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Talk:Rail travel in the United States

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Commuter rail info[edit]

Thanks to the anonymous editor for providing us with the commuter rail info, but I'm not sure that it's useful here. This guide is to provide general information about rail travel in the U.S. and not city specific rail systems. This information would best fit in the respective city/state guides, instead of a generalized US article. -- Andrew Haggard (Sapphire) 14:50, 21 August 2006 (EDT)

I agree. I think there's room here to discuss the existence of commuter rail in the US in general, but the specifics belong in the state/region articles. Maj 16:33, 21 August 2006 (EDT)

Developing the page[edit]

Hello to everyone who has been putting together this page. I meant to contribute much sooner, and only got round to adding a few bits yesterday. I've made the assumption that since most visitors to the USA who want to experience rail travel with use Amtrak, that information about that network should be put more prominently than other (luxury) operators. I'll continue to add a few bits and pieces over the next few days; I would hope that this page becomes an inspiration to those dreaming or planning of a big trip. Any thoughts or comments? -- User:jamesbrownontheroad 07:31, 18 December 2006 (GMT)

Shouldn't useful travel topics like these be nominated for star. Upamanyuwikitravel 05:09, 8 January 2007 (EST)
No, perfect travel topics should be nominated for star. Useful travel topics should be marked {{usable}}. --Evan 10:40, 8 January 2007 (EST)

Um, there's the Alaska Railroad, too. That is a major railroad in the USA because of its location (in Alaska, it happens to be the primary railroad, and it is of a medium-long-distance nature). 01:42, 20 January 2008 (EST)

Amtrak Routes[edit]

I've been wanting to add something to the list of Amtrak routes on Wikitravel. What we have now is really basic. I'd like to see an Amtrak route guide that has more specific information on all the routes (such as all the communities being served by that line, how frequent the trains run, etc.), but for that amount of information it would probably require a seperate article. I'm willing to start writing it, if you guys like the idea. PerryPlanet 03:23, 10 February 2007 (EST)

I'm afraid that would be A) a lot of data, and B) hard to keep current. This sort of detailed, highly changeable information is best left to Amtrak to provide. - Todd VerBeek 14:23, 11 February 2007 (EST)

Tourist Railroads[edit]

Under Passenger Rail Companies, we have a small list of privately owned, tourist railroads. But what's in the list is but a fraction of the dozens of touristic railroads across the country (there definitely seems to be an emphasis on New York State railroads here...).

So...should we have this list in the first place? If so, should we try to list all the touristic railroads in the country? PerryPlanet 11:12, 17 February 2008 (EST)