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Going cheaply

"Going cheaply" Continued...

Issue: "Broken beyond repair?," Sept. 25, 2010

My train was frigid. Smart travelers bring blankets, socks, and sweaters. I was well-supplied with food, but next time (if there is a next time) I will bring sanitary wipes, gum, and a blanket. The train car was equipped with two bathrooms, but on both legs of the trip one of the bathrooms was out of order.

We arrived in Chicago an hour late, which wasn't bad since Amtrak shares the rail lines with freight trains, and the freight trains have priority. Coming out of Chicago, we got behind a freight train and lost an hour going to Detroit. Long-distance Amtrak is not for those who have to get somewhere fast, but for those with time and an inclination to chat with strangers, the train can be a pleasant adventure.

Susan Olasky
Susan Olasky

Susan pens book reviews and other articles for WORLD as a senior writer and has authored eight historical novels for children. Susan and her husband Marvin live in Asheville, N.C. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanolasky.


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