I'm looking for descriptions of mid-19th-century passenger rail trips. I prefer contemporary accounts, and particularly of travel in the South. I can also use later research, and descriptions of travel anywhere in the country are helpful. [more inside]
I want to take a train journey across the US, from east to west. Which route should I pick? Complication: January. [more inside]
If one reads The Hunt For Red October one comes out of it knowing a lot about how submarines work. Watch Apollo 13 and you learn about mission control and spacecraft. What's the equivalent for the railroads? [more inside]
My wife and I are going to Scotland to see friends and family, and since I always wanted to summit Snowdon I thought I would look into a side trip to Wales. Does this itinerary makes sense? Is there not enough or too much time? Do I need to book train tickets in advance? Finally, is the bus trip a big hassle with luggage? Any advice about Snowdon? [more inside]
What are some good hostels in Tokyo and Kyoto for a solo traveler? [more inside]
Which train ride(s) have you particularly enjoyed? Of any distance and length, anywhere in the world. [more inside]
I've heard (or read) that SEPTA is actively planning to extend service to several towns/regions, but there's nothing about it on the SEPTA website nor on county government sites. [more inside]
Someone I know is pregnant and I'd like to give her a gift. She does a more than hour long rail commute every day and I was hoping to get her something to make this commute easier on her in the coming months. This is the same person who gave me a good pair of headphones when I had a 3.5 hour commute a few years ago and I'd love to give her something that makes her commute better in the same way those headphones made mine better. [more inside]
My family is taking a trip this weekend up on Amtrak from Richmond, VA to New Haven, CT, on the Northeast Regional. My 9-year-old son loves trains, but has never been on Amtrak. How can I make this the Best Trip Ever for him? [more inside]
We are relatively new to Seattle and have some friends who have a five hour layover coming in tomorrow afternoon. We do not have enough room in the car to carry them all, so they (1 father, 2 sons - ages 3 & 5) will jump on the light rail and meet us somewhere. Where would be a good, child-friendly place to meet along the light rail route to hang out for a few hours on what will likely be a rainy afternoon?
During the Civil War era, what kind of signals guided intercity trains traveling at night? [more inside]
Does anyone here currently live in a rail car? If so, we'd love to hear about it and maybe pick your brain. [more inside]
I'll be in Montreal and Longueuil, Quebec, Canada for two weeks. What budget-friendly things should I do there? [more inside]
I’m currently based in Andalucía, Spain, teaching English for the school year, and am planning to visit neighboring France during Christmas vacation. France fascinates me and will be the first country I visit outside of Spain during my time in Europe, but to be honest: I know nothing. I have approximately 13 days to spend in the country, I would like to see Paris and a few other sites in the northwest, and I will probably enter the country on the Mediterranean coast (from Spain) and leave via the Basque Country (to return to Spain). What should I see? [more inside]
Why is N.J. transit rail so bad, so delay-prone? [more inside]
Help me create my ideal snow-tipped Anne of Green Gables PEI (luxury) train vacation. [more inside]
Boston commuter rail double-deckers (bilevel trains). Can anyone confirm which routes and/or times are serviced by double-deckers? Neither the MBTA website nor customer service seems to know. [more inside]
EuroTravelFilter: Help us determine stops, a route, strategies, tips, dangers, etc. for our Summer 2012 Rome-Baltic odyssey, currently in its very early planning stages. What can we hope to achieve in ~2 weeks and $3-4k? [more inside]
(UK railfilter) Why would my train suddenly announce that only tickets with specific reservations were valid? [more inside]
In 1934, could you travel by rail from New York City to Paterson, NJ? What route would you have taken, with which train-lines? If you could not have traveled by rail, would there have been a bus route?
What 2 major European cities - that are relatively close to Thessaloniki, Greece - should I visit for a week? [more inside]
General tips for riding the LA MTA Rail? (Red Line in particular, if you'd like.) [more inside]
Where should I go this weekend in Atlanta, without a car, but with easy access to the rail system? [more inside]
What can I do as a regular citizen to promote passenger train travel in the United States? [more inside]
Does a Carte 12-25 count as a Railplus Jeune? [more inside]
Where should we stay in Barcelona and Munich? And how to buy the train tickets? [more inside]
Looking for opinions on commuting from Greenlake or Beacon Hill to downtown Seattle and downtown Bellevue. [more inside]
How can I best use the OV-Chipkaart on my upcoming trip through the Netherlands? [more inside]
Why are highway exits numbered but rail / subway stops aren't?
This summer I'm taking a trip to Europe that includes taking a train from Krakow to Hamburg (with a connection in Berlin) and then Kiel to Prague (also connecting in Berlin). Just booked the tickets online through bahn.de, but for the first stretch of the trip (Krakow to Berlin) it could not book me a reservation. What do I do now? The train is a Euro City (EC), so I'm pretty sure I need a reservation. Or do I? I'm used to taking Amtrak, so of course I have to plead ignorance on this. Please help a Euro-rail novice!
Looking for good train sim software/railroad creation games... [more inside]
What are these rails which snap into the side of a hard drive and allow it to slide into a bay called? And also, where can I get some more? [more inside]
Triple whammy travel/proposal question. For those of you following my previous questions, I am almost home. I now have the diamond and the ring. I also have the flight to Europe. My questions now are: 1) How do I get from Frankfurt to Paris cheaply during the second week of January? 2) Where in Paris should I propose considering the cold January weather? 3) She knows nothing about the trip. How/when do I tell her about it? [more inside]
InsaneLast-MinuteEuropeanTravelFilter: How to get one procrastinator and three bags from Berlin to France and England. Read on, it's probably crazier than you think! [more inside]
How do I get from Paris to Innsbruck? [more inside]
Rail through central europe: should we book in advance and how? [more inside]
Rail trips across France and Italy. Any recommendations, experiences, sights, travel wisdom for an over 30 couple who like to see the world from their window without too much hassle and in as much comfort as possible? [more inside]
What are the cheapest ways to get from Newark, Delaware, to New York City? [more inside]
What's the best way for a non-driver to get from central/downtown Los Angeles to Ontario Airport on a Tuesday?
What's the best way for a non-driver to get from central/downtown Los Angeles to Ontario Airport on a Tuesday? [more inside]
Can public transit be reinvented to meet America's needs? [more inside]
What is it like working on the railroad in the new millenium? [more inside]
Where do I find sliding rail kits for older Dell PowerEdge 1750, Sun, and HP/Compaq G3/G4 machines? [more inside]
What is the best way to travel throughout Italy? So far we're looking at Venice, Florence, Pisa, Milan, etc. People have been recommending the Italy Rail Passes from here. Is it better to get one of these? Or would it be better to get a ticket at the train station for city to city? Or are there other options that I should know of? [more inside]
Please explain to me step by step how exactly to hang art using picture rails. [more inside]
Where to start looking for rail cargo rates? I need to move about a shipping container worth of stuff from one side of the USA to the other. (DC to Fan Francisco). I have been told several times that rail is the cheapest, but I can't find much information about how to do it.
I'm in somewhat-central New Jersey on business. I just found out that I will be stranded in a hotel all weekend and would much rather get to Manhattan, Atlantic City, anywhere but here (there is literally nothing here, the nearest Wawa is like a five-minute drive). I know the region in general has great train service, but have a couple of questions about it. [more inside]
Wooden fence repair question: I have a wooden round rail fence kind of like this, but with only two horizontal rows. One of the horizontal rails in the middle of the fence needs replacement. Is there some kind of magic trick for this, or do I just cut and hammer and crowbar until it pops in?
I'm thinking of traveling across Canada by rail. I have never been to Canada, ridden on a train, or traveled alone before, so advice requested. Also, Amtrak? [more inside]
Stairs (wood) lead from backyard up to outdoor deck (wood). Dog can run up. Want to install something to keep dog in yard, with stairs remaining usable, without hiring expensive contractor. Thoughts? [more inside]
What is this weird railway fence contraption? There are a series of poles with wire strung between them. It looks sort of like a fence, but the wire is horizontal only. (photos inside) [more inside]
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