Most people who travel often, like Carl Yastrzemski and John Madden once did, get to a certain age and wonder how many more chances you may get to fly in an airplane before you run into a big problem at seven miles in the sky.
Of course it’s irrational, or let’s say, less rational than worrying about how many more car trips you can take before your luck runs out on the highway.
Be it luck, crowded airports, canceled flights and tiny seats, there’s a whole cadre of Americans who just prefer travel by track. Either for necessity of getting from place to place, or the sheer fun of cruising to no place in particular, taking the train appeals to a huge and growing fan base.
Last summer my wife and I combined a trip up Mount Washington on the Cog Railway followed by a trip on the Conway Scenic Railroad from North Conway Station through Crawford Notch to Fabyan Station, not far from the Mount Washington Hotel. It’s about a 55-mile round trip.