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Most scenic parts of Amtrak routes traversed during the night?

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railiner

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I rememeber having dinner in the dining car with normal lighting and you could see Denver at night pretty well. I drew a diagram of the big 10 curve on the table to explain to my table mates the track layout we would be going through.

Do I win a train geek award for that? :p
Sure. I'll award you the Brass Figlagee, with Bronze Oak Leaf Palms...
 

anumberone

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The night view into Denver doesn't work well in the reflective glass topped lounge. I haven;t seen it recently but some conductors would turn off the main lighting in the coaches and passengers would oooh and awww. About once or twice a year Train 5 is so late that it offers the night view, reminiscent of the westbound former D&RGW Prospector.
Maybe the reflective glass dimmed the lights, I think probably I wasn't paying attention at the right time. That particular train was running 6 or 7 hrs late, maybe someone had already shut out the lights.
 

Siegmund

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I remember the descent into Denver on 6 being quite pretty from the lounge car - but do not remember if the lights were dimmed or not (it's been a long time ago.)

But it's pretty much impossible to see dim or moonlight-illuminated scenery from coach or lounge; when I get a roomette, it's for the view at night with the room darkened/hallway curtain drawn, more so than for the bed.
 

flitcraft

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This isn't Amtrak, but on Via's Canadian, the Thompson and Fraser River Canyons east of Kamloops are usually traversed at night, though due to a late Canadian, we saw them during the day. They're spectacular.
 

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If we are including VIA Trains into the mix then I have a segment to nominate.

On the Ocean from Mont Joli to Campbellton, especially the area near Matapedia. If you are lucky and a bit late going eastbound you will get the area near the Matapedia in daylight.

Then on the Canadian westbound.

Edmonton-Jasper is in darkness.
Kamloops-Vancouver is in darkness.

Eastbound on the Canadian.
Hope-Valemont is in darkness.

And I love Saskatchewan and find it an underrated part of the country.
 

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If we are including VIA Trains into the mix then I have a segment to nominate.

On the Ocean from Mont Joli to Campbellton, especially the area near Matapedia. If you are lucky and a bit late going eastbound you will get the area near the Matapedia in daylight.
Eastbound, sunrise started at Matapedia last November and it's a good thing - the next several miles are beautiful at dawn.
 
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