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Tell Us Your Story

Trains are full of history, memories and wonderful stories — we want to hear your Amtrak tales and post them on Whistle Stop.

Did you spend a family vacation on the Empire Builder? Did you propose to your wife on the Lake Shore Limited? Did your grandfather take you on a fishing trip via the Vermonter? Did you meet a movie star while riding the Pacific Surfliner? What do you like the most about riding the train? How did your passion for the rails come about?

Submit your story (and your best photographs from your trips if you want) below and check the boxes authorizing its use. While we will not change the meaning of your story, Amtrak may edit your submission for proper spelling and grammar. Stories are limited to 6000 characters (about 1000 words). Not all stories submitted will be posted.

Fill in the fields below to send us your story. Bold items are required.

First Name   Why do we ask for the information on this page?
Last Name
Home Country
Email Address
Story Title
Story Subtitle
Story Text

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Photo Submission Guidelines
Images must be in JPEG format and less than 400k each. Amtrak must be granted full usage rights to all photographs submitted. Amtrak may crop, alter or reject any photograph submitted.

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Terms of Submission

By submitting my story and/or photograph(s) (collectively referred to as the "materials") and checking the box, I agree:

  • I am at least 18 years of age.
  • The materials are original and do not plagiarize any one else's work, and use of the materials will not infringe any copyright or trademark rights of any other person or entity.
  • I am granting Amtrak a perpetual right to use, copy, modify, publicly display, and distribute the materials for any purpose (including marketing, promotion, and media purposes) in any medium now existing or which may exist in the future, and to sublicense such rights to third parties.
  • I am granting Amtrak the right to use any personal information and any personal image or likeness of myself and any other persons appearing or described in the materials, and I have secured the necessary permissions and releases of any such persons appearing or described in the materials, and represent that use of the materials will not violate any right of privacy or publicity of any individuals.
  • I am granting permission to Amtrak to use my name and city and state of residence for public attribution but Amtrak is not obligated to do so.
I have read and agree to these terms.

See our Usage and Privacy Policy to learn about what we do with the information you share.