Lead Service Attendant
- Jul 20, 2013
Not sure anyone remembers me, I’ve been away from the Forum for a few years - as well as Amtrak travel. Retired in 2016 from piano teaching, and all travels since have been via the airlines - mainly due to scheduling with family. So, I haven’t been on Amtrak in nearly 5 years and am more than a little anxious to get back on board a train or 2. I’ll be heading from St. Louis to KC on the Missouri River Runner mid-March, connecting to the SWC where I’ll ride until Riverside, CA where my daughter still lives. My question(s) are mainly about what’s changed in all this time, what might I expect to be different. Specifically, is there still a BC lounge at the STL station , and having only traveled coach on the MRR in the past [not a pleasant experience, the toilets weren’t working!] is BC worth the extra cost? I’ll have a roomette for the SWC portion, has anything changed in regards to service and amenities in past 5 years? I understand the dining cars have seen more and more small touches removed due to costs cuts, but generally, is the dining car experience still a great place to meet interesting people? I’ve missed being on the Forum, and after this trip [unfortunately, only O/W this time as I’ll fly back home] I hope to be a bit more active. In all this time I never lost my love for riding the train, and I guess it sort of gets in your blood and never leaves, thus....MAKING the time for a 40 hour train trip at this point in my life. Thanks for all the help in advance, and it’s good to be back!