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Over the weekend an Amtrak engine pulling six vintage cars took a few hundred train and desert fans from Los Angeles to Barstow to Kelso, which the LA Times calls "a remote mission-style depot in the heart of the 1.6-million acre Mojave National Preserve." Organizers are hoping to make the route a permanent thing, and one of them tells the paper "We pattern ourselves after the tourism train in Williams, Ariz., which hauls about 300,000 people a year to the Grand Canyon...We have a better ride because, except for the Grand Canyon itself, there's more interesting scenery to enjoy from the windows." [Kelso's abandoned post office via Wikimedia] [LAT]