I’m traveling to Texas today from LV via thruway bus & Texas Eagle

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iliketrains

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Hello everyone! I am experiencing the thruway bus from Las Vegas to LA Union then boarding the Texas Eagle to Texas. I am at the bus station now and the bus is scheduled to depart in about an hour. I plan to post information and pictures here as I journey. I flew to Vegas but it’s Amtrak back to Texas.

So far the employees here at Greyhound station have been very friendly and helpful. In fact, I called the station at 1am to ask a question and someone answered and was very polite. The bus station is in the old original section of Vegas across the street from the Plaza Hotel and Casino. I urbered here from the Trump International and had breakfast at the Plaza Hotel. There are a few people who look like the shouldn't be here but there are security guards everywhere. I feel very safe. The station is crowded! They did not check my bags for the Amtrak bus but tagged them so I can give to the bus driver to do a bus-side check.

Stay tuned!!
 

iliketrains

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Ok I’m on the bus. We should have departed 20 minutes ago but we are just sitting here. The bus is full with not one vacant seat. I have already become aquatinted with my seat mate who is a nice gentleman from Kenya traveling to San Diego. The Amtrak passengers were called first to board and it was about 20 of us. The bus is one of the new Greyhound buses and is very clean. It has free Wi-FI which am using right now The seats are super wide and very comfortable. I am a big guy and fit very comfortably.
 

iliketrains

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Here are some pics I just snapped on the bus. The pic of the building under construction is the new stadium for the soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders. The gold colored building is Trump Tower. The pic of the mountainous scenery is a few miles outside of Las Vegas.
 
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iliketrains

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I just saw a highway sign stating LA was 222 miles away and Barstow was 105 miles away. I read several places on the Internet that we stop at Barstow for a long break to allow passengers to get lunch. One passenger sitting near me who frequents this route also confirmed that we will be stopping in Barstow for lunch.
 

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I just saw a highway sign stating LA was 222 miles away and Barstow was 105 miles away. I read several places on the Internet that we stop at Barstow for a long break to allow passengers to get lunch. One passenger sitting near me who frequents this route also confirmed that we will be stopping in Barstow for lunch.
Going to be cold and blowing 25mph in Barstow. Snow on the Cajon Enjoy your trip. I am!
 
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iliketrains

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Well we just stopped in Baker and purchased snacks. Therefore I don’t if we are stopping in Barstow. We’ll see. I am still in awe that I saw snow. Why is it so cold here?
 

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You will see more snow when you go through the Cajon Pass between Victorville and San Bernardino. A 3 hour late SWC was treated to that earlier this morning.
 

iliketrains

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Well we zipped through Barstow without stopping. However I think San Bernardino is scheduled stop? I’m not sure. I think it’s the next major city we travel through. I know it’s about 70 miles between Barstow and San Bernardino.
 

iliketrains

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Siri says we are 49 miles away from LA. Many people on this forum complain about this thruway bus service but I have no complaints. I enjoyed the scenery, taking pictures, and talking to my seat mate. The time went by extremely quickly! See you all at LA Union!!
 
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Hey I see two separate train tracks with freight trains traveling. Is this the former Las Vegas-Las Angeles Amtrak route?
I believe there are three tracks through Cajon (BNSF and UP) and yes, that was part of the route to Las Vegas. It is still currently used by the Southwest Chief.
 

iliketrains

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Finally made it to LA Union Station. I’m in a sleeper so I get to go into the Metro Lounge. You have to ring a bell and the attendant comes and checks to see if you are on the list. He then gives a tour of the lounge and escorts you to the locked room to store luggage. My attendant is Daniel and is very helpful and full of information.

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I am now ready to walk around the station and grab a bite to eat.
 

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iliketrains

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I believe there are three tracks through Cajon (BNSF and UP) and yes, that was part of the route to Las Vegas. It is still currently used by the Southwest Chief.
Great information!

There are some folks here in lounge leaving on the Chief. They are nice folks.
 

iliketrains

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The Christmas tree at night. Also the Met Lounge is now full because of the Southwest Chief departure.

Daniel just admitted he is getting confusing information about which track the train is on LOL. At least he is honest.
 

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