November 2023 - / By  -

The road to far West Texas is rambling, which is to say there’s no easy way to get there, no matter where you’re coming from. I learned this quickly during my three years as a community reporter in the tiny border town of Presidio. When you don’t have a car, there are few options for travel. There is, however, a train.

The Sunset Limited sounds much lovelier than it is; maybe it was once. Its current fleet, consisting of double-decker trains called Superliners, was built mostly in the eighties and retains the angular aesthetic of that era. The interior is heavy on sapphire blue. It’s the oldest named passenger route still in operation in the U.S., dating to 1894, and was originally part of the Southern Pacific Railroad. Nowadays it’s Amtrak’s southernmost route......

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Photo credit:  Amtrak