USA Rail Pass

Readers of this blog from its start may have noticed my interest in trains.  In my last months in the UK before moving to the  US I visited old railway museums (The Railway Child) and I have also travelled around India on trains (Baroda).  Now I’m embarking on a grand tour around the southern, western and northern edges of the US and then straight down the (not quite) middle to complete the square on an Amtrak USA Rail Pass.

I will be starting on the Sunset Limited, picking it up in Houston and travelling West to California,

Sunset Limited westbound
Sunset Limited westbound

in LA I will be boarding the Coast Starlight train and travel up to Seattle,

Coast Starlight northbound
Coast Starlight northbound

from Seattle I will take the Empire Builder eastbound to Chicago,

Empire Builder eastbound
Empire Builder eastbound

turning right again at Chicago taking the City of New Orleans south to its namesake,

City of New Orleans southbound
City of New Orleans southbound

where I will re-join the Sunset Limited back to Houston.

You can read about my travels on this journey by clicking the ‘Next’ button at the top of the post.

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