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  1. SouthwestDude

    Cross country trip April 2022

    Love this. Thanks for checking out the website. Allensworth is wonderful - I love it so much I have even become a "Friend of Allensworth". I love how quiet it is except for the train!
  2. SouthwestDude

    Cross country trip April 2022

    Home now. Amazing adventure... in the process of going through photos and will share soon on my blog SouthwestDude.com.
  3. SouthwestDude

    More bridge fire incidents affecting Amtrak

    Now there is a cancellation of the SW Chief for 4/23.
  4. SouthwestDude

    Amtrak dining

    As a solo traveler on the Starlight, Empire Builder and Lake Shore Limited in the last 10 days I can report that there has been no communal seating for dining on any of those trains. Is that a policy or crew decision? Dunno
  5. SouthwestDude

    Cross country trip April 2022

    and perhaps you‘ve seen the weather in Cooperstown and Utica? yikes- left Utica yesterday and changed trains - whoever thought I’d be so happy to be in Poughkeepsie?
  6. SouthwestDude

    Cross country trip April 2022

    Well, it’s been an adventure so far - just missed the trestle fire on the starlight - went through the blizzard on the empire builder (see there’s a service disruption on the 27 and 28 again for today and tomorrow). Whew! On my way to upstate New York tonight…
  7. SouthwestDude

    Cross country trip April 2022

    Thanks! Yep, I am a HUGE baseball fan and Truist is on the list in the next year or two - just not this trip!
  8. SouthwestDude

    Cross country trip April 2022

    Thanks for the positive vibes! Indeed, I am solo. My wife is still working and doesn't love trains quite as much as her old man. She does want to ride the California Zephyr when she retires in two years so I'll wait for her to do that. This trip is mostly in roomettes. I am a bit older (ahem)...
  9. SouthwestDude

    Cross country trip April 2022

    Early Monday morning I will start a 3 week, 7 train, cross country trip. I will take the Coast Starlight from Fullerton, CA to Portland and visit family. From there I'll get on the Empire Builder to Chicago. From Chicago - the Lake Shore Limited to Utica. I will rent a car and spend 2 days in...
  10. SouthwestDude

    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    Here’s the latest: In looking at my tickets today I saw that I was now booked in 3 roomettes (?) and my SWC train had been canceled again - red letters across the reservation and no QR code. I call again (only 35 minutes on hold) and they again say it’s wrong and send me a new ticket. 😡 Please...
  11. SouthwestDude

    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    They’re in a hole. Maybe no more digging for awhile?
  12. SouthwestDude

    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    Thanks! I have spoken to two agents - one helpful -one not so much - I have been told that the email and phone call I received were wrong and that my reservation was valid too and, "the left hand and the right hand ...well, you know".
  13. SouthwestDude

    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    Just received a phone call and email saying SW Chief from Chicago to Fullerton on April 30 is canceled. Called AGR and they said no - the train is NOT canceled and it is still bookable as well. What a mess.
  14. SouthwestDude

    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    Thanks - forgive my ignorance- I have an AGR account - I didn’t know there was a special number?
  15. SouthwestDude

    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    Changes at no charge? The agent had me pony up $100 for the change required by the Amtrak cancellation.
  16. SouthwestDude

    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    My cross country trip was just changed due to cancellations of the Southwest Chief. No Kansas City stop or I'd have to be there 4 days. I have a friend who just had her Zephyr trip scratched and can't find an available trip in all of May. This is crazy.
  17. SouthwestDude

    Need Amtrak trip and route planning help. Who should I contact?

    I have to weigh in. Yes, it's a long wait to speak to an Amtrak rep but it is worth it. A few months back I planned a cross country trip for my 65th birthday next year but had no idea what the fares might add up to and was worried I might not be able to afford it. I am taking the Pacific...
  18. SouthwestDude

    Fire stops Coast Starlight. Bridge burned (6/29/21)

    Outage will extend into some or all of August… https://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/coast-starlight-trains-stop-in-eugene-sacramento-after-lava-fire-scorches-rail-line-near-mount/article_0c12a73f-ffff-591f-a1ba-76fd37191099.html
  19. SouthwestDude

    New Guy, Big Plans

    Hey, thanks. Yes, that sounds right.
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