Monday, January 26, 2009

Train, train, don't go away

Uh, you get a pillow. And a blanket. Let's see, uh, you also get a drink.
-- Amtrak conductor, explaining the benefits of buying a business class ticket versus a regular coach ticket.

To get from Pittsburgh to New Haven, and then from New Haven to New York, and then from New York to Westfield, New Jersey (whence I got a ride to Washington) and then around New York and Washington, I've been traveling substantially by rail. As it turns out, trains are great.

The Pittsburgh Amtrak station has four trains a day, two routes going each way. It's not the most convenient in terms of schedule but if it's snowy and you're not in a super hurry--and don't mind saving some money over airfare--it's a nice change.

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