I have already put some thought into backup plans....
If I take this option... I would make three separate reservations:
1. STL-BNL - Texas Eagle - for the portion of the trip that is part of the agenda for the Gathering
2. BNL-CHI - Texas Eagle
3. CHI-KCY - Southwest Chief
Sunday morning, I would print the tickets for Segment #1... and if it looked like the Texas Eagle was on track to arrive on-time in CHI, I would print segment #2.
I wouldn't print Segment #3 until arrival in Chicago.
If things go wrong before we even leave STL, I can get full refunds on the BNL-CHI and CHI-KCY tickets... and purchase/print tickets from BNL or Springfield back to KC on the Lincoln Service & MORR.
If things go wrong between STL and Springfield, I will be able to get a 100% Service Credit for the unused, but printed BNL-CHI tickets via mail or at the ticket counter (right?) and get a full refund for the unprinted SW Chief tickets... I can get online and purchase tickets back to KCY via the Lincoln Service and MORR... printing them at the quiktrak in Springfield.
The only area I don't have a good backup for is if something goes wrong after the Texas Eagle leaves Springfield... there are no quiktraks at Carlinville or Lincoln... and if we are late enough to jeopardize my connection in Chicago, we would already be arriving in Bloomington-Normal well after #303 leaves (which is the last SB Lincoln that connects to the MORR)
Sorry for the rambling message... but I am hoping for feedback on my plans... Am I over analyzing this (I often do that!) or do I have a legitimate concern?
Edited by chertling, 23 April 2010 - 01:58 PM.