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
Unfortunately, Chicago traffic means we get there 20 minutes after the train has swept imperiously through at 6.10pm, 45 minutes behind schedule, and I start to, in very basic terms, panic. The train is not hanging about. The Zephyr is doing, by my rough calculations, about 80mph between stations. We are already behind the train, and if we don't catch it up, and fast, this will turn into a very dull story about failure.
We fuel the cars at the local Kum & Go and eat radioactively yellow Cheetos. I buy a hat and feel slightly better, but the whole crew is painfully aware our next scheduled big stop is in Denver, Colorado - 830 miles and 15 hours away. Not a cheap distance.