Kev’s Travel Log

by Kev
South Shore Line

For fun, I decided to share my travel log with you. More information about my travels, scroll to the bottom of the page.

My Amtrak miles from 2012 to today

Amtrak Travel

  • Miles: 122,247
  • Trains: 679
  • Average miles per trip: 180

Travel mileage breakdown per year

2020

Total Train Miles

Amtrak's City of New Orleans
Amtrak’s City of New Orleans picking up and dropping off passengers at Jackson, MS.
  • Miles: 10,408
  • Trains: 32
  • Average: 325.25  miles per ride

Amtrak

  • Miles: 9,850
  • Trains: 21
  • Average Trip: 469 miles per ride

Metra and other trains

  • Miles: 558.1
  • Trains: 11
  • Average trips: 50.7 miles per ride

2019

Gayle and I
Gayle and I at Raleigh Union Station

Total Train Miles

  • Miles: 9,735
  • Trains: 64
  • Average trip: 152.1

Amtrak

  • Miles: 8,288
  • Trains: 36
  • Average trip: 230.2

Metra

  • Miles: 1,447.2
  • Trains: 28
  • Average miles per trip: 51.7

Omaha Zoo Railroad

  • Miles: 3.6 miles
  • Trains: 2
  • Average miles per trips: 1.8

2018

CUS Enterance
Outside entrance to Chicago Union Station’s Great Hall

Amtrak

  • Miles: 76
  • Trains: 11,439
  • Average miles per trip: 150

Metra+

  • Miles: 1,829
  • Trains: 43
  • Average miles per trip:

2017

Amtrak

  • Miles: 21,690
  • Trains: 128
  • Average miles per trip: 169

Metra

  • Miles: 693
  • Trains: 14
  • Average miles per trip: 49.5

2016

Metra Locomotive
A Metra train is waiting for passengers at Chicago Union Station.

Amtrak

  • Miles: 22,804
  • Trains: 136
  • Average miles per trip: 168

Metra

  • Miles: 891
  • Trains: 106
  • Average miles per trip: 49.5

2015

Amtrak

  • Miles: 18,182
  • Trains: 106
  • Average miles per trip:  172

2014

Meet-up
My first meet=up with a Travel with Kev fan, Alex

Amtrak

  • Miles: 15,959
  • Trains: 100
  • Average miles per trip: 160

2013

Amtrak

  • Miles: 13,594
  • Trains: 69
  • Average miles per trip: 197

2012

Amtrak

  • Miles: 504
  • Trains: 8
  • Average miles per trip: 63
Washington (DC) Union Station Great Hall
Washington (DC) Union Station Great Hall

Why The Log

I started keeping a travel log of my Amtrak travel for fun. Later on, I started keeping track of other trains like Metra, too bad I didn’t keep track at the beginning.

Oh yeah, my airline miles didn’t make this list because I forgot. Hey, this is just for fun anyway

The intent of this page is not to brag but as an accountability page; to show I have the miles behind me to give advice. Plus, I love numbers, and it is fun.

The Amtrak Miles And What They Include

My Amtrak milage covers a cross-section of the Amtrak’s system, although many miles on the Amtrak Midwest Corridor. The miles include all but one of Amtrak’s long-distance train, the Auto Train (and that train it is on the bucket list).  Besides the Midwest Corridor and long-distance trains, my miles also include corridor trains in California and the Northeast Corridor. While traveling all those miles, I used most of Amtrak’s accommodations offerings, including coach and business class, roomettes, and bedrooms. Sadly, I have yet to ride Amtrak Acela or the equipment on the Cascades.

South Shore Line
The South Shore Line in Michigan City, IN

The transportation I did not include in the travel log

Regionals

Like I said before, this log does include my rides on the South Shore Line because I could not find milage. Nor other regions railroads such as SEPTA, or short-run lines such as streetcars or subways.

Busses

I did not keep track of my bus trips because, like above, the information is not always accessible. My bus travels include Amtrak Connecting Bus Service plus bus tickets not directly related to Amtrak.

How I keep track

I use an Excell sheet to keep track of all of my miles; it is pretty dorky. By that, I mean it is color-coded. At a glance, I know what trains are regionals, long haul trains, and the Hiawatha. At times it can get complicated, but I love numbers, and I find keeping track of this information fun and a sense of achievement.

If you are interested in joining the fun, check out this page to find out where else you can find me.

Safe Travels!

Kev

If you are interested in traveling on Amtrak, check out this page, or if you have questions, please reach out, here is how.

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9 comments

Max July 20, 2020 - 9:57 pm

Hey Kev, nice site!! I was just curious, how do you determine the mileage traveled? Is there a tool that provides the track distance between two stations? Thanks!

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Kev July 21, 2020 - 7:03 am

Hey Max,
Thanks, and great question! I use Amtrak’s timetables for determining mileage. Because I use them a lot, I keep the current ones on my iPad. Here is the link to get them, but because of the pandemic, all the links go to a temporary page. If you need help with timetables, let me know!
Safe Travels!
Kev
PS Nice site and music!

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Max July 23, 2020 - 10:47 am

Thanks for the compliment and the prompt reply! Haha before I left my original question I checked the Amtrak site to see if those timetables included mile markers…and all I could find was the covid warning. But good to know that at some point I will hopefully be able to access it again. Fun to track travel miles!

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Kev July 23, 2020 - 11:47 am

You are welcome! If you want a timetable(s) let me know, I have almost all of them, and I can send you what you need. Not all of them are current for times, but if you just need miles, they are perfect. 🙂

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Maxwell Lee July 28, 2020 - 11:00 pm

Wow that is very kind of you. I suppose why not, if you don’t mind?

Northeast Regional (WIL-NYP) (BWI-WAS)
Adirondack (MTR-NYP)
Autotrain (LOR-SAN)*
Capitol Corridor (GAC-SAC)
Empire Builder (CHI-MKE-MSP)*
Silver Meteor (MIA-ORL-WPK)

*actually found these on the Amtrak site.

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Kev July 29, 2020 - 7:39 am

I hope this helps! 🙂
NEC: WIL-NYP 116 BWI-WAS 30
Adirondack: MTR- NYP 381
Auto Train: 855
Cap Cor: GAC-SAC 125
EB: CHI- MKE; 85 MKE-MSP 325′ TOT 410
SM: MIA-ORL 265; ORL-WPK 5; TOT 275

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Max July 29, 2020 - 10:53 pm

Thanks Kev! Hate to nitpick but that last one doesn’t add up. Is it actually 270 total?

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Kev July 29, 2020 - 10:58 pm

You are welcome, and yeah 270. That’s what I get for trying to think before coffee. Haha sorry about that.

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Max July 29, 2020 - 11:05 pm

Got it! Thanks again!

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