Trains and travel: The perfect combo

A southbound NJ Transit train passes through Elizabeth, N.J. in August 2003..
A southbound NJ Transit train passes through Elizabeth, N.J. in August 2003. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

WHIPPANY, N.J. — I love trains.

And, I love to travel.

Combining the two makes for the perfect getaway.

I’ve been known to drive several hours to visit a railroad museum, for a chance to watch some freight action on today’s rails or better yet – taking an excursion. I use my affinity for trains as an excuse for a getaway. And, it’s worked so far.

Train buffs are commonly referred to as “railfans.” And sometimes “railfanning” activities aren’t even planned — it can be as simple as seeing a train while driving down the road and stopping to watch. And of course, snapping a few pictures – or, at times, a few dozen rolls of film — is a perfect compliment to railfanning.

My interest in trains comes from my days in New Jersey. There’s no place like the Garden State for watching trains. The Northeast Corridor — need I say more?

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Todd DeFeo
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Todd DeFeo loves to travel anywhere, anytime, taking pictures and notes. An award-winning reporter, Todd revels in the experience and the fact that every place has a story to tell. He is owner of The DeFeo Groupe and also edits Express Telegraph and The Travel Trolley.