Derailment on Amtrak’s Southwest Chief

(Source: Flikr Creative Commons) I cringe when I read sentences like this: "Amtrak's Southwest Chief was carrying more than 140 people when several rail cars derailed early Monday, moments after an engineer noticed a significant bend in a rail and applied the emergency brakes, authorities said. At least 32 people were hurt, two of them critically." (Source: New York Times) Unfortunately, I was … [Read more...]

Riding the rails

(Source: Flikr Creative Commons) “To the gentleman with the ukulele in the rear sleeper: please report to the dining car.” This isn’t the kind of announcement you hear on an airline, but I heard it on Amtrak last May. I’ve been a fan of trains for as long as I can remember.  From Lunch with Casey and model trains I’ve graduated to Trains magazine and Amtrak, but my passion for the subject … [Read more...]