Amtrak's Northeast Corridor is the busiest railroad in North America, with more than 2,600 trains operating over some portion of the Washington-Boston route each day.
Fifteen routes pass through New York's Penn Station, the most of any station on the Amtrak system.
by Christine Day
Last year, in early March, my then-friend Woody and I took the Keystone to Penn Station in New York City, to catch a train into New Jersey for that year's Star Trek convention. It was Woody's first time on a train and his first time to New York City. Although all he got to see of that great city was the waiting area of Penn Station, since we didn't have time to explore before we caught our train to Secaucus.
Fast forward to Saturday, February 7, 2009, where Woody and I (who have now been dating for almost a year) are on the Keystone to New York City again, this time to actually visit the city.
As the train moved out on its way east, right past Elizabethtown, I joked with him that last year around this time, he was taking his first train ride and it was all to impress a girl (he was not a Star Trek fan, but I later found out he'd gone because he "kind of" liked me).
A minute or two later he said, "You know, New York has a lot of scenic places, but the train is where we really got our start." Then he showed me a beautiful red velvet box he'd been hiding in his hand, opened it up, and said, "Will you marry me?" I threw my arms around his neck and said, "Yes!" He put the beautiful ring he'd chosen for me on my finger and I hugged and kissed him about a million times.
I don't know if anyone saw what happened, because we were rather quiet about it (it was an early morning train and I'm sure that quite a few passengers were sleeping), but I will never forget that wonderful moment when the love of my life asked me to marry him.
We went to New York City, had a terrific trip and came back home to Harrisburg on the Keystone line. When we pulled into the station, I admit that I felt a pang of sadness because I didn't want to get off the train that will now, always, have a very special place in my heart.
Although that was our first trip to New York City together, I'm sure it won't be our last, and I can't imagine ever going to New York City with Woody again in anything but the Keystone.