Amtrak doesn't tell you that there is a 1:30 AM train when trying to book #59 on 3/20. You'd think in this circumstance the # 1059 would popup but because it leaves on the 21st it doesn't. Yet another poor way to maximize ridership.
I grew up hearing the old Jersey Central from about a half mile away in Elizabeth,NJ. In San Francisco I lived on the J Church trolley line and also on the California St cable car line. Now in Jersey City I can see and hear both Amtrak NEC and NJT from bedroom window. Same is true for CSX freight.
And I wouldn't be surprised if missing items, particularly suitcases , were mistakenly taken. I know I've mistakenly taken other's bags but was "caught" in time. It's easy to do if you're not mindful when detraining.
Not having done this I checked on map and its 2.7 miles from MARTA Civic CTR (Megabus stop) to Atlanta's Amtrak station. Birmingham's Greyhound station is basically at the train depot - .1 mile away. The Nashville-Birmingham bus is also cheaper and faster.