hong Kong-Guangzhou
Xian-Beijing
Beijing-Hangzhou
Hangzhou-Shanghai

Fall 1994
Hartford-NYC-Hartford

Summer 1995
Baltimore-NYC-Hartford

Fall 1998
Changsha-Guilin-Changsha

Summer 2000 - Present
All in Japan... over 500 trips by train. But most significant...
Thunderbird
Kanazawa-Kyoto

Shinkansen Railstar
Osaka-Hiroshima

Wideview Hida
Gero-Toyama

Shinkansen 500 series
Nagoya-Okayama x 4

One in the U.S. in 2002
Milwaukee-Chicago
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:01 pm

Amtrak, not done a long trek yet just mostly regional hops around the Chicago region

Springfield, Illinois to Lincoln, Illinois
Rantoul, Illinois to Chicago, Illinois -- numerous
Gilman, Illinois to Champaign, Illinois
Champaign, Illinois to Chicago, Illinois -- numerous
St. Louis, Missouri to Hermann, Missouri -- four times
St. Louis, Missouri to Springfield, Illinois
St. Louis, Missouri to Bloomington, Illinois
Dwight, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri
Centralia, Illinois to Chicago, Illinois
Lafayette, Indiana to Chicago, Illinois
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:06 pm

My list is going to seem real wimpy, MSY.

Besides occassional excursions in Germany (late 60s), I can only list the Santa Fe Super Chief, Chicago-Los Angeles in 1961 (that was a good one, got some nookie from a cute coed in the dome car), and one other distance-sojourn from Atlantic City to Miami. The latter was when I was pretty young, about 1950 I believe, and I can't even recall if it was Florida East Coast or Seaboard Airline Railroad.

One thing, though, I'm seriously considering booking a Snow Train (maybe Vancouver, BC - Jasper, Alberta) to re-experience the rails. Regards...Jack
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:27 pm

Quoting Cptkrell (Reply 7):
that was a good one, got some nookie from a cute coed in the dome car

You lucky, lucky man. I always knew there was something special about those dome cars.
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 2:45 pm

While I certainly can't remember all the Queenstown Road-London Waterloo and Battersea Park-London Victoria runs (and all the other rides around them) from when I lived in London, and dates are not possible on my long distance runs, I can name all the trains I have ridden on for longer distances (or short distance use of long distance trains).

Train 11/14 Coast Starlight
Superliner Roomette
Oxnard, CA-Portland, OR-Oxnard, CA

Train 27/28 Empire Builder
Superliner Roomette
Portland, OR-Detroit Lakes, MN-Portland, OR

Train 4 Southwest Chief
Superliner Roomette
Los Angeles, CA-Topeka, KS

Train 4 Southwest Chief
Superliner Roomette
Topeka, KS-Chicago, IL

Train 30 Capitol Limited
Viewliner Slumbercoach Bedroom
Chicago, IL-Washington D.C.

Train 51 Cardinal
Viewliner First Class Bedroom
Washington, D.C.-Chicago, IL

Train 3 Southwest Chief
Superliner Roomette
Chicago, IL-Topeka, KS

Train 3 Southwest Chief
Superliner Roomette
Topeka, KS-Los Angeles, CA (connection to San Diegan to Oxnard, CA)

Train 11 Coast Starlight
Reserved Coach
Santa Barbara, CA-Oxnard, CA (Northbound was on San Diegan)

Train 11 Coast Starlight
Reserved Coach
Oxnard, CA-Los Angeles, CA (connection to San Diegan to Del Mar, CA, Northbound on San Diegan)

Train ?? Night Owl
Viewliner Bedroom
Boston, MA (South Station)-Washington, D.C.

Regional
Reserved Coach
Washington, D.C.-Philadelphia, PA (30th Street Station)

Metroliner
Reserved Coach
Philadelphia, PA (30th Street Station)-New York, NY (Penn Station)

Regional
Reserved Coach
New York, NY (Penn Station)-Boston, MA (South Station)

Regional
Reserved Coach
Providence, RI-Boston, MA (South Station)

San Diegan
Custom Class and Unreserved Coach
Fullerton, CA-Del Mar, CA
Too many to remember

San Diegan
Custom Class and Unreserved Coach
Del Mar, CA-Fullerton, CA
Too many to remember

San Diegan
Custom Class and Unreserved Coach
Oxnard/Camarillo, CA-Del Mar, CA
Too many to remember

San Diegan
Custom Class and Unreserved Coach
Del Mar, CA-Oxnard/Camarillo, CA
Too many to remember

CalTrain
San Bruno, CA-San Jose, CA (Diridon)

Metrolink
Special Service
Camarillo, CA-Ventura, CA-Camarillo, CA

MARC
Washington, D.C.-BWI Airport Rail Station

MBTA Commuter Rail
Framingham/Worcester Line
Newtonville, MA-Boston, MA (Yawkey Way/Back Bay/South Station)
Every day these days

MBTA Commuter Rail
Attleboro/Stoughton Line
Boston, MA (South Station)-Providence, RI

(selected UK services)

Trenu Arriva Cymru (Arriva Trains Wales)
London Waterloo-Bristol Temple Meads

Wessex Trains
Bristol Temple Meads-Salisbury

South West Trains
Salisbury-London Waterloo

Central Trains
Cambridge-Nuneaton

Virgin Trains
Pendolino
Nuneaton-Crewe

Northern Trains
Crewe-Manchester Airport

Virgin Trains
Voyager
Manchester Piccadilly-Stafford

Virgin Trains
Pendolino
Stafford-London Euston

Heathrow Express (outbound only)/Gatwick Express/Stansted Express

Eurostar
Second Class
London Waterloo-Paris Gare du Nord

Eurostar
Second Class
Paris Gare du Nord-London Waterloo

Eurostar
First Class
London Waterloo-Paris Gare du Nord

Regional Bahn
Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof-Mannheim Hauptbahnhof

Regional Express
FFM Hbf-Mannheim Hbf-FFM Hbf

Inter City Express
FFM Hbf-Hamburg Hbf

InterRegio
Hamburg Hbf-Flensburg

Inter City
Sonderborg-Copenhagen Hbg-Sonderborg

Regional Bahn
Flensburg-Neumunster

Inter City
Neumunster-Koeln Hbf

Thalys
Second Class
Koeln Hbf-Paris Gare du Nord

TGV Mediterranee
2eme Classe
Paris Gare de Lyon-St. Raphael Valescure

TGV Mediterranee
1er Classe
St. Raphael Valescure-Paris Gare de Lyon

EuroCity
Paris Gare de l'Est-Stuttgart Hbf

Inter City Express
Stuttgart Hbf-FFM Hbf

Nachtzug
Wien Suedbahnhof-Venecia Santa Lucia

Nachtzug
Venecia Mestre-Wien Suedbahnhof (the train ride from hell)

Inter City Express
Wien Westbahnhof-Nuernburg Hbf

Inter City
Nuernburg Hbf-FFM Hbf

[Edited 2005-10-26 08:06:34]
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:00 pm

1995-present day, I've done atleast 100-125 roundtrips between San Diego-Orange County/Los Angeles on Amtrak's San Diegan now called Pacific Surfliner. I've done at least 50 r/t's on our Commuter rail system down here in San Diego called the Coaster. I've done about 6 or 7 trips on LA's Metrolink. Since 2001 I've done about 5-7 r/t's on the Bay Area's CalTrain. I've also done a trip on the Coast Starlight in January 2004 from Portland to Albany, OR. I've ridden on Amtrak's Capitol Corridor between Richmond, CA and Emeryville, CA. I've also ridden on Chicago's Metra. That's about it I think... A ton of traveling by train don't ya think?
Regards,
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[Edited 2005-10-26 08:20:27]
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:28 pm

Wow, those are a couple of impressive lists!!!

I've never been on Acela, but in Europe I've been on the following high speed trains.

Thalys (Brussels - Paris)
TGV (Paris - Geneva)
Cisalpino (Geneva - Milan)
Eurostar D'Italia (Milan - Venice)
ICE (Munich - Frankfurt)
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:34 pm

Quoting MSYtristar (Reply 11):
I've never been on Acela, but in Europe I've been on the following high speed trains.

Acela, high speed?  rotfl  rotfl  If only it was. I haven't gotten to do it yet, but I just may have to one of these days.
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 3:39 pm

I forgot about that. It only gets to 150 in parts of RI and CT...maybe MA. Otherwise it's just a glorified Regional Amfleet at double the price.
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:00 pm

I've done most of the long distance Amtrak trains. Apart from the UK (far too many to list), I've done Eurostar 4 times (three times to Paris, once to Brussels, two trips free because of a FUBAR service on Christmas Eve once), Paris to Barcelona, Barcelona to Paris (sleeper), Brussels to Cologne (return - quite scenic), and Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:18 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
Train 11/14 Coast Starlight
Superliner Roomette
Oxnard, CA-Portland, OR-Oxnard, CA

$47.00 RT LAX to SLO. Out of LA, the Santa Suzanna Pass is more scenic than the Grand Canyon. Many,many movie and TV westerns were shot here. Disney patterned "Thunder Mountain" from this area. Then the longest coastal scenic view in No. America comes after Santa Barbara. Dinner in the Dining car and spend the night in San Luis Obispo (partying college town). My fav. weekend jaunt.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
Train 4 Southwest Chief
Superliner Roomette
Topeka, KS-Chicago, IL

Took this recently LAX to CHI. Here is where you realize how bad the track maintenance is. If you don't wedge your body (especially in the upper berth) while sleeping, you'll get thrown. Loved the scenery in NM.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
Train 30 Capitol Limited
Viewliner Slumbercoach Bedroom
Chicago, IL-Washington D.C.

Departs late afternoon so waterfront Lake MI and Erie views are impossible. Track maintenance is better.

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
TGV Mediterranee
1er Classe
St. Raphael Valescure-Paris Gare de Lyon

Lucky duck! My dream. Goddam French have bitchen trains...and planes....and helicopters....and cycles...and.....

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
Regional Bahn
Frankfurt am Main Hauptbahnhof-Mannheim Hauptbahnhof

Rode this one Frankfurt to Munich. Views of the Rhine and countryside are spectacular. Welded rails, clean equipment, ample liters of beer, beauty of a ride. Probably my favorite.

Nice to see some "foamers" on this site!
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:25 pm

So, there's a few here that have nailed the train/plane spotting quinella

Break out the anoraks!!!
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 5:30 pm

I've heard that in Australia, there are 3 rail gauges. One is the same as the US, another the same as in the UK and third a narrow gauge in mountain areas. What a country! I've seen rail fan magazines from Oz......drool!
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 8:42 pm

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 17):
I've heard that in Australia, there are 3 rail gauges. One is the same as the US, another the same as in the UK and third a narrow gauge in mountain areas.

Um... that would be TWO then, since the US and UK use the same gauge (mainline). But all three countries have different gauges for tourist railways, while Oz does have some "proper" narrow gauge railways.

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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:03 pm

Geoffm, Check out this link. It says 3 gauges.

http://www.geocities.com/bdb_throttle8/Australia.html
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 10:47 pm

I take the train every day to go to school. Like some others have mentioned, many people in Europe use trains on a daily basis.

-mornings:
either the S5 Bülach-Zürich HB (= Main Station), S16 or IC Zürich Airport-Zürich HB.

-evenings:
either the S5 or IR Zürich HB-Bülach, S16 or IC Zürich HB-Zürich Airport

Sx = Regional Trains
IC = InterCity
IR = InterRegio

Depending on the time of day I've been able to ride on the ICE2 (one awsome train!!!), Cisalpino and the ICN.
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:06 pm

Apart in Italia but I was to young to remember, I've never took the train elsewhere than France  blush  (Tube doesn't count...)

I've rode on the TGV-mediterrannée, TGV-atlantique, TGV-sud-est (well, all three are basicaly the same !), Corail and Theoz (new "Grandes Lignes" service : not as fast as TGV but very comfortable), and the petit train de la Mure, that was very fun...
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:24 pm

Only twice, excluding commuter and intra-city service:

Amtrak Acela
New York Penn Station - Boston South Station
August 2001

EuroTrain
London Waterloo Station - Paris Gare du Nord
June 2003
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Wed Oct 26, 2005 11:50 pm

Fort Bragg to Willits - California "The Skunk" many times over the years
Shatin to Kowlooon - Hong Kong
Balboa to Colón - Panama
San Diego all the way to Del Mar - Amtrak
Baltimore to Washington
Philly to West Trenton
Tonopah Nevada local - in an ore car when I was 13.
Portola California local - in the cupola of a caboose
Virginia City local - on the V&T
Disneyland and other amusement parks.

Guess I never really saw railroads as a transportation system. I've spent far more time walking the rails than riding them. That is one of my favorite things to do.
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Thu Oct 27, 2005 12:57 am

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 15):
Lucky duck! My dream. Goddam French have bitchen trains...and planes....and helicopters....and cycles...and.....

Yeah, but the cars are hit or miss.
Actually, I was forced into that 1er Classe because the 2eme Classe seats were sold out. It wasn't all that great, just 2x1 seating as opposed to 2x2 and maybe a bit more pitch. Eurostar First, however, is wonderful.

Quoting SlamClick (Reply 23):
San Diego all the way to Del Mar - Amtrak

20 minutes?
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Thu Oct 27, 2005 1:19 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 24):
20 minutes?

Actually took a long time to get home. Lindbergh field to Gillespie Field by Aero Commander, back to the old Santa Fe station by car, Amtrak to Del Mar and hitchhike to Encinitas. The train ride is farther than it looks because it "summits" out near NAS Miramar.
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Thu Oct 27, 2005 1:27 am

Don't remember the dates..but:

Boston-chicago on the lake shore limited
chicago-Houston on the Texas Eagle
Houston-Chicago on the Texas Eagle
Chicago-Boston on the Lake Shore Limited

Boston-chicago on the Lake Shore Limited (3 times)
Chicago-Oakland on the Calif Zephyr and back (3 times)

Denver-Oakland on the San Francisco Zephyr (now extinct) 2 x
Oakland-Denver on the San Francisco Zephyr

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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Thu Oct 27, 2005 1:30 am

Been riding trains since I was born . . . my Father was a railroader . . .

I can remember many trips from SEA-CHI on the Northern Pacific North Coast Limited. And trips on the Louisville & Nashville Lark from CHI-BHM.

Grew up on the White Pass Railroad in Alaska . . . once a Class 1 Railroad, now a tourist railroad between Skagway, Alaska (SGY) and Whitehorse, Yukon (YXY). See www.whitepassrailroad.com. The Alaska Railroad between ANC and FAI is a fantastic trip. See www.akrr.com .

Also trips on Amtrak's Floridian from CHI-MCO back in the day. And of course the trips on the Coast Starlight in more recent years; don't forget the Northeast Corridor - pre "high speed" Acela days.

Trips on the DB, SNCF and British Rail in the 1980s.

Train travel is awesome . . . .
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Thu Oct 27, 2005 1:56 am

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 19):
Geoffm, Check out this link. It says 3 gauges.

Fine, except you originally said...

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 17):
I've heard that in Australia, there are 3 rail gauges. One is the same as the US, another the same as in the UK and third a narrow gauge in mountain areas.

...to which I replied...

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 18):
that would be TWO then, since the US and UK use the same gauge

Hence you are suggesting that the US and the UK have different gauges. They do not. Both use 4'8.5" (or 1432/1435mm). Your statement should have read something like:
"One is the same as the US and the UK; the other two..."

Geoff M.
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:07 am

One of my friends is an engineer for BNSF and works an overnight "road switcher". One night he invited me for a cab ride, this was pre 911. He let me prime the diesel engines and start them (a pair of EMD GP9's) it was spine chilling to stand next to those beasts when they lit off. Then he let me run the engines while he switched us out of the side cut. After picking up about 24 freight cars (he and his conductor), we headed down the main line from La Mirada Ca. to Santa Fe Springs. During the run, I got to engineer the train about 5mi. I was happier that a 5yr old on christmas! Cross that one off my lifelong dream list.
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:18 am

Good train photos site.

http://railpictures.net/


Enjoy
 
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Thu Oct 27, 2005 2:38 am

Quoting Geoffm (Reply 28):
Hence you are suggesting that the US and the UK have different gauges

This is why I prefaced my statement "I heard". Obviously I misunderstood the source and reference to Queensland. Yes there are 3 gauges, however TWO are different than the UK and US. Enough ball busting.
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Thu Oct 27, 2005 3:27 am

I did a few lengthy Amtrak trips back in 1992 when I was on a RTW trip and trying to save money!

1. Los Angeles, CA to Pittsburgh, PA with a brief stopover and change of trains in Chicago, IL.

2. Pittsburgh, PA to Orlando, FL.

3. New Orleans, LA to Salisbury, NC.

4. Salisbury, NC to New York, NY.

After all those trips I was sick to death of the inside of trains. Looking back, I wish I'd flown and saved time instead!

I've also done some other interesting trips such as the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto and back, and a beautiful train ride from Kiruna, Sweden to Narvik, Norway.

But I'm a daily rail commuter now, so trains don't really do it for me!
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Thu Oct 27, 2005 3:42 am

I did most main parts of the Swiss Railway System. Several times inside Germany, eg. From Basel to Frankfurt Airport, Frankfurt Airport to Schaffhausen, Stuttgart to Berlin. Berlin to Mannheim. From Switzerland to France (Montpellier), to Italy (Milano) from Zurich and Lausanne. Took the Train several times from Bangkok (Thailand) to Nong Khai (near Lao Boarder). Took Shinkansen and other trains in Japan. Tokyo - Hakata - Tokyo with several stops between. Several times between Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto/Nagoya. Within India from Madras to Trichy. NYC to D.C. as well.
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Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:07 am

Other than the trains that go around Six Flags Over Georgia, Stone Mountain Park, and a few other amusement parks, my only other train ride was on the Crescent from Gainesville, GA to Birmingham, AL and back. I did this back in August of 1990. I'm thinking about maybe in the next few months doing a day trip to Washington D.C. and one of the legs of the trip between Atlanta and D.C. would be on the Crescent. I'll probably take the Crescent on a Friday night, get up to D.C. Saturday morning, spend the day in D.C. and fly back that night.
 
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RE: All Time Train Ride List

Thu Oct 27, 2005 4:55 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 27):
Train travel is awesome . . . .

Aye
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