Posted 27 December 2016 - 10:17 PM
Welcome to the AU discussion forum. Australia is an interesting place to live or visit. Also, have you ridden the Ghan or the Indian Pacific? They are some of the best trains south of the Equator. And traveling around the US by Amtrak is one of the best way to do it. Also, consider spending a night or two between trains, so you can explore the area before catching your next train. Also if you have some extra money, I recommend that you upgrade to a sleeper, as it is worth the upgrade, for example meals are included, more comfortable than coachclass when you sleep, lounge access, shower access while on the train. On some trains, the sleeper cars are towards the back of the train, meaning that you get to view outside from the back window that coachclass passengers do not have the luxury of doing so on those trains.
Trains taken (Amtrak): Coast Starlight (VAN-LAX), San Joaquins (BFD-SAC, BFD-MTZ), Empire Builder (PDX-CHI), Southwest Chief, Hoosier State, California Zephyr, Sunset Limited (LAX-MRC), Capitol Limited, Lake Shore Limited (NYP-CHI), Capitol Corridor (EMY-SAC), Acela Express (WAS-NYP)
Current Amtrak mileage: 47445 miles