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Amtrak Enjoys Their Best Month Ever (So Can We Get More High-Speed Trains Now?)

August 20, 2013 at 7:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

We didn’t take a ride aboard Amtrak last month, but we might have been the only ones. Apparently the nation’s favorite train had a nice hefty boost in ridership last month, so they must be doing something right.

It seems that Amtrak often gets a bad rap regarding what it does wrong and never what it does right. However, in July the numbers seem to speak for themselves. The train beat its own best records, as Amtrak announced that more passengers took a trip in July than during any other month in the company’s history. In case you’re interested in the numbers, it sounds look almost a cool three million—2.9 to be specific—rode the rails during July of 2013.

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Travel Contest Alert: Take a Delta Plane to a Japanese Train

Where: Japan
August 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's hump day and, thus, time for a little extra motivation for the rest of the week. Dreaming about a trip around Japan should do the trick, and luckily National Geographic just launched a contest to not only fly one person and a guest to Japan on Delta, but also to send them out on a Japan Rail trip with a train pass.

There's no essay or video required to enter, just your details. Click here to enter.

Grand prize is the trip for two, which includes airfare, train tickets, hotels in both Tokyo and Kyoto, and a city tour of Tokyo. Good luck!

[Photo: megawheel360]

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The UK's Orient-Express Train is Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express for a Limited Time

July 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios Orlando may be working on building a full-scale Hogwarts Express train, but little do they know one already exists.

Over in the UK, the famously opulent Orient-Express "Northern Belle" train attempts to recreate the Hogwarts Express experience on special kid-friendly departures that include more than just a choo-choo ride; the train actually transports its passengers to and from Hogwarts or, well, the Harry Potter Studio Tour experience outside London, where the movies were filmed.

Curious to see what exactly goes down in the Studio Tour? What a coincidence! We recently visited it ourselves.

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Is This the Most Photographed Abandoned Building in Detroit?

July 24, 2013 at 4:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been called "the face of American ruin porn" and an average nice weather day sees scores of cars driving by solely for a photograph. Serious shooters set up tripods in the weeds, and a meal at Slows BBQ is often followed by a stroll over to stare. Though Detroit's Michigan Central Station turns 100 this year, the last train departed in 1988, at which time the 18-story structure began its rapid decline from proud landmark to toothless sideshow attraction. The carcass of crumbling stone now draws curious gawkers like gnats, a form of architectural thanatourism.

Even the New York Times called Detroit "the world capital of of staring at abandoned old buildings" and, of the station, said: "It’s hard not to think of it as an epic-scale disaster that seems engineered to illustrate man’s folly — as if the Titanic, after sinking, had washed ashore and been beached as a warning."

Harsh!

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New York's Subway Stops May Go to the Highest Bidder

July 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

As far as we’re concerned it’s never too early to start your holiday shopping list, and if you’re looking to get something for us—thanks in advance—we have a great idea. It looks like the Metropolitan Transportation Authority over in New York City is thinking about adding some sponsorship deals to their subway stations. So if you’ve got a little extra cash, we certainly would appreciate our very own Jaunted subway stop.

Basically advertisers can throw in some cash, and they can name a stop after a company. It sounds like nothing is happening immediately, so don’t expect Times Square presented by American Express anytime soon. However, the public transportation people have outlined some rules and regulations, and they are meeting to chat about the possibility of adding some ads to boost their revenue.

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A Tour de France to Remember: Traveling on the TGV

Where: France
July 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the world's most popular cycle race has kicked off, 3-week-long the Tour de France is inspiring us to think back on our own travels throughout France. From soaking up the sun in St. Tropez to finding the best pan au chocolat on the streets of Paris, we're taking our own Tour de France, Jaunted-style.

France has one of the most extensive rail systems in the world, let alone Europe, and you can take your pick from high-speed or commuter-speed and budget or luxury. The TGV or Train à Grande Vitesse, literally translated to high-speed train, zips all around the country with top speeds of up to 200 mph, giving a great option to travelers who want to see another side to France but might be short on time.

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Bullet Trains Just Aren't Fast Enough for Japan

Where: Japan
June 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

High-speed trains now run the tracks on several continents as passengers eagerly board the sleek cars to zip from here to there in just hours—or minutes. Now it looks like japan is taking the idea of high speed rail to the next level, as they’ve just completed the first tests of trains that break 300mph.

The country's bullet trains have been doing their thing for many years now, but it’s time for an upgrade. New L0 Series trains are taking things to the next level as they’re removing traditional constructs—like wheels—in favor of magnetic levitation technologies. The Central Japan Railway Company is behind the new designs and new speeds, as they hope to slash current train timelines by more than half, even those of the current bullet trains.

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The Summer Europe Deals Kick Off with 20% Off Eurostar Tickets

June 4, 2013 at 3:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Right this very moment thousands of Americans are packing for a trip to Europe, while still thousands more click "book it" on ticket purchases for summer vacations across the Atlantic. You know what that means? Peak season!

If you're among those numbers and your flights bring you into London, Paris or Brussels, Rail Europe has a deal for you to save 20% on train tickets for the high-speed Eurostar. The sale, which lasts until June 25, focuses on Standard Premier seats starting from $168 per person.

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The Only Thing Going Faster on Amtrak is the WiFi

May 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Riding the US rails just got a little bit better, as Amtrak is reaching into their pockets to pay for a little bit of a technology upgrade.

Travelers must be enjoying the WiFi and other in-train offerings, so the decision has been made to boost the connection options and speeds in hopes of attracting even more in-train WiFi fans.

Amtrak leans on cellular carriers to grab their WiFi signal, so we’re sure there will still be some dead spots or other areas where things aren’t ideal. Still, we can’t really complain given the price—WiFi is free aboard Amtrak.

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Philly's 30th Street Station Spruces Up For National Train Day

May 9, 2013 at 4:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're going to be in Philly this weekend and are looking for something fun to take the kids to (or you just happen to really love train stations), then here's something to add to the ol' itinerary. 30th Street Station, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of 200 stations celebrating National Train Day this Saturday May 11th.

The theme of this year's event, which will be taking place simultaneously in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington DC (just to name a few), is "trains matter." Well, duh. We could've told you that!

Still, the event offers Amtrak an opportunity to bask in its own glory for a brief moment, and celebrate the 31.2 million passengers who used the national rail service in 2012.

Last year, Philly's 30th Street Station hosted a day-long event with model train displays, giveaways, and culinary demonstrations of meals served in Amtrak dining cars—so you can expect much of the same this year. Additionally, the station will be offering tours of private luxury railcars, in case you've never been in one of those before.

Regardless, 30th Street Station is a must-see train station, and one of our favorites that we've traveled through. Not only is it the second most active station in the entire US, its gorgeous main terminal is on par with that of Grand Central, in terms of soaring ceilings, giant windows, and the pleasant hum of commuters shuffling by all day long. There's even a KAWS statue at one end of the terminal!

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London to Paris by Eurostar: Onboard the Train

April 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (2)

Come 2015, it will be 20 years since Eurostar started services through the Channel Tunnel between London and Paris and Brussels. This week, we're having a look at what the rail link is like today.

We’ve told you what to expect at both London St. Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord stations, so now it’s time to talk train.

London to Paris is a journey of about two and a half hours, of which you’ll spend 20-25 minutes in the Channel Tunnel. Traveling on Eurostar, you have a choice of three classes of service: Standard, Standard Premier, and Business Premier. We’ve traveled in all of them on various occasions, and sampled both Business Premier and Standard Premier on this trip.

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London to Paris by Eurostar: Inside the Stations and Lounges

April 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Come 2015, it will be 20 years since Eurostar started services through the Channel Tunnel between London and Paris and Brussels. This week, we're having a look at what the rail link is like today.

If you've never experienced zooming along at 200 mph while watching the landscape zip by, a high-speed train journey is really something you should try and fit into any European trip (or elsewhere) if you can. It's more than a bucketlist experience; sometimes it's just the best way to get where you're going.

Last week, we hopped on the Eurostar on its most popular route between London's St. Pancras and Paris Gare du Nord train stations, and here's what happened...

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