Thanksgiving Travel on Amtrak

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Wed, November 21 2012 at 4:06 PM, Updated: Wed, November 21 2012 at 4:15 PM

Amtrak could eclipse their record for most passengers, which was set over the Thanksgiving Holiday last year.

Roger Ziegler is taking the train to Eugene to spend Thanksgiving with friends and family...and record numbers of passengers will be joining him on the train.

"It's the best way to go."  Says Ziegler.  "It's such a nice, pleasant way to travel, because you can just sit back, get up and walk around, meet lots of nice people."

Josh Neibert of Tulelake was waiting for relatives at the station with his cousin Sofia...

"We're going to go shopping after this, and we're going to have a big Thanksgiving thing with the whole family, and watch some football games, and have a good Thanksgiving dinner."

Amtrak is expected to carry 3/4 of a million passengers over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Charles Russian of Concord, California is taking the train to Montana...

"It was cheaper.  Flights were a little bit more expensive, and I was already here in Klamath Falls hunting - so, get ready to shoot up on the train."

Unlike planes, Amtrak can add extra help make up for a 35% increase in holiday travelers.

Amtrak officials say their busiest travel days of the year at the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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