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  1. Trollopian

    Northern Puget Sound by Rail, Bus and Boat

    Except the birthplace of Matthew H. Fish! I hope there's a plaque.
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    Amtrak dining and cafe service

    Yeah, I'm a born skeptic, but it sounded like this wasn't pure "brand boasting." If the LSG manager's remark that Aramark doesn't do meals-in-motion very well is correct, it could be an astute observation. I think of Aramark as ballpark food. Aramark's own website advertises that it "provides...
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    Another week in the UK on other random rails

    Superb trip report, Trainman, and I'll be sure to be careful of my fishing poles and helium balloons when in Wales.
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    A little "training" in Europe

    I'm sure it has changed...but my "adult" experience with the European version of what we Americans call Blue Laws (I recognize 'em from growing up in Prudish Pennsylvania) came in Scotland. A rainy, foggy, gloomy, Sunday night in late October 1982. I had traveled up that day on the Flying...
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    More Greyhound cutbacks and comparison with airlines

    I adore Miles and applaud his parents who had the foresight to name him...Miles, on which he's capitalized so cleverly. What would be yours? "Fishtailing?"
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    Amtrak vs spouse/partner

    There is no Mr. Trollopian, but if he hypothetically liked trains, opera, baseball, classic English novels, and vegetarian food, great. Three out of five would be good.
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    Crossing Canadian border with food and beverage?

    That sounds like the right quantity of "Adult Beverages," as our friend Bob Dylan would call them, for a 5-day rail journey!
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    Pittsburgh Amtrak Station past, present and future

    Thanks, PaTrainFan, for the shoutout, and here's the link to my earlier post: Pittsburgh Amtrak Station past, present and future, with glorious vintage photo of Pittsburgh's, er, Pittsburg's*, Pennsylvania Station in the golden era of rail travel. Of course in Pittsburgh that would've been the...
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    Remembering the Golden Age of Airline Food

    I can't remember which puddle-jumper itinerary it was, but I vividly remember once a pilot emerging from behind that curtain, visually guessing everybody's Body Mass Index (BMI), and reassigning folks to other seats so as to "balance the load." It, um, really boosted confidence. Not. I'm a...
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    BART discussion

    My cat, Black Bart, is following this discussion with keen interest.
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    Bring your own food options?

    But, but, but...what do you do on the return trip, if you've traveled from the pop to the soda belt? 'Soda,' 'pop,' or 'coke': More than 400,000 Americans weighed in, and a map of their answers is exactly what you'd expect
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    Bring your own food options?

    Ah, I was trying scrupulously to be nonpolitical, but I'm glad someone caught the callout to a classic campaign cringe moment ;). Embarrassing that passengers on Vietnams's poky "Reunification Express" eat so much better than Amtrak's...
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    Bring your own food options?

    Consider bringing a variety of "crudité" (Dr. Oz)/"vegetable tray" (Sen. Fetterman), whichever you call it, and a tub of hummus and/or baba ghanouj. Very healthful and no worries about refrigeration. Add some pita bread for scooping every last bit.
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    First time rider - Norfolk to Boston

    Amtrak's in-station and on-board announcements will probably be about as intelligible as they were in Mongolia. But less jocularly...are you returning the same way? Norfolk isn't a particularly busy station and the boarding process will be very clear. I'm less sure if that's true of Boston...
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    An ode to "slow travel" - Vietnam by rail

    Another tidbit to whet your appetite, er, interest: "What I didn’t end up needing was the emergency banh mi, crackers and package of cookies I packed. You’ll never go hungry on the Reunification Express, as the food and drink carts come by often." Sigh.
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    An ode to "slow travel" - Vietnam by rail

    From the Washington Post. "I wanted to see the country in a different way, so I decided to skip the short flight from Ho Chi Minh City [former Saigon] to Hanoi and take two overnight trains over three days instead...The result was just as I hoped." First leg was on the 22+ hour "Reunification...
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    New Member

    Welcome to AU. Hope to see yinz on the Capitol Limited someday.
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    Amtrak dining and cafe service

    I surfed over to the international forum (AU fans: the post is Snow and Cognac in 1971), followed the links, and read every word. It's truly evocative of time and place, parts of which endure (the Basque country remains poor and sparse), some of which such as Fascist Spain and divided Berlin...
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    Amtrak dining and cafe service

    Now we clamor to hear more about that "adventure," Willbridge. C'mon, you're the best raconteur on AU.
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    Earth Day 2023

    Cheer up, I think you can also eat alligators and snakes and muskrats and crawdads. ;)