This is part one of SIX ten-minute sequences (it was originally made for YouTube use...) showing my trip by Amtrak's "Southwest Chief" across the country, from Davis, California to Kansas City Missouri.
For the score I pulled out almost every train-related piece of music I had. The footage includes maps and ephemera of the trip as well as loads of scenery.
I had taken long train trips in Europe, and always wanted to do a North American Train Trip. It was fun, for the most part, and I recommend it. To do over again, though, I probably would spring for the EXORBITANT amount of money that Amtrak wanted for a 'private berth' with 'bed'. There were times, on the long haul, when it would have been damned nice to get away from other people (such as that wee-hours-of-the-morning stretch with all of the crying babies and stops, during a raging thunderstorm).