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Amtrak's Hiawatha at the Sturtevant, WI

500 Amtrak Trains

According to my records, I am on my 500th Amtrak train. Not every train ride has been fantastic; I have to deal with rude passengers; once a bomb threat on a train, we hit someone and had someone pass away while on the train.

But on the whole, I have loved my trips, and I do not regret taking them.

My Travels

This train was the 500th Amtrak train I was on. Train 301, the Lincoln Service.

The train that I have been on the most is the Hiawatha, the long-distance train I have been on the most would be the Southwest Chief, and the only long-distance train I have ridden from start to finish every year since I started is the Capitol Limited.

I have ridden most of the Midwest Regional trains; there are a few more I still need to take; they are in Michigan and Indiana.

By now, I have been on all but a few of Amtrak’s long-distance trains, but I still want to ride the Auto Train, Silver Star, Lake Shore Limited, and the Palmetto (but I will be riding it in October). Looking at my records, I rode more than I thought!

I know train travel is not for everyone or flying, but I still think milestones are fun. I know others have ridden more trains than I.

For example, I see a guy I see almost every time I take the 337 Hiawatha from Chicago to Sturtevant. He has ridden the Hiawatha practically every weekday for over 40 years. I think I have done a lot for someone who travels mainly for fun.

Why I Travel

What I enjoy most about traveling is getting away; we all have our getaway, some it is reading, collecting things, other hobbies, or other things, legal or not. Traveling has helped my depression, for I have something that I can look forward to on a bad day, even if it is a short trip. It is lovely to sit and watch the country pass by the window.

I encourage you to try traveling if you haven’t; you could even give rail a try. I have learned so much from my journeys. Addtionaianlly I learned more about who I am. from talking to people from around the world. I learned about other countries.

I have seen both the good and bad sides of the United States. We act and treat others as citizens and what we have done with our country. I saw how we preserved the beauty of this country and destroyed other areas. Traveling has its bumps, sways, and delays, but so do our lives; these are not the issues of life but how we react to them that makes us what we are.

Safe Travels!



Kev has been traveling with Amtrak since 2012, celebrating his tenth year this year. Over those years, he has been on over 700 trains covering over 200,000 miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by assisting them to get started. Kev enjoys making music as an organist.