I grew up in New York City, and rode the New York subways many times. Later in life, I was able to take a passenger train occasionally, such as the Autotrain, which runs nonstop between Lorton, Virginia and Sanford, Florida (near Orlando), a distance of approximately 900 miles (about 1450 km).
|Auto Train poster in Sanford, Florida, 2013|
On my trips on the Auto Train, there is one beautiful small town that I fell in love with from the first time I passed through on the train - Ashland, Virginia.
The train tracks run down the center of town and you get a wonderful view of Railroad Avenue as you pass through the border of a college, a commercial district, and then residential homes.
But I had never seen the town, except from the train. So, recently, I traveled to Ashland, VA to change that.
|A downtown mural, Ashland, Virginia|
The train station, which doubles as the Ashland visitor center.
You might say it was a Long Train Runnin'.(Thank you, Doobie Brothers.)
"T" on the Blogging from A to Z Challenge as I "travel through time and space".