By Sue MacDonald
March 22, 2001
Take the train? Seats are roomier. Scenery can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace...and no threat of strikes by pilots, mechanics or flight attendants.
If all the talk of airline strikes by pilots and mechanics has you worried, why not take the train?
Granted, travel by rail is not the most popular mode of transportation on American soil. But trains can provide a great vacation alternative or a major source of high-speed pleasure in foreign countries, where they are integral to the transportation networks.
Seats are roomier than airplanes. Scenery can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Get up and walk around, or take a trip to the panoramic observation car.
Amtrak can take you on a leisurely trip from the Midwest to the nation's capitol or on a lengthy cruise through the majestic Canadian Rockies. In Australia, explore the 1,900-mile eastern coastline on the Great South Pacific Express, or snag a 17-country Eurailpass for a summer riding the rails in Europe (and snicker at the airline passengers waiting in long lines for lost baggage as you roll on by).
Here's the lowdown on some of the major sources of information on domestic and international train travel: