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Hanoi Removing Cafes from Narrow “Train Street” Due to Safety Concerns

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/10/2019, 2:00 PM

What magical tourist attraction is Instagram ruining this week? The photogenic "train street" in Hanoi, where a single-track railway squeezes between makeshift cafes and other buildings in the Old Quarter of the Vietnamese capital. Local authorities have ordered those cafes lining the tracks to close by Saturday, according to VnExpress, following a close call last weekend. The train's ope...

Amtrak Introducing New Nonstop Rail Service Between NYC and DC

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/26/2019, 12:00 AM

Starting on September 23, Amtrak is offering direct rail service between New York City and Washington, D.C., aboard its sleek and speedy Acela trains. That trip currently takes about 3 hours and requires five intermediate stops in Newark, New Jersey; Philadelphia; Wilmington, Delaware; and Baltimore.  The nonstop journey, on the other hand, will shuttle you between Amtrak's two busiest hubs—New ...

Unknown to Most Americans, Florida Now Has a Speedy Railway, Writes Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/17/2019, 9:00 AM

When the current governor of California recently announced that he was discontinuing work on a high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and San Francisco, multitudes of train enthusiasts all but wept.   How, they cried, could a poor country like Spain operate high-speed trains between Madrid and Barcelona, while wealthy California could not find the same resources in America? The god of trai...

India Is Getting an Underwater Bullet Train

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/28/2017, 5:00 AM

A few years from now, a high-speed bullet train will be zipping along the rails in India—and here's the really cool part: It will go underwater. Part of India's efforts to modernize its railway network, the train is planned for service between the cities of Mumbai and Ahmedabad; along the way, it would pass through a 13-mile undersea tunnel connecting Thane and Virar. At the moment, th...

New, Lower Train Fare Between UK and Continental Europe for Eurail Pass Holders

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/05/2017, 5:00 AM

Britain isn't always keen on linking up with the rest of Europe, but here's a rare exception that could benefit budget-conscious travelers.  Eurostar, which offers high-speed passenger service between the UK and the European continent via the Channel Tunnel, has been added to Eurail, a network connecting 28 different member countries, each of them accessible with one of Eurail's passes. ...

Amtrak Vacations Introduces New Trip Packages

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/10/2016, 5:00 AM

Amtrak Vacations has announced 25 new rail-based vacation packages, bringing the grand total of its itineraries to about 350. The packages can be purchased in a bundle or customized to get you to scores of locations in the 46 states where Amtrak operates. The marquee offering of the new additions is called Grand National Parks. It's a round-trip journey between Chicago and three of the...

How You Book Rail Is About to Change

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/04/2016, 4:15 PM

Train travel is a $300 billion market. Globally, more than twice as much was invested in high speed rail as it was in air transportation last year. And that’s how it should be. The world’s roads can’t keep up with population swells that are swamping them with cars. Our climate, too, needs some TLC, and rail is an infinitely greener mode of transportation than any other (with the exception...

New Amtrak Locomotives Responsible for Reduction in Delays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2016, 12:15 PM

We've been saying it for years: Amtrak service will remain disappointing until it receives the necessary funding. That seems so obvious it hardly needs defending, but just in case you still need convincing, here's a news item that makes the same case: Back in 2013, Amtrak received a $466 million federal loan to build 70 new, technologically advanced locomotives to replace the rickety m...

Free Amtrak Train Travel for Writers Through New Program

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/24/2014, 3:00 PM

Last year, Canada's Via Rail kicked off a program to grant free trips to singers and musicians in exchange for on-board performances. Now America's rail system, Amtrak, has started granting on-board residencies to writers who want to create work during long-distance trips. So far, the idea is happening loosely. There's no way yet to fill out an application form, per se. Instead, writers ar...

A Quick Round of Tips for Travelers Stranded by the Polar Vortex (Or In Any Weather-Related Delay)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/07/2014, 3:45 PM

Its ugly at the airports of America this week with tens of thousands of travelers stranded. If you're one of them, or are scheduled to travel later today or tomorrow,  here are some tips: -Keep checking your airline's website; it will be near impossible to get through be phone in many cases. And many airlines are now allowing passengers to check where the plane is coming from, so clic...

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