Ah, the romance of the rails. I still bear vivid memories of my family’s post-Christmas train ride to New York City when I was an adolescent. I listened to my non-Apple mp3 player and watched, wide-eyed, the people and places passing by. Last year, I hopped commuter train after commuter train trying to bridge the unwieldy path of public transit from Baltimore to Washington, D.C. Today, my social media feeds are overrun with my writerly friends pining for a free Amtrak ticket and a quiet place to work. All aboard, indeed.

1. “Small Towns in Southwest Fear Loss of Cherished Train Line.” (Dan Frosch, New York Times, Feb. 2014)

The Southwest Chief train line is a historic fixture in small-towns in New Mexico, and its absence might bring about their demise.

2. “Train in Vain.” (Evan Kindley, n+1, March 2014)

A reality check for the writers salivating over the possibility of Amtrak’s writer residency.

3. “Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany’s Building Debacles.” (Der Spiegel, June 2013)

Billions of euros, year-long delays in construction — just what is going on in Stuttgart’s train station?

4. “How to Spend 47 Hours on a Train and Not Go Crazy.” (Nathaniel Rich, New York Times Magazine, Feb. 2013)

Why do people choose to travel cross-country via train? Meet the passengers of the Sunset Limited.


Photo: Feliciano Guimarães

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