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  •  Now isn't this ironic? (2+ / 0-)
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    Lilyvt, Janet 707

    I lived in Chicago years ago when the Santa Fe Chief was running.  

    I used to take the train from Chicago to Oklahoma City to see my parents, then on to Temple, TX to see my Austin friends (the train didn't run to Austin - pals had to drive to Temple to pick me up).  

    I made the trip a couple times a year.  What a treat!  Fabulously interesting people, a dining car (with terrific food), a club car (with terrific drinks and games) and an observation car (with a glass top and windows all around for a panoramic view).  I never had the money for a private compartment, but I don't think the trip could have been any better with private sleeping quarters.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:53:05 PM PDT

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    •  Well.... (0+ / 0-)

      I lived north of Austin, and it was a trek to go all the way into Austin when we could drive to Taylor, TX and catch the train.  Little whistle stop place, but it was fine.
      Going to CA, we caught the train in Taylor at night, traveled to San Antonio (not a very long trip) and had a long layover, waiting to hook up with the Sunset Limited to go to CA.
      The food was good, the company was interesting, the observation car was, well, an observation car (lots of desert!) with movies at night, and I did get a compartment....which was fabulous (you get to take a shower! And all the meals are included in the price of the room).
      I just find train travel, though it may take longer, to be so much more relaxing.

      I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

      by Lilyvt on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 04:28:18 PM PDT

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