Car vs train across the United States
A modern, decidedly Top Gear homage to the great Blue Train races: a head-to-head between Amtrak and a Bentley Continental...
Posted: 19 Dec 2012
Woolf Barnato is the reason I'm standing in an underground train siding in Chicago, USA, staring at a man in a pith helmet. Seriously, this is like Fear and Loathing on public transport: multicoloured shorts, red shirt, yellow scarf and aforementioned headgear, towing a small wheelie bag around in the murk with implacable geriatric purpose like some acid-trip adventure scout.
He pauses, looks at me, snorts slightly and disappears into the side of a 20ft slab of stainless steel that stands to our left. Or, to be more exact, he boards the Amtrak California Zephyr and prepares to relax as a train takes the strain all the way to Emeryville, just outside San Francisco, 2,438 miles and - barring delays and including time-zone changes - 54hrs 10mins away.