I like train travel so much that I even look forward to the train aspect of a trip to visit my daughter who is about an hour or so away by rail depending on the Amtrak/CT Rail connection with Metro North. It beats battling traffic.I find that much of the excitement of a trip is the planning and anticipation. I have gotten guide books, city maps, and even a train route map. I have my own local web page that shows a countdown. What do you do in advance?