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Old 06-10-19, 08:28 PM
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Any other long distance train travel fans?

I just started traveling by train a few years ago and I absolutely love it. I wish I had started years ago though time back then was a factor. Still is so I split things up. Fly out to the vacation spot then take the train on the way back. Makes a great way to unwind on the way back.

There are a couple of problems. First it is the time it takes to get there. But more important the delays. You very will could arrive a whole day late. So on the front end (say for a tour) you would want to pad a day at the town where you intend to start your tour. Then just spend an extra day in town for when the train arrives on time.

On the backend a late train is a bit easier to deal with. Just be sure to have an extra day off work.


Its not for everyone. There can be a lot of boredom. After all how many wheat can you look at in a day? But for me I can get enjoyment out of the fields, watching the various colors and patterns and trying to imagine how far the farmer needs to come to tend the fields Then of course there are always books and movies, talking to your fellow. passengers. If you are talented maybe bring an instrument along and play for them.

I you decide to go, be sure to get at least a roomette. I have been suck in coach twice overnight. Once by choice and once I was forced to take a different train ans lost my room on that train. A room makes all the difference in the world.

So any fans? Or anyone been thinking about doing it?

I will be coming back from a trip on the train in a few weeks. I can't wait. Next year might be Spokane and I have been trying to figure out how to make that work do to the unholy time the train leaves the station.



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i plan ahead, i ride the train at night, and do what i have to do during the day in a city,
my favorites are the monthly passes and getting to take my bike with me. and just riding around the country.
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I'd love to do a long train ride some day. But for travel here in the USA, bus is usually cheaper and covers more destinations.

Greyhound used to do this ticket where you could travel on buses, unlimited, within a specific timeframe, for a set fee. Used that to do a week's trip from Los Angeles, back home to Maine. You meet some, uh, "interesting" people traveling by bus...
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My GF tired it one way once and hated it, but listening to her talk about the trip made me think it sounded like something I would want to do.
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My GF tired it one way once and hated it, but listening to her talk about the trip made me think it sounded like something I would want to do.


You need to get a room. Coach is horrendous and I can see why anyone would hate it. You also need to select the right train. My advice the California Zephyr between Sacramento and Denver. Things get kind of boring east of Denver but I still enjoy it. But the section between Sacramento and Denver is really difficult to not enjoy.
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You need to get a room. Coach is horrendous and I can see why anyone would hate it. You also need to select the right train. My advice the California Zephyr between Sacramento and Denver. Things get kind of boring east of Denver but I still enjoy it. But the section between Sacramento and Denver is really difficult to not enjoy.
She went with a friend and they got one of the small rooms with bunk beds. I don't remember which train they took, but they went from Chicago to the California coast and flew home after staying in California for a while. She rarely takes pictures so I didn't get to see much of the train part of the trip, but I thought it would have been interesting.
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She went with a friend and they got one of the small rooms with bunk beds. I don't remember which train they took, but they went from Chicago to the California coast and flew home after staying in California for a while. She rarely takes pictures so I didn't get to see much of the train part of the trip, but I thought it would have been interesting.
If it was Sacramento / San Fransisco then probably the California Zephyr. If it was LA then probably the Southwest Chief. Both excellent routes.
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I just started traveling by train a few years ago and I absolutely love it. I wish I had started years ago though time back then was a factor. Still is so I split things up. Fly out to the vacation spot then take the train on the way back. Makes a great way to unwind on the way back.

There are a couple of problems. First it is the time it takes to get there. But more important the delays. You very will could arrive a whole day late. So on the front end (say for a tour) you would want to pad a day at the town where you intend to start your tour. Then just spend an extra day in town for when the train arrives on time.

On the backend a late train is a bit easier to deal with. Just be sure to have an extra day off work.

Its not for everyone. There can be a lot of boredom. After all how many wheat can you look at in a day? But for me I can get enjoyment out of the fields, watching the various colors and patterns and trying to imagine how far the farmer needs to come to tend the fields Then of course there are always books and movies, talking to your fellow. passengers. If you are talented maybe bring an instrument along and play for them.

I you decide to go, be sure to get at least a roomette. I have been suck in coach twice overnight. Once by choice and once I was forced to take a different train ans lost my room on that train. A room makes all the difference in the world….

So any fans? Or anyone been thinking about doing it?
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i plan ahead, i ride the train at night, and do what i have to do during the day in a city,
my favorites are the monthly passes and getting to take my bike with me. and just riding around the country
Living on the Northeast corridor, train travel is an enjoyable alternative to driving; it’s been described as “traveling though America’s backyard. I do commute in Metro Boston a lot by Commuter Rail, especially enjoyable since I ride in the reverse of the usual commuter direction.

The train is an especially good way to eliminate the Northeast Corridor tedium between Boston and Washington. When I’m going to DC, or Baltimore, I can get a 9:30 PM train, easily caught near our home, and sleep til my destination the next morning. I go by business class, and usually get on early enough for a single seat. It does arrive in Philadelphia though at the inconvenient time of about 3:00 AM.

There used to be a sleeper car, with a shower room in the car, but that has ended a few years ago.

When I’m going further south, I can pick up a rental car in DC at Union Station just after arriving, and continue further south, at my convenience. I by myself, and with the family, have taken the train all the way to Florida, but that’s too time-consuming. Similarly we have gone to Detroit, but also a cumbersome trip, arriving in Toledo around 4 AM, wih no available car rentals, and a connection to Detroit somewhat later in the day.

In any case,
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...By choice I haven’t flown since 1988, and fortunately I can pleasantly live my life within 1,000 miles of Boston, by car, train and bike [or more down the East Coast to Florida].

Airline travel seem so harassing that I don’t miss it, and the other modalities allow me to transport more, including the assembled bike [in car], to make the trip more enjoyable, and more at my convenience.
Actually though my long distance travel is more frequently with the bike in the car, though if I can secure a convenient bike rental at my destination, I do the train.

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Old 06-11-19, 03:22 PM
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i was able to get a steak so rare i swore the train hit just it , it was amazing.

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I rode the Amtrak to New Orleans and back on the "suspended" line from Florida that has been down for 15 years now. It was awesome and I would take the train anywhere, any time. You go through areas you might not otherwise see, from farms to swamps to mountains to inner cities. It's safe and non-stop and fun to watch the rest of the world have to stand by to let you pass. You can eat, read, watch movies, drink, relax. I found myself mostly watching the scenery, though.
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We used to cycle from L.A. to Santa Barbara (100 miles) and take the Amtrak Surfliner back to L.A. No charge for lugging in our bikes.
We did the same thing riding down to San Diego as well, 160 miles, Amtrak Surfliner.

My longest ever train trip was on the Bullet Train from Yokohama to Osaka, and back.
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i was able to get a steak so i swore the train hit just it , it was amazing.
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I wouldn't do it in the US but I'm interested in crossing other countries by train.

I like traveling around Europe by train.
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Did Philly to Seattle three times back in the day. Twice in coach. Once in a roomette from CHI to SEA. Didn't really mind coach. Read a lot. Loved the scenery in the Rockies (saw some mountain goats at Goat Lick) and the Cascades. All three times the train was on time or early. But again, that was back in the 90s.
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+1) .. In Europe.. did the Emeryville to Eugene Coast Starlight a few times ,

US Rail beds, Amtrak borrows from the corporation right of way owners, really suck .. train sways like I was in a boat..

even the trains in Poland, months after 'the wall' came down were better..
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