March 25, 2014
TIME ON THE MOVE:
WHY WES ANDERSON RIDES AMTRAK (Amtrak, Mar 19, 2014)
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2014 4:37 AM"Each trip is its own adventure, and I'm always looking forward to the next one," Anderson tells Amtrak's blog, calling train travelers "people and scenery watchers."While promoting The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson traveled coast to coast by train--even conducting this interview straight from the rails."One thing you almost always get on a train is time to burn," he says. "But it's especially nice to have that time while you are on the move. It can so often be the best combination of peaceful and exciting."Of Amtrak's 500 nationwide destinations, Wes says he's most interested in New Orleans, which can be accessed along Amtrak's City of New Orleans, Sunset Limited and Crescent routes."It's one thing to be stuck together for the long haul to New Zealand in the upper deck of a 747 for 16 hours, but it's an altogether different matter to hit the dining car three meals a day for two and a half days running onboard theSouthwest Chief," he says, comparing the perks of train travel to the experience on airplanes. "It's a calm, friendly, leisurely, and extremely protracted type of experience."That leisurely experience has also served well for Anderson's creativity. A few years ago, he was able to create "a pretty serviceable first draft" of a movie script with two friends while traveling by train. "We even brought a printer with us, but unfortunately I fried it by plugging it into a razor's-only electric socket," he confesses.