Mr. Toy relaxes while Amtrak does the driving.
Mr. Toy's Train Travel Tales
The mildly exciting adventures of Jim & Heidi Toy as they travel the land by train.
The Coast Starlight,
Halloween/Birthday - fall 2006
Wherein Mr. Toy travels from Monterey to Salem to share in a birthday celebration with his big sister. Along the way he meets a newspaper columnist, a train robbery victim, Eastern European immigrants, and a horse hauler. Plus a truck driver gets knocked around.
The Coast Starlight, Mother's Day Weekend 2005
Involving a little snow, a little rain, a little riverboat and a huge globe.
The Coast Starlight, February-March 2004
A trip to a wedding which begins with an alien encounter, followed by a stormy night, a swollen river, snow packed mountains and a geologist. On the return leg we get a huge dose of bluegrass and a very brief visit with a special friend.
The Coast Starlight, March 2003
We encounter lots of snow in theCascades, admire Salem's carousel, a grocery store, and recreate, in a small way, our honeymoon.
The Coast Starlight, May/June 2002
My first solo trip in a sleeper. On this trip an impromptu men's club is formed, I shoot through tunnels, visit a Chinese garden, go "train hunting," and dine with three women.
For information on
Mr. Toy's hometown trains visit
The Del Monte Club Car
and for the rest of Mr. Toy's hometown
The Monterey Peninsula Toy Box
Caltrain to the Ballgame, September 19, 2001
A week after 9/11, we ride to the city for Giants Baseball
The Coast Starlight, Memorial Day 2001
I relive my school daze as I travel overnight in a coach seat to see my neice graduate from college. The #14 train is very late, but riding with a retired schoolteacher, a young doctor, his very cute wife, and a hilarious steward makes it worth the delay. On #11 I meet another cast of characters, including a casting director.
The California Zephyr, August 2000
The trip that reintroduced us to train travel after a sixteen year absence. Our goal: to marry off our niece. It's a family adventure for four traversing every western mountain range from the blue Pacific to the golden plains of Colorado. It's the only way to fly!