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@Tucker, 2 words: "Nailed. It." How MANY times, after breathlessly relating my most recent (or upcoming) "Traincations", have I had folks say, "I've always wanted to ride/sleep/dine on one of those long distance Amtrak trains. . . ."? What're you WAITING FOR, America? Ya just pick up the phone and make a reservation and show up when they tell ya to. It's not rocket science. It's OUR Nation, OUR Nation's Railroad, and OUR people, OUR landscapes, and their stories waiting! Just. For. YOU!
4 months ago on Train Trips = Strong Memories
Res. agents, Website development folks, ROW maintenance guys (and gals!), Superliner chefs and their kitchens (whom we the passengers never see!?!?), provisioning (how DOES getting ice to a train, in San Antonio or Albuquerque, in July, work?). Central baggage office, lost & found, and anything with dogs. I'd also like to see Station personnel from THE smallest stations and THE largest stations 'switch out' for a day. Someplace like here in LRK, with 2 trains a day, both in the middle of the night, must be a VERY different experience than, say, NYP any given Friday or CHI, the day before Thanksgiving, and vice-versa.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on How I Work: Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman
It's a pretty good list. I'd only add 2 small, Dollar Store items for carry-on bags/people utilizing the AWESOME sleeper options onboard. The first is a small, LED penlight that can clip onto your bag. The other would be a 4-6 outlet power strip if you're bringing a phone, a laptop, etc. and have more than one person traveling.
1 year ago on What to Bring on an Overnight Train Ride
@wilton_woods @LoudintheHouse NAILED IT.
1 year, 3 months ago on Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars
@BigUglyMike1 It's worth EVERY NICKEL!
What's my favorite part about riding the California Zephyr? The anticipation that as early as sometime next year i'll be able to ride it for the first time and check ANOTHER long distance Amtrak route off my "bucket list"! If it's HALF as awesome as last month's "Empire Builder" experience, it'll be worth every nickel!
1 year, 4 months ago on California Zephyr Named Fan Favorite
YAY! Can't wait to book an East Coast long distance train and ride summa these next year as I continue through my 'bucket list' of every Amtrak train, at least once, in my life.
1 year, 4 months ago on Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars
@BigWill With a big trip like that, it's better to wait and plan and do it right than try and throw it together. I'm about to do Sea-Chi myself 2 wks from today, the Sea-LA i've done, and parts of the LA-NO, and NO-Chi i've done. Happy to help w/any advice on any of it...Have yall looked at one of the Amtrak rail passes? There's a link on their website that explains in pretty good detail how it works with 15, 30, and 45 day passes that might be cheaper than all the one-ways. ALSO, remember that the sleeper charge is A)not included in the rail fare OR passes BUT that its cost is the same whether 1,2,or 3 ppl (sharing a deluxe bedroom, for example, which cuts the per-person cost to NOTHIN...esp. when you work in the value of the cost of meals onboard for all 3) are in the room; B)worth EVERY CENT-esp on long-distance routes, and C) sleeper compartments, like the basic fare,vary by price SIGNIFICANTLY ($100 or more) based on what day of week/time of year/how far in advance, etc. you book it. Your adventure sounds like its date-flexible, so amtrak's website is really good about just plugging in random dates for the price variable a sleeper compartment represents. You might find that leaving on a Tuesday, the same compartment on the same train is 10-20% cheaper than if you left on a Friday or Sunday.
1 year, 5 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
@Evilkitty To get to San Diego, you'll hafta be going thru LA Union Passenger Terminal...when you change to your San Diego train, grab seats on the right side (the side on the west side of the train going s/b)...about an hour or so out of Los Angeles, your JAWS WILL DROP. I just did this trip 2 mos ago and you will NOT believe how close you are, physically, to the Pacific Ocean for a solid HOUR of the journey. Whales in the ocean, Marine Base Camp Pendleton, the now-shuttered San Onofre nuke plant, it's just SPECTACULAR...and that's comin' from a Springfield (IL) native son...have a Mel-O-Cream on me, and have VERY high expectations for your trip! You will NOT be disappointed!
@SusanHighley If you need any advice or have any questions, I've got a few of those kinda trips under my belt...best free advice? bring a multi-socket strip/extension cord for all the device use/recharging. Your room will have AN outlet, but a cheap, flat packed power strip will solve it.
Two weeks from today..flying to SEA from LIT to board the Empire Builder with my little roommette for the long, beautiful, bucket list trip of a lifetime to Chicago. Can't WAIT!