Author James McCommons  spent a year riding the rails, talking to railroad officials and fellow passengers and experiencing the highs and lows of passenger rail travel in the US. He wrote about his experiences and insights in Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service . Now you can download the first chapter of his book for free, exclusively from the Saturday Evening Post.
You can also read James McCommon’s cover story in the current issue of the Post, on newsstands now.
From the Saturday Evening Post :
In 2007, a business trip took travel writer James McCommons from his home in Michigan to the West Coast. McCommons, who hails from a railroad family, took a train west and flew back to the Midwest. His trip on “The California Zephyr” had transcendent moments of crossing the moonlit Great Plains and running through the Red Rock Country of the Rockies’ western slope, but also was marred by equipment breakdowns in Nevada’s deserts and repeated delays due to backed-up freight trains. He reached Sacramento 12 hours behind schedule.