Resurrecting an old thread here with a related question: Do you think the nature of our train system draws a more interesting subset of people? Or are people more inherently interesting than we realize, and is it the nature of the trains, specifically the sightseer lounge, that facilitates conversations and brings out people’s interesting stories. Personally, I think it’s a combination of both.
As I’ve mentioned here months ago, I am working on a master’s capstone project about long-distance passenger rail in the United States, looking at it through the lenses of environmental psychology and environmental justice. One of my points is that riding on an Amtrak train connects fellow travelers in a way no other form of travel can.
The *very rough draft* of the project is live at slowspeedrail.com
. All comments/feedback welcome.
Also -- if anyone here is up for a more extended conversation about their experiences aboard LD trains (especially if you’re someone who prefers the speed of Amtrak as it is, and would choose to travel that speed over high-speed rail) let me know, I’d love to chat more for my project