Off the Beaten Track, Railroad Buffs Get Stoked by Riding Obscure Routes
“I want to ride every track before I check out,” says Bill Crawford, 68, a retired engineering manager for General Electric Co. in Nahant, Mass. He was one of several dozen collectors who paid $8,000 each to go on a 2,500-mile, weeklong train trip last April from St. Louis to Tulsa, Fort Worth, El Paso and Kansas City. The train covered freight routes that hadn’t seen regular passenger train service in decades. “I have lusted after that track for 35 years,” Mr. Crawford says.
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