I did not grow up in the golden age of rail travel. That train left the station long before I existed. Yet in the eighties, Amtrak ran a series of commercials that painted travelling on the rails as not just pleasant, but downright patriotic. They were enchanting and are probably a big reason why I am so enamored of trains to this day. Well this and the frequent trains that rumbled through my town.
In the years since this ad campaign, I have taken some pretty amazing train rides, but I have still not done a cross-country trip. One day though, I am going to make that happen.