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Nothing like a trip on the Texas Eagle to cure one's addiction to train travel.
The Texas Eagle is the last train I would recommend for someone’s introduction to Amtrak long distance travel. Unfortunately, if you are traveling through some of the Nation’s biggest cities, St Louis,Dallas Fort Worth and San Antonio from Chicago that’s your only logical choice.A shame these huge population centers are served with substandard train service.
 
#22 past Saint Louis this morning has two units, so I guess this is a permanent thing.
If so, it's probably because someone finally realized it is more cost effective to add a unit rather than risk the cost result of a single unit having mechanical problems, which results in busing and/or cancelation, and is occurring more often.
 
Talked to a Amtrak Agent in St Louis and she said Traditional Dining and Sightseer Lounge Cars are slowing returning. She said a decision on the Texas Eagle hasn’t been made yet, but she’s optimistic it will return.
Let's hope it happens in our Lifetime!
( and the Cap and CONO need it also!)
 
I'm taking a solo trip on the Texas Eagle in two weeks from Fort Worth to LA that will have a roughly 5 hour layover in San Antonio.
Should I get off and explore the SA area or stay on the train? It is scheduled to arrive at 9:45pm Monday night. Thanks!
 
I would recommend checking out the Alamo and the Riverwalk which are relatively short and reasonable walks from the station. As I recall you do have to cross a major street and you pass by a Dennys which may also be a pleasant stop after the Texas Eagle non-dining. As far as I could tell the area seems fairly safe but others might know for sure. It might also be advisable to recruit several other passengers so you can go in a group. You could also Uber there.

When I stayed in the area a few years ago, I noticed that there were always people stopping by the Alamo - at all hours of the night. It is certainly a great attraction. The security guards there were helpful and pleasant and of course provided a sense of security at 1 or 2 a.m. I think I went to the Alamo for a brief time every night when I stayed at a hotel on the Riverwalk.
 
I'm taking a solo trip on the Texas Eagle in two weeks from Fort Worth to LA that will have a roughly 5 hour layover in San Antonio.
Should I get off and explore the SA area or stay on the train? It is scheduled to arrive at 9:45pm Monday night. Thanks!
I walked over to Dennys and grabbed a bite to eat, and afterwords about 5 of us stood outside our car talking but the weather at that time was nice.
 
Just to clarify, the Alamo interior is closed at night and you cannot tour the building then. But the spacious and well-lighted plaza in front of the Alamo is open and the front of the Alamo is well-lit. Many people seem to enjoy stopping by at night to look at the building, read the historical displays out front and chat with the security officers. It is close to the Riverwalk and the Dennys and is well worth a visit.

When I walked from my hotel on the Riverwalk to the station in the early morning to catch the Eagle to Chicago, I made it a point to take a brief detour on the way and stop by the Alamo for a last look.
 
I am taking the Eaglette from Chicago to Austin later this month, and I have a roomette. How strict are they going to be about the size of my carry-on luggage? The two “bags” are somewhat smaller than the size allowed, but the “personal item” is somewhat larger.
 
I am taking the Eaglette from Chicago to Austin later this month, and I have a roomette. How strict are they going to be about the size of my carry-on luggage? The two “bags” are somewhat smaller than the size allowed, but the “personal item” is somewhat larger.
I’ve never had anyone check the size of my carry on bags on Amtrak before.
 
If the south bound Texas Eagle is ontime and I board in Austin, is dinner still available? If it is what would be the cutoff time if the train were late?

Thank you
 
I suggest eating dinner before you get on the train. They have flex dining on the Eagle, and a full service diner with the regular menu after you leave San Antonio going west.
Amen to that. They will feed you, but it is blah food, and they will rush you, or insist that you eat in your room. Eat well before boarding, and look forward to Breakfast in west Texas.
 
What Steve and Widfara wrote. There is no point in taking a flex dinner when anything you have at home or eat near the AMTRAK station in Austin is far superior. Anything. Complementary bad food is still bad food. Repeating: good food starts after San Antonio.

You could take your complementary beverage, of course. It comes sealed in a bottle.
 
I'm getting on the Eaglet on March 12th, and plan to take the time to buy breakfast for me and my friend who takes me to the station. I wish I could get a pizza delivered in Fort Worth or Dallas.
Ft Worth has a Subway located inside the Intermodel Station.

Lots of Passengers( Amtrak and Bus Passengers) grab food there, but if you decide to go into the Station, be sure and check with the OBS on how much time you have since the Northbound #22/#422 Stop isn't as long as the #21/#421 Stop.

The Dallas stop usually is quick, so I wouldn't try to order food there.
 
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Ft Worth has a Subway located inside the Intermodel Station.

Lots of Passengers( Amtrak and Bus Passengers) grab food there, but if you decide to go into the Station, be sure and check with the OBS on how much time you have since the Northbound #22/#422 Stop isn't as long as the #21/#421 Stop.

The Dallas stop usually is quick, so I wouldn't try to order food there.
If you have the time to pick up Subway, they'll sell you a personal pizza. (We get those occasionally from our local Subway.)
 
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