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Sip coffee, chat with friends or listen to music when you ride Amtrak to Charlotte, NC!

Sip coffee, chat with friends or listen to music when you ride Amtrak to Charlotte, NC!

amtrak posters | Painting and poster by J. Craig Thorpe, used by permission.

amtrak posters | Painting and poster by J. Craig Thorpe, used by permission.

Nifty Abandoned Train Car Graveyards. Where do obsolete trains go when they die? Many end up in railroad graveyards where these former station-stopping locomotives stay stopped and stationary.

Nifty Abandoned Train Car Graveyards. Where do obsolete trains go when they die? Many end up in railroad graveyards where these former station-stopping locomotives stay stopped and stationary.

This North Carolina train is called the City of Asheville. It runs between Charlotte and Raleigh.

This North Carolina train is called the City of Asheville. It runs between Charlotte and Raleigh.

amtrak poster art | ... Inspiration: Glacier National Park And The Art Of The Empire Builder

amtrak poster art | ... Inspiration: Glacier National Park And The Art Of The Empire Builder

Amtrak sleeper room.   The one Matt and I took to FL.

Amtrak sleeper room. The one Matt and I took to FL.

So happy to not be getting on a plane for biz travel!  Great Hall, Amtrak Union Station, Chicago by Wigwam Jones, via Flickr.

So happy to not be getting on a plane for biz travel! Great Hall, Amtrak Union Station, Chicago by Wigwam Jones, via Flickr.

The wreck of the Plassey, Aran Island, Ireland; seen in the beginning of each "Father Ted" episode!

The wreck of the Plassey, Aran Island, Ireland; seen in the beginning of each "Father Ted" episode!

Amtrak station: Kalamazoo, MI

Amtrak station: Kalamazoo, MI

I love the sound of train whistles searing through the blackness of the pre-dawn quietness. A sound I long for.  Amtrak Chicago. Oh, how many times I've come and gone from K-Zooo.

I love the sound of train whistles searing through the blackness of the pre-dawn quietness. A sound I long for. Amtrak Chicago. Oh, how many times I've come and gone from K-Zooo.