South Shore Line
A South Shore Line train going through the middle of the street in Michigan City, IN

Kev’s Train Travel Log

I let this page go, but I hope to return it soon.

For fun, I decided to share my travel log with you. For 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


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


  • 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


Gayle and I
Gayle and I at Raleigh Union Station

Total Train Miles

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


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


  • 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


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


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


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



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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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



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



  • 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. This page intends not to brag but as an accountability page, to show I have the miles behind me to advise you. 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 trains, the Auto Train (which is on the bucket list). Besides the Midwest Corridor and long-distance trains, my miles 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


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


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 unrelated to Amtrak.

How I keep track

I use an Excell sheet to keep track 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. It can sometimes 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!


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


Kev has been traveling with Amtrak since 2012, celebrating over ten years of travel! Over those years, he has been on over 700 trains covering over 200k miles of rail. Kev enjoys helping others achieve their travel dreams by providing support and information. Outside of travel, Kev enjoys making music as an organist.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Max

    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!

    1. Kev

      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!
      PS Nice site and music!

  2. Max

    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!

    1. Kev

      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. 🙂

  3. Maxwell Lee

    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.

    1. Kev

      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

  4. Max

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

    1. Kev

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

  5. Max

    Got it! Thanks again!

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