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@ahblid @ChuckFarina I think your as frustrated with Congress as the rest of us. Remember, it all starts at the top..
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars
How many cars will be used in the west, where we have real open country? I'll bet none for quite some time. The east coast always gets the new stuff first. Why?
@GeorgeSchwarz I loved the Kansas City station. I think all that it is lacking is a first class waiting area, and a better trip down to the trains.
9 months, 1 week ago on LA, DC Among Most Beautiful Train Stations
My home station, Union Station LA
Apply for the AMTRAK Guest Rewards card. Soon you will be enjoying free travel on AMTRAK, in a roomette or bed room. Plus you get to eat steak for dinner, Rail Road French Toast for breakfast, Angus burgers for lunch, and many more choices. All included in the cost of first class. You also sit in a first class waiting lounge at many stations, loaded with coffee, sodas, cookies and snacks. Queen Ann chairs or a sofa and Television, newspapers, and magazines.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on 10 Tips for Sleeping Overnight in Coach
There's even a shower down there. Were you in the sleeper car. In the sleepers, which are forward of the dining car, there are three or four restrooms down stairs, as well as a shower. There are also two restrooms upstairs. If you get the Bed Room, you get your own bath room/shower and a wash basin, bunk beds and two day time seats.
Bring Benadryl, 'cause your going to need some knock out pills in order to sleep in coach. Take my advice and pay for at least the roomette, better is the bed room.
@EricaVedder @Amtrak Eric: The Coastal Starlight has the wine and cheese tasting. Also, the Empire Builder stops in Glacier National Park, you might want to see that. Are you catching the Empire Builder out of Portland or Seattle, you have a choice, it leaves from both places and they hook up in Spokane, WA
1 year, 4 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
Not for long! The new view liners on the East Coast are being built with out the toilet in the roomette.
Eric: I'm taking the Chief this fall to Kansas City. Is it a pretty good train, i.e.clean and the help good? I was not impressed with the Empire Builder. I love the Coastal Starlight. Let me know. Happy Rail Roading.
P.S. Your right, the food is good!
Having ridden long distance on the train on several occasions, I can share this with you. You never want to do it in coach (maybe one night at most) you need a room of some kind. It is cheaper to fly than go by rail with a room. It is not for everyone. When you fly, you will get there the same day, by train from LA to NY it will take 3 nights, to Chicago 2 nights. If you decide to do this, check your big bag but carry a smaller carry on into the room. This bag will have a change of shirt or blouse, jammies and toiletries. The roomettes are sort of cramped.
Now for the benefits! You and your significant other will reconnect in the room. I usually bring music and reading material, we talk allot. Also, you'll ge to see the country like you would never see it. All meals are included with a room and it is way better than airline food. I would suggest at first you try a one night trip. From LA to Portland or Seattle is one night. You 'll see all sorts of beautiful sights on that trip, the Pacific and the Cascade Mountains.
Tabetha: I've been on the Sunset Limited and it was Okay. Probably because it starts in Los Angeles. I understand that it no longer goes all the way to the East Coast in Florida. Also, the Empire Builder was not as nice at the Coastal Starlight. I will be riding the South West Chief this fall and I'll see what that is like. The East Coast gets all the new products. They also have the Bullet Train when it should have been built in the wide opens spaces of the West. That way it could actually get up to 200 mph at times. Happy Rail Roading. I still prefer it to flying. Having a toilet in a roomette would be a great advantage. My question to AMTRAK is this, when do we get them in the West?
That figures, they're always spending money on the trains of the Eastern Corridor, because all the politicians ride on those trains. However, I am a Westerner and proud of it, we've always managed with less in the West. That's why I get the full blown sleeper, cause you get your own shower as well!
It is good protocol to tip your porter at the end of the trip. If they have been attentive to our needs, I usually tip them $20.0 to $25.00 at the end of the ride. Also, I know the meals are free, however, you should still leave the appropriate tip for the dollar value of your meal. Roomettes are nice, bedrooms are much better. Also, I don't think you get a private toilet in a roomette, unless the people on the East Coast are much more privileged than us on the west coast. Just from the picture shown, I can see that they have newer cars on the East Coast. With a room, you do get a private toilet, sink, and shower. Also much more space. They do cost more though.