February 19, 2012
EUROPE Presentation Learn the ins and outs of train travel in Europe with Distant Lands rail agent Susan Hickman. Topics will include itinerary planning and choosing individual tickets or rail passes. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. PHOTOGRAPHY Slide show Mort Loveman will present "A Camera for All Seasons With Nikon. " When, where: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills.
May 11, 2011 |
Hoping to distance myself from the nattering nabobs of negativism (Lakers fans), I hop a train to Anaheim, namely the Angels Express — seven bucks, round trip from L.A.'s Union Station. You can't buy a gallon of gas for that. Well, almost. With me are two of L.A.'s resident psycho-satirists, Rob and Rich, a lawyer and a doctor, the kind of people you'd like to be with for three or four hours, not much more. Psycho-satirists are like psychotherapists, but they have a more twisted view of things.
June 24, 2012
AUSTRALIA Presentation Join Adrian Kalvinskas as he discusses Australia's southeastern corner. Enjoy Melbourne and Sydney, see the highlights of the Blue Mountains and the Great Ocean Road, and take a peek at Australia's little-visited capital of Canberra. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. BICYCLING Movie "Ride the Divide - The Movie," follows the 2008 Tour Divide, the world's toughest mountain bike race, for 2,745 miles from Canada to Mexico.
November 10, 2008 |
After half a century as more of a curiosity than a convenience, passenger trains are getting back on track in some parts of the country. The high cost of fuel, coupled with congestion on highways and at airports, is drawing travelers back to trains not only for commuting but also for travel between cities as much as 500 miles apart.
February 6, 2005
I am surprised that you did not mention India in the list of places to travel by train ["Rail Travel Around the World Continues to Roll Along," Jan. 23]. It has one of the largest networks in the world and has train travel from the cheapest to the magnificent Palace on Wheels. Pradeep Bhaumik Rancho Cucamonga
November 16, 2008
," Nov. 10). I had just finished trying to book train travel on Amtrak's website. I somehow imagined that my family might save money and also have fun traveling from Palm Springs to Reno by rail instead of our usual nine-hour road trip. I typed in our origin, Palm Springs, and destination, Reno. The itinerary they presented: First leg, 63 hours on train from Palm Springs to Springfield, Ill. Second leg, two-hour bus ride to Galesburg, Ill. Last leg, 43 hours on train to Reno. I was laughing so hard that I forgot to check the price.
October 12, 1986
Two cheers, one for Jerry Hulse's travel checklist (Tips, Sept. 28)--so sensible, so rare, though he should have added a sleep shade, a mask for the eyes. I did a lot of transocean flying, at night, and flying east that sun comes up awfully early. And one for the delightful story on the Lisbon Express (Sept. 28). I rode the airplanes for convenience and the trains for pleasure, and read everything about train travel that comes to my attention, including of course Paul Theroux's two fine books.
December 26, 1987 |
After air fares almost doubled in price because of inflation, Mexicans by the million have been taking the train to their favorite tourist spots to spend Christmas and the New Year. As a result, the government's National Railways monopoly reports train reservations have been booked solid through Jan. 4 between Mexico City and points on the Gulf Coast, the Pacific Coast beaches and northern and central points such as Guadalajara, Monterrey and Puebla.
February 17, 2007
Re "Bullet trains won't get us anywhere," Current, Feb. 11 James Moore seems to love air travel and disdain train travel. He also disparages the safety of train travel, yet it surely is safer than travel by car and is probably safer than travel by air. Perhaps most important, his analysis never mentions that planes must be fueled by oil, inevitably adding carbon to Earth's atmosphere. In contrast, trains can run on electricity, which can be generated by solar and wind power. Indeed, in California, such power can be generated in close proximity to a San Francisco-to-Los Angeles railway right of way. Or one from L.A. to Las Vegas.