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Train Travel: Gaining Some Momentum

In these days when people sit at dinner tables ignoring their companions to respond to e-mails on their Blackberries or iPhones, it’s refreshing to know that Amtrak does not have WiFi yet except in New York City. And that just occurred last month. So, there’s still some place where you can travel in the United States without being connected.

For some of us, it’s great to know that trains haven’t changed that much in the last 100 years. Of course, we have changed a lot, which is why traveling by Amtrak has been a languishing afterthought in an age that values speed and instant grantification. Most of the cities and towns that trains used to go through, no longer have long-distance trains rumbling through. And losing train routes has helped to push some towns like Phelps, Wis., to the brink of extinction.

But lately, I have gotten the sense that some people are valuing train travel again. For example, two years ago, I took a train from Chicago to Portage, Wis., where my husband picked me up in a car to go the rest of the distance to our cabin on Lac Vieux Desert in Phelps. That stop was the closest to our cabin now instead of all the way to Phelps.

What struck me on the journey though was the enthusiasm of the passengers young, old and middle-aged. They were actually excited to be onboard. I cannot say that about passengers that I travel with on planes anymore.

With the consistent rise in gas prices, I hope trains do make a comeback. They add a touch of a time when civilization was more civilized.

Mar. 18, 2010