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The Empire Service, running between New York City and Niagara Falls, takes its name from the state it serves: New York, nicknamed the Empire State.

Traveling the Northeast in Comfort on the Empire Service Train

The Best Way to Visit Family

by Carol Sporysz

Lancaster, New York

I travel to see my daughter, son-in-law and their four children around four times a year, always on the Empire Service Line. Twice a year my daughter brings the children to visit me, taking the Empire Service as well.

We travel almost exclusively by train because the conductors on board are always so helpful, especially with my daughter and her four children.

It is, what we've found, the most relaxing way to travel. No taking our shoes off, no waiting in line to go through a scanner, no having to be there an hour or more earlier just to sit and wait, no having to limit what we bring, or how much liquid is in our carry on, no problem with bringing food and drinks onboard.

There is nothing more beautiful than traveling by train. So much is missed by air and car.

Being able to move about the train as we want is priceless. For my daughter, traveling with four children, taking the train is the best way that she has found.

Her husband helps her board, actually going on board to help out, and I meet her at the train to help her with the kids and their bags. Going back home, I help her board and her husband meets her at the train to help her with their children and their bags.

How can I not mention the sights? There is nothing more beautiful than traveling by train. So much is missed by air and car. Seeing mother nature at her best can only be done by train, especially when it is deer that you see roaming along the side of the tracks.