ACELA...This is how my friend Mike gets around the East Coast. 
First photo caption:  Looking like exactly what it is . . . the fastest passenger train in the United States . . . an Acela Express is captured on film at New Haven, Connecticut [the old diesel/electric locomotive switching point before the complete electrification of the Northeast corridor all the way to Boston].
Acela at  New Haven, Connecticut

Passengers on Amtrak's northeast corridor are treated to some of the best scenery in the country.  Here, a picturesque beach near Stonington, Connecticut, is revealed for our delight.
Picturesque beach near Stonington, Connecticut

Amtrak brings passengers right to the water's edge.  Long Island Sound is viewed "up close and personal" from the Acela.  Any closer, and we'd need bathing suits! 
Long Island Sound

The New London, Connecticut, train station is conveniently located adjacent to a variety of water transportion:  cross-Sound and Block Island ferries; as well as the oldest commissioned U.S. training vessel, the Coast Guard's three-masted barque Eagle [photographed here right through the window of the train at New London station].
New London, Connecticut

Disused wooden bridge pilings march across the Thames River near New London, evidence of railroad history on the Northeast corridor.  A modern concrete-stabilized bridge accomodates today's high speed trains with ease.
Crossing The Thames River near New London,

Acela at South Station, Boston, Massachusetts -- last stop.  Or the first one . . . for those lucky passengers traveling southbound to New York City and Washington, D.C.
I want to ride on Acela!

                                         This page was added to the web site on 1-19-03

                                                Mike other photo tours on this web site:
                                                                The Coast Starlight Photo Tour
                                                                Mike's Southwest Chief Tour
                                                                 Mike rides the Downeaster
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