Bicycles begin at the end of many (rail) lines

Back in February, I discussed multi-modal transportation and how Russ and Laura had decided to combine their Bromptons with passenger rail to travel the United States. Looks like their trip begins this month.

I was thinking about them today when I came across a map of United States’ passenger rail service since 1962.

It’s one thing to know that passenger rail hasn’t fared well over the past century. But it’s startling to see the visual record of line abandonment in the 1970s.

Chances are pretty good that those Bromptons will record a few more miles on their own 16-inch tires than they would have had this trip been planned in the 1950s (and the British folders existed, of course).

To follow the journey, visit

And be sure to check out their Facebook page, too.

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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