Welcome to A View from the Train, the rail traveler’s online resource for the interpretation of one of Philadelphia’s most interesting historic landscapes, the Northeast Corridor.
Whether you’re seated in an Amtrak train bound for New York, or simply surfing the web from your couch, you may follow the links above to begin unraveling the layers of infrastructure, industry, and civic institutions that compose the urban scene before you.
For most Americans, ordinary man-made landscape is something to be looked at, but seldom thought about.
– Peirce Lewis, “Axioms for Reading the Landscape”
In the case of the Northeast Corridor, a little thought (combined with a little context) will go a long way in helping you understand, and ultimately appreciate, the many stories this “ordinary man-made landscape” has to tell.
Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to leave suggestions, or your own Corridor story, below.