Having drooled over the possibilities presented by Via Rail in Canada, I naturally then looked south towards the USA.
I have long held the idea of taking a train from New York to Montreal and now know that this route is known as the Adirondack.
Eleven hours on the train, some stunning scenery and a restaurant car. Absolute bliss!
But why stop there, why not west to San Francisco via Chicago or south to New Orleans or Florida?
Amtrak’s stated vision is “Delivering intercity transportation with superior safety, customer service and financial excellence.”
So what does this mean to the man on the seat? $2.45bn will be invested in high speed rail links including high-speed trains between Washington DC and Boston.
The new trains, which Amtrak expects to begin running in 2021, will have initial speeds of up to 160mph, but will be capable of speeds up to 186mph.