Riding the Empire Builder train through America’s Midwest

By Mark Footer, Post Magazine, South China Morning Post; November 30, 2017

Butter sculpting and lumberjack/jill demonstrations under a bright blue Midwestern sky; “gizmos” (beef and pork in a hoagie bun), bacon-on-a-stick and spam burgers; displays by tractor manu­facturers and the National Guard: one could spend days at the Minnesota State Fair – but I have a train to catch.

Amtrak’s Empire Builder service, from Chicago to the Pacific northwest, passes through Minnesota but once a day, calling at Saint Paul (which, with Minneapolis, is one of the United States’ Twin Cities) at 10.20pm.

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