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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    @Cal Oh yeah? Where abouts? If you don't mind me asking.
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    We're leaving tomorrow! So excited to see the country on the train. It's always been a goal of mine and hopefully we'll do it more often.
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    I'm told there's the sightseer lounges back online and I've even seen them here in San Diego on the Pacific Surfliners as I go for my walks. I'm not much for the smoke, but I do plan on bringing some wine 😁
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    LoL As for going with the flow -- absolutely 😄 I decided to leave the laptop home, as I run a business and am usually tethered to it. As @anumberone reminded me, it's a reminder of that. I think our smart phones with a few downloaded movies and a kindle for reading are enough. After all, if I...
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    Roomette Benefits?

    With everyone required to wear masks regardless, I don't see much benefit in paying several times more for a roomette. As long as you're vaccinated and wearing a mask, it seems safe to me. Just another note on safety - Amtrak says they do a 100% "air exchange" from the outside about every 5...
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    Upgrade/Companion/Lounge Coupons: seeking, available, questions

    Does anyone have a lounge coupon or two they're not using? I really want to try the lounge in Chicago on the 16th between trains. TIA
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    Which side has the best views? Southwest Chief and Capitol Limited

    It seems I'll get a good view coming and going then. Thanks for your input!
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    Which side has the best views? Southwest Chief and Capitol Limited

    Thank you for the detailed response! It seems like the left side wins, heading East 😄 I had never heard of Semaphore Signals, although after a quick Google search, I recognize them from movies. That would be cool to see!
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    New member, new rider

    I'm new as well! See you around the board!
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    Cafe Car seating open?

    Thank you! I just confirmed this with Amtrak on the phone (Loooooong wait time.) She said she didn't see a dining car connected to any trains until July 1st. Part of the delay she said is getting the Amtrak staff back on board working again. Too late for my trip but hopefully this helps...
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    Cafe Car seating open?

    I'm trying to find this out for the Southwest Chief and Capitol Limited as well. When I find out anything, I'll report back.
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    Which side has the best views? Southwest Chief and Capitol Limited

    I'll be taking the Southwest Chief from LA to Chicago next week and going up to DC on the Capitol Limited. What side would you say has the best views?
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    See, that's great! That's what I'm trying to keep myself open to - Meeting the "cool, unique, weird, crazy people" which tend to hang out in coach! 😁 As a 50-something myself, I DO appreciate more comfort, but I try to balance that with meeting interesting people. Same goes with hotels, for...
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    Thanks for the tip, I was wondering about that. I'm considering whether or not to bring my laptop. I was mainly considering it to play downloaded Netflix or something. However, I could just stick with my phone. I'll have a kindle for reading as well, which may be enough!
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    Thank you, I will try to give it a go!
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    I don't sleep easily in the first place, so I'm looking forward to that second night of exhaustion 😄
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    I'll be on the Southwest Chief from LAX to CHI and back (42 hours.) For CHI to WAS and back, I'm taking the Capitol Limited (18 hours.) Thanks for the tip. I just got a neck pillow and I'm shopping for a sleep mask right now. Wife is bringing a slightly embarrassing "cat blanket."
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    👆 Agreed - That's the #1 plan
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    Good to hear you had good experiences with coach! I see mixed comments about it on the forum, compared to sleepers which is understandable. I do remember when I had traveled in Europe and used a Eurail pass, I actually enjoyed sitting in coach vs a sleeper, which surprised me. Taking a page...
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    Hello! Going on my first overnight trip soon!

    Hello everyone! I've been reading posts for a few weeks to research our trip and finally decided to join the forum. Looks like a good group of folks here! I've always enjoyed short trips by train, whether it be Amtrak or the local Metro around Southern California where I live. It all began...
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