Umbrella

Trains

Mark Fickett Photography and Miscellanea

Mary and pack at Berwyn station

Above, waiting for commuter rail with my mom and my then-new pack. I took SEPTA in to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, and then took Amtrak from Philadelphia to D.C. to Harpers Ferry, WV — the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail, where I would be starting.

woman using phone in train station

Philadelphia's 30th street station is giant and echoey and, to my perpetual delight, has flippy signs (listen). (Officially, split-flap display or Solari board.)

train engine passing arched building

First in Harpers Ferry, and then many other places along the trail, train whistles echoing through the mountains (listen) were for me a friendly industrial music.

2010 Dec 17
appalachian trail train amtrak septa audio
i