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The "train guy" has a lot to say about why rail travel is still hard to book — and how that might start getting easier.

Aaron Gowell sometimes describes himself as the “token train guy.”

He is accustomed to trains getting short shrift from the traveling public, especially in the U.S., but the CEO and co-founder of  SilverRail is on a mission to make it easy to book train travel online by building a digital infrastructure for the global rail industry.

At the Skift Global Forum recently, Gowell talked about the difficulty in booking travel across multiple platforms and modes of transportation. He joined Skift editor and podcast host Hannah Sampson backstage in the Skift Take Studio for an encore discussion that touched on American attitudes toward train travel, the investments other countries are making in rail, and recent breakthroughs with online travel agencies.

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This mini-episode is one of several conversations we’re bringing you from backstage at the Skift Global Forum. The Skift Take Studio series is presented by Mastercard, a payments technology company that is enabling loyalty, security and data solutions for the global travel industry.

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