All Aboard for a Train Adventure in Retirement

Older travelers and retirees are hitting the rails and fueling demand for train vacations.

Sometimes it's about the journey and not the destination. That’s what Robert Martin, age 70, a retired nurse from Louisville, Ky., says about the 13-day, 3,000-mile train trek he took last year through southern Ontario, the Prairies and the Canadian Rockies. “It wasn’t a continuous train slog. We spent half of the days and nights on the train. But I could nap, read, talk to fellow passengers, go to the dining car, and get off and stretch my legs every four or five hours,” says Martin, who traveled alone while his wife stayed home. “The scenery in Canada east of the Rockies is breathtaking. It felt like we were speeding through a tunnel bored through the middle of the dense forest.”

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