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    How likely to make a Capitol Ltd/SWC connection?

    I'm in the planning stages of a cross-country trip. One leg would be Capitol Ltd from DC to Chicago, where I will catch the SWC back home to Los Angeles. Is the CL normally on time into Chicago? Would you consider this a safe enough connection? We'll already have spent a couple of days in...
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    What's the longest vacation you've taken by train?

    I'm curious as to how long your vacations by train usually last, whether the trip includes multiple train routes or just one route. I'm considering a trip next year that would be a total of 14 nights, out of which six would be spent on various Amtrak routes and the remaining eight nights spread...
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    How many hours do you consider safe between train routes?

    If planning a trip that involves two routes, how many hours minimum do you consider "safe" to not worry about a late arrival meaning you miss your connecting train? For example, if I took the Capital Ltd from DC to Chicago, with an expected arrival time of 8:45 am, and planned on catching the...
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    SWC and CZ: which is best east and which is best west?

    I'm in very early planning stages of a coast-to-coast trip. Starting and ending point is Los Angeles, where I live. Cities to be visited include Chicago, Washington DC, and Boston. Some possibility I'll add in a fourth city, depending on our budget. If I were to take the SWC in one direction to...
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    Luggage storage in LA Union Station?

    Hubby and I are taking the Sunset Ltd to San Antonio next month. We are taking the Metrolink down to Union Station, and will arrive 1.5 hours before the Sunset departs. I cannot find this info anywhere online, and hope someone here knows the answer: Is there somewhere we can leave our bags...
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    Probably dumb question about placement of engine

    Yesterday, hubby and I rode the Pacific Surfliner home from a three-day holiday in San Diego. We had a great time in San Diego seeing the usual tourist attractions: Seaworld, San Diego Zoo, Midway Museum.  However, several minutes after the taxi driver dropped us off at the train station for our...
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    Shared showers for roomettes questions

    On a one-night trip, I just wait until I arrive at the hotel (or home) before taking a shower, but I'm booked on a two-night-each-way trip in the spring. Roomette on superliner (Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle). I assume there are clean towels available for the shared shower in the sleeper? Do I have...
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    Texas Eagle 21 or 421?

    I have a dumb question: If I'm booking a trip home from Austin to Los Angeles, and do not want to have to move into a different sleeper during the changeover from Texas Eagle to Sunset Limited at San Antonio, do I want to book a roomette on the 21 or the 421? Heading out, we'll be going from...
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    Late night/early morning arrivals

    Still working on my cross-country train trip planning. I'm curious how you all handle middle-of-the-night or very early am arrival times. Is it easy to catch an Uber at 5:00 AM, for example, or at two in the morning? What do you do when it's way too early to start sightseeing? Or you arrive at...
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    Suggestions for cross-country routes

    Hubby and I are considering a cross-country trip next year. We've twice ridden the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to Portland and enjoyed that very much, but having already ridden that line, I'd like to try others. I'd love suggestions on the best LD trains/routes to see the most interesting...
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