It’s official: New Amtrak lecture is complete and “rolling”.

Author David Kriso at the cab door of an Amtrak Acela Express train at Washington DC's Union Station in May 2012.
Author David Kriso at the cab door of an Amtrak Acela Express train at Washington DC’s Union Station in May 2012.

This January 2015, I added to my writing repertoire by doing a lecture on cruising. Out of my experience working at the NY area cruise terminals and my travel writing came my program, “Cruising: Making Waves & Sense”. It is geared toward novice cruisers and those seeking helpful hints for future cruises. It has been an immediate success and well-received. Undoubtedly, I didn’t stop there.

Feeding off the positive outcome of the cruising lecture, I created something new. I decided to trace back to my longtime love affair, riding the rails. Being an avid Amtrak rider, and having written a multitude of train travel articles on Examiner.com and on this site, I couldn’t help but reach out to rail travelers with both seasoned and minimal experience. The lecture is entitled “Amtrak: Staying on ‘track’ with America’s railroad”. The purpose of the lecture is straight forward. As we all  know, the derailment of Amtrak train #188 in Philadelphia was a horrific event. Eight people lost their lives. All types of questions were asked. Many won’t be answered for a long period of time. Despite the circumstances of the derailment, the train is still looked to as the preferred form of transportation from city to city. We cannot argue with that. With the craziness we face dealing with airport security, stepping aboard a train without taking our shoes off is all the more convenient. Agree?

David, standing along side Amtrak's new workhorse, the ACS-64 electric engine. Built by Siemens in California, it develops 8,600 horsepower and will be at the head of trains between Washington, DC and Boston.
David, standing along side Amtrak’s new workhorse, the ACS-64 electric engine. Built by Siemens in California, it develops 8,600 horsepower and will be at the head of trains between Washington, DC and Boston.

Amtrak makes life far easier than how the airlines make it for travelers. There’s no question about it. The lecture features an array of on-point topics for all rail travelers’ interest. Topics include Amtrak facts and services, routes, on-board amenities, everyday discounts, Amtrak vacation packages, and the advantages of the Amtrak Guest Rewards program. Amtrak is much more than just a passenger carrier. It’s a passenger carrier with a smorgasbord of incentives and the simple life rolled into one. Traveling has truly become sophisticated, and in many ways complicated. The airlines have done just that. Amtrak continues to keep life simple for travelers. Simple is the way it ought to be everyday. The lecture brings all of these talking points to light. I am confident that those who will attend this lecture will go home feeling exceptionally convinced that their upcoming trip to Florida, California, or to Montreal will be not just relaxing, but memorable too.

Amtrak's Silver Star, train #81, arrives at the Kissimmee station in March 2012. Kissimmee is twenty minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort.
Amtrak’s Silver Star, train #81, arrives at the Kissimmee station in March 2012. Kissimmee is twenty minutes from the Walt Disney World Resort.

“Amtrak: Staying on ‘track’ with America’s Railroad” is going to be my best lecture yet. The cruising lecture has made a “splash”. That’s for sure! The new Amtrak lecture, with the wealth of information included and the “Ah-ha!” moments to be shared, will most definitely convince travelers to look to Amtrak more often for their vacation needs. Knowing what vacation packages are available is imperative. Knowing what to expect on your traveling day is vital. Knowing what amenities and services are available is fundamental. I invite all travelers alike to attend and appreciate this presentation. The presentation will do more than just help travelers better understand the conveniences of riding aboard Amtrak. Through the presentation, travelers will also learn what Amtrak is doing to help make their vacation safer, desirable, and utmost enjoyable.

Since June 2015, nearly a dozen venues have shown interest in my Amtrak presentation. As train travel continues to attract the likes of millions nationwide, so will my presentation. Amtrak: Keeping On ‘Track’ With America’s Railroad” is a presentation is not just going to educate all travelers alike. It’s going to help get all travelers alike keep their vacation plans on ‘track’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 thought on “It’s official: New Amtrak lecture is complete and “rolling”.”

  1. Democrats say the funding cut would hurt Amtrak s ability to invest in new technology and rail cars and improve safety, which came into the spotlight following a deadly derailment this spring near Philadelphia. The passenger rail service is partially funded by the government.

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