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Continued: On Amtrak's fast train from D.C. to N.Y.C.

  • Article by: CLAUDE PECK , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 21, 2014 - 1:12 PM

There were the massed buildings of Johns Hopkins University, and later, Philadelphia’s glass-tower skyline.

A surge of Philly riders, their coats throwing off a wintry cold, boarded. Two empty seats near me were taken. Suddenly, a lazy afternoon of window-staring and daydreaming took on a more hectic, hurried tone. We were just 75 minutes from New York.

Even a fast train ride offers glimpses of the landscape, sights more intimate than are possible from the air. Two children hop off a yellow bus. A couple enter the Colonia Elks Lodge in New Jersey.

Seasoned passengers rarely looked outside, preferring the stimulation of their screens and devices. But even with a good book on board, I couldn’t take my eyes off the passing picture show.

We slowed on the approach to Newark and I saw the far-off, sun-catching sides of One World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, a favorite stamping ground of poet and train lover Walt Whitman.

 

Claude Peck • 612-673-7977 • On Twitter: @ClaudePeck

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