Ventured into the District tonight to have dinner in Adams Morgan. To be honest, I wanted to go to Georgetown originally, but I didn't have the guts to brave it. Adams Morgan wasn't horribly crowded, though there were a number of tour buses driving around. And there were some tour buses along Connecticut Avenue going into the city. And some parked at a motel in Gaithersburg, ten miles outside of the city. People from all over the country are descending on D.C. this weekend to be a part of something special. It's all summed up in the Yahoo headline I just saw: "Obama rides the rails to DC, packing nation's hope." Fantastic. So, as Obama today rode his "magic carpet made of steel" from Philadelphia, birth of our nation's independence, to Washington for the most-anticipated Inauguration in our nation's history, we reflect on the place of trains in Americana.