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  1. andersone

    Which are the most outstanding rail stations to you?

    I must vote for CUS - I was literally raised there. Creston IA - folks trying to make there world better -wonderful station agent I can also speak highly for the OLD Denver, LAX and NYC
  2. andersone

    Glacier National Park

    She Who Must Be Obeyed and I had a lovely trip to Glacier on the train in 2014. You can view my blog post of it here http://glacier2014esa.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-glacier-journal-somewhat-of.html?spref=fb Although we did not get in until 4 AM, the folks at the Glacier Lodge picked us up and...
  3. andersone

    CONO Sleeper Bucket Puzzle

    Only way I know to get to Memphis.
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    Izaak Walton Inn, Essex Montana

    The NPS Rangers have a safe bear spray training video on YouTube. We carried it religiously in YNP and Glacier. It is outlawed in Yosemite and there is a fine for leaving food in a vehicle there. Enjoy the trip
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    Izaak Walton Inn, Essex Montana

    She Who Must Be Obeyed and I stopped at the Izaak Walton in 2014 for dinner headed for East Glacier to catch the EB. I only wished we had stayed for the night and caught the train there !! She had the Stroganaff and I had a pork chop to die for. You can read my blog of that journey here...
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    Doomsday Scenario: What If Congress Stops Funding Amtrak?

    for the old timers FORGOTONIA UNITE I am showing my age again
  7. andersone

    Trains 5 and 6 in California Jan 20 - Service Disruption

    I have seen Donner Pass with fifteen feet of snow, hope you get to see it as well.
  8. andersone

    Travel insurance?

    I almost always get travel insurance, especially for LD trips. Last year I had a big junket bought and then had a stroke, making travel impossible. My TA took care of many of the cancellations. I had to send verification of my hospital stay to Amtrak and they took care of everything. Some of the...
  9. andersone

    Christmas Tree in Roomette

    Great idea,, although I will pass on the caroling,, Hope all have a happy holiday
  10. andersone

    Another newbie taking first cross country trip.

    Wrap a yard of duct tape around a pencil. Bring a surge suppressor. Bring a short extension cord with multiple outlets. Enjoy the scenery. Share your experiences when you get back.
  11. andersone

    Senators want to ensure TSA protects trains, buses and ports

    An everyone laughs when I ask for a sarcasm font
  12. andersone

    Winter travel:

    I once got to see Donner Pass with 18 ft of snow. I will never forget it.
  13. andersone

    Amtrak Status Maps Milestone

    Well done, thanks for all your work on this
  14. andersone

    Chicago Metropolitan Lounge

    I use a very simple trick,,,, taking wire tires for the zips, i have also been known to wire tire the bag to something fixed. Not that more than a pocket knife is needed (make sure you have something to cut them with yourself) it they tug on one they have to drag two or three. We also have a...
  15. andersone

    Midwest corridor rolling stock/motive power replacement

    As an Ohio resident, I cannot absolve Kasich. Maybe they will nominate him for prez and we can say good riddance. I would love to be able to get to Cleveland rather than rely on the 3 day / week Cardinal. I would much prefer a daily Card, but as Mother used to say "If wishes were horses then...
  16. andersone

    2 killed near STL walking on tracks. #316

    Sad. Feel especially bad for the crew that will have to live with this forever. The train always wins
  17. andersone

    Lower level Coach travel

    When traveling coach, we always travel lower level. One look at my trache and there are no questions,,,, enjoy the trip
  18. andersone

    A few Empire Builder questions

    the in room bathroom is one of the reasons we never use the H room, even though i am more than eligible. To me it is bad design,,, and wasted space,,, but what do i know?
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    Coach On The Empire Builder

    When traveling coach, i always travel lower level,,, but then they take one look at my trache and never say anything. Rather my version of the scarlet letter,,,
  20. andersone

    Southwest Chief #3(25)

    Excuse me for jumping on your nerve endings DA.- Last week i went through some vary harrowing heart surgery with the instructions that no unusual measures be taken in the case of unsuccessful resuscitation, My living will clearly states the same. To write off the life a small child that...