I do think 4 nights cross-country is unnecessary.
Maybe if the SL goes to Fullerton and Riverside on BNSF then use the Colton crossings to get onto UP and continue, then #763 could connect with #2 with no ill effect. To me there's no huge difference moving Pomona and Ontario down to FUL and RIV.
From SAN Pac-Surf #763
(LAX 857A irrelevant)
*PSN is Palm Springs CA
From LAX Sunset Limited #2
FUL 920A (#763 arrives FUL at 8:22A, so 58 minutes to connect, I think that's enough)
PSN 1136A (I did the math for RIV-PSN via Colton crossings and I got 82 minutes. I made it 93 to make sure it's not late, and to line it up with the current schedule on the hour.)
How many hours at NOL are needed?
If the Colton crossings are usable, then this might work.
Then again, connections to DAL are pretty late-night even without thru cars
SAS 331P (train will wait for #2)
Oh, and the burrito lady will have to relocate to ABQ cause no one wants to eat burritos at 2am!
Edited by maxbuskirk, 20 August 2016 - 12:19 AM.
I have ridden Cascades #516 (SEA-STW), Coast Starlight #14 (LAX-SLO), Southwest Chief #4 (LAX-CHI), Cardinal #50 (CHI-NYP), Northeast Regional #85 (NYP-WAS), Capitol Limited #30 (HFY-WAS), Coast Starlight #14 (LAX-PDX), Coast Starlight #11 (SLO-LAX), and many Pacific Surfliners with Amtrak. I have observed, including the previous, California Zephyr #5 at SAC (lucky), what I guess to be Crescent #19 (at WAS) and Silver Meteor #97 (at WAS), Empire Builder #28 at PDX, and Sunset Limited #2/Texas Eagle #422 at LAX. I have also ridden the Hokutosei in Japan, Ueno - Sapporo (now discontinued).