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Yeah but they made me return it . . .
Yep! Took the train to New York a couple of summers ago. I love train travel.
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Took the train to Chicago and then another one to Toronto.
How was the Toronto route?
It was beautiful but slow. Two hours trapped in a train waiting to get through US customs at Niagra Falls sucked. But once we crossed into Canada the trains ran like greased butter.
We take it to California once a year. Cheaper than flying with kids.
When I worked for the railroad some co-workers and I had Amtrak passes for seats only. We'd get on at Lawrence and purchase the first drawing room accomodation that became available and play poker all the way to LA. After about a 2 hour layover there we'd get on the train back and sleep/sightsee all the way home. It was always cool up in the dome car and a great way to see the country -if you could get a seat up there.
Back when my dad worked for the UP my parents belonged to the JOT, the employees club. My mom was actually a national officer one year and they went to Sun Valley, ID for the annual national convention several times. UP would make up special trains for employees to meet up with other employees on the line for picnics and such. There was always an "adults only" car where they would drink and play cards.
Not Lawrence, but KC a few times.
No, but we are planning one this summer. Can't wait!
I had to answer "no" to the poll but I have been through the station on a train numerous times. My dad worked for the Union Pacific when I was growing up and we could travel anywhere on their line for free, something my parents made use of frequently. As an adult, I train traveled on Amtrak back and forth to Portland any number of times when I lived there. I love train travel.
The last time I went to Portland on Amtrak, I took the southwest route from KC to LA through Albuquerque. From LA I took the Coast Starlight Special up to Portland. The trip took me three days and I think I loved every minute of it.
Yes, I left from Lawrence on the Southwest Chief just this past summer for my first Amtrak experience. I loved it. It was very comfortable with oversized recliner seats, tons of legroom, and an electrical outlet for my laptop beside my seat. The observation car was beautiful - a wonderful place to enjoy the sunrise or sunset. And there were none of the hassles of air travel. I will be using Amtrak again!
It's a bit more of a pain if you go to the LA end of that route, since it adds a lot of days to your travel, but the Chicago route doesn't take much longer than flying, and it so much more comfortable and relaxing.
My first train ride was in the late '50's to Colorado. I remember sitting in the dome car taking in the scenery. To a kid being who had been living on the flat plains for five years, it was breathtaking.
Yep, took the El Capitan home for the 4th of July break in 1966. Oops, that was not Amtak. That was the Santa Fe. Looks like the same thing happened to you, Starlight.
Since gas prices spiked, taking the train to Chicago is the way to go. Cheap tickets if one plans ahead. No hassles, friendly people--I can always find someone who wants to play cards or meet new, interesting people, able to move around from car to car, grab a snack or pack my own, and bring back extra luggage without being penalized. Everyone on the train is very accommodating. I don't even think about driving to Chicago anymore--don't have to worry about speeding tickets, wear and tear on the car, road construction, etc. It's just easier to take the train.
I'm not sure if you take any of the train routes besides the Southwest Chief, but if you take that train route to southern California, you are looking at the exact same scenery that the train passengers of well over 100 years ago admired.
The train tunnels are now larger, but they are in the exact same locations. So, if you take that route through the Rocky Mountains, you are reliving history.
I've taken it to Chicago and to St. Louis. My husband has taken it to Harper's Ferry several times when visiting family and the kids have headed west to LA.
Just about the best thing is that the depot is close to downtown and when you get off the train it doesn't take long to get home. Compare that with air travel!
No, but the next time I take a train trip I will.
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Several times from Lawrence to Santa Fe (Lamy) New Mexico. Train trip is about 13 hours, about the same time as driving straight through. Get on, eat breakfast in dining car around Dodge or Garden City, lunch around Raton Pass and into Lamy mid-afternoon. Great scenery following the Santa Fe Trail; even had an interpreter in the dome car.
I've taken the train several times, it's a great asset to this town. You have to love a mode of transportation that sells cocktails and gives you a recliner.
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