Magazine article The Spectator

Well Trained

Magazine article The Spectator

Well Trained

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AMERICA

Andrew Petrie journeys from NYC to DC the old-fashioned way

Behind you, the New York skyline recedes as you plunge into bridge-and-tunnel New Jersey on a three-hour, five-state train journey to the District of Columbia. Of historical interest is that the first stop, Trenton, was the capital of the US for a few months in 1784, and that by crossing from Delaware into Maryland you also cross the Mason-Dixon Line. Two markers - one black, one white - can be seen by the tracks.

Americans will think you're crazy to stop in Baltimore, a notoriously squalid, drug-ravaged city with a reputation The Wire did nothing to improve. Certainly crawling through the city's eastern suburbs doesn't give the traveller much of a first impression ('Look, darling! Crackheads!'), but approaching by train always shows you a city's worst side first. …

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