Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Waiting for Amtrak Train at Penn Station

I got back from Boston yesterday afternoon. While in Boston, I ate a fair share of lobsters, clams, scallops and shrimp. I also have a new favorite dessert: Boston Cream Pie, which is more of a cake than a pie.

This photo was taken inside Penn (Pennsylvania) Station in Manhattan on Friday afternoon when I was waiting for my Amtrak train to Boston. The trip (on the high speed Acela train) took 3 hours 30 minutes and it was very comfortable, with plenty of leg room and personal space to relax and enjoy the journey. I have to admit, I love traveling by train. It's so much more civilized than what we called, "air travel" today.

So do you prefer to travel by plane, train or car?

25 comments:

George said...

I like planes and cars and have never been on a train other than the subway. I hear the Acela is nice.

Railroads in this country would be an excellent means of travelling around or across the country but it has never received the proper amount of federal funding, notably with opposition from people like John McCain.

Penn Station is a dump. They should have kept the old station. Why didn't you try Boltbus, a bus with internet access?

Olivier said...

je préfère prendre le train. Il y avait la foule dans la gare.

I prefer to take the train. There were the crowds at the station.

Jilly said...

I must remember never to click on your blog in the middle of the morning. Now I'm hungry and thinking of lobsters...

I love trains. The sound of them, that you can sit and read and see the scenery - no problems with traffic and worrying about driving and no hassles at airports. Trains rule!

Per Stromsjo said...

Trains, as far as I'm concerned, for environmental and all sorts of reasons. Air travel isn't really travel at all, it's just hopping above the clouds and suddenly being somewhere else. More like Star Trek, "beam me down".

Paz said...

Oh my, that's a lot of people! I think I like traveling by car first, train second...

Boston creme pie, huh? ;-)

Paz

Virginia said...

Ming we are so glad to have you back in the fold with us. As a little girl, I have fond memories riding the train to Arkansas to visit my grandparents. My mom and I even got to sleep in a berth!

anne mancine said...

I took Amtrak from Cleveland to Chicago and back last month. Unfortunately, it was not high-speed, and I don't know if I will do it again, as the delays were terrible.

teahouse said...

The Acela is indeed very nice. But Penn Station I could do without! I hate how the tracks are posted 5 minutes before departure time, and everyone surges toward the one narrow entrance to the platform.

Changes in the wind said...

In this area, train travel is quite expensive as is more of a commodity than a real choice of travel. Would love to experience it more.

Knoxville Girl said...

I like to travel any way possible! I've had great experiences with train travel. I used to love flying, but not anymore, it's become a hideous ordeal. I also love ferries - in Seattle and on the Staten Island Ferry - great way to see the sights inexpensively.
Glad you had a good trip to Boston, welcome back.

ken mac said...

The Acela to Beantown is the only way to fly!

valeria said...

I took a plane today to London. Then a train, then a cab. My favourite today was the London taxi, a typical CAB! I could get in with my daughter IN the stroller! It was so HUGE! What I didn't like about the plane was the miles we had to walk to get from the plane to the exit, and it was ONLY Gatwick!

valeria said...

I took a plane today to London. Then a train, then a cab. My favourite today was the London taxi, a typical CAB! I could get in with my daughter IN the stroller! It was so HUGE! What I didn't like about the plane was the miles we had to walk to get from the plane to the exit, and it was ONLY Gatwick!

USelaine said...

Like Knoxville Girl, I used to love flying. I also used to love road trips in a car. The train travel I've done was splendid, but with all of them these days, companies are less competent, and fellow travellers are less courteous. Infrastructure is neglected to pay for war instead. Right, I'll stop now.

marley said...

You can really fell the hustle and bustle of the station in this photo. Nice job.

I like train travel but you can never get a seat in the UK, even if you book. I like planes as it means you are going somewhere far from home and that is exciting. But the best way to travel is by car, as I'm in control and if I'm late its my fault!

L.Shaw said...

I took the Amtrak to Boston when Jenn was living there and loved it.... watched a DVD on my laptop and took nap.

I'll take train over plane anytime.

thwany said...

i love going places, but i hate the actual traveling part.

and acela train, huh? i see someone's too good for the fung wah bus...

Chuck Pefley said...

I like the train, though do get a little frustrated seeing the scenery pass by so quickly with no chance to stop and look more closely ... maybe even make a photo. I took Amtrak from Seattle to Penn Station in October 2001. Cost a bit more, but avoided all the crazy airport security nonsense going on at that point. I must say I ate too well, as meals are included in the sleeper fare. Stayed in an apartment a couple blocks from Penn Station on that trip.

tigerfish said...

Just read the NY Times today about plunging prices of lobsters :)

I do not mind taking the train if it is overall convenient. Car if I want total control. Plane - maybe just for speed or is it not? :P

Kitty said...

my gripe is that train travel (esp Amtrak) is so darned expensive these days. I dunno how a family could afford it.

most people take the bus to Boston. I don't blame em!

Jun said...

SHOW ME THE CREAM PIE!!! *roar*

• Eliane • said...

Great pic, Ming! You captured the buzz of a travel day beautifully.
I like the train too. But let's be honest: I take it occasionally, which is pleasant. And Amtrak to Boston is very comfortable indeed. I am so glad I don't have to commute with the train! Have you ever taken a NJ Transit train on a weekday? Or MetroNorth for that matter. So depressing.

Chris said...

I'll take the chowder!

I love to travel by plane, although I hate to travel by plane. . .I don't like not having control of the wheel, if you get my drift!

Are you back in school?

Gecko said...

Woah, that's A LOT of people! I probably wouldn't be able to handle that many people, I'd have to go outside!!

I've never been in a plane, only travelled by train a few times in my life, so I'd have to say car! Then you can go off the beaten track!

Todd HellsKitchen said...

Yup... that pretty well sums it all up!