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#21 maxbuskirk

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 02:34 AM

I agree I'd rather stay in Glenwood Springs, but we'll be flying in from Upstate NY to catch the Zephyr so we have to spend at least one night in Denver probably since there are not a lot of good options to fly into Glenwood Springs and the train from Denver leaves at 7am.  At that point, I'm not sure it makes sense to get on train in Denver and then get off in Glenwood Springs. Although it does look really nice. Would we be missing out if we missed the scenery between Denver and Glenwood Springs and found a way to fly into Glenwood versus Denver?


The best scenery of the Rockies is IMO between Glenwood Springs and Denver, so I'd not miss that section. It's the part that includes narrow canyons and other nice landscapes without the I-70 in the way (it diverges from the CZ route a little east of Glenwood Springs).

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 03:50 PM

I find the Zephyr between Denver and Emeryville to be the most scenic train journey. Some views can only be seen from a train...

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These are some of my photos taken from the Zephyr.

 

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 03:57 PM

I find the Zephyr between Denver and Emeryville to be the most scenic train journey. Some views can only be seen from a train... These are some of my photos taken from the Zephyr. Ed.


Have the car attendants ever given you a hard time about taking those kinds of pictures?

I used to be with ‘it,’ but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it,’ and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary.


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 05:45 PM

As I have mentioned before, I am a former UK railway employee, so I know to keep safe and not take any risks with photographing aboard trains. I don't take photo's where others can copy me. The views seen are shown to give an idea of the scenery that can be seen from the Zephyr, nothing more.

 

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 08:42 PM

As I have mentioned before, I am a former UK railway employee, so I know to keep safe and not take any risks with photographing aboard trains. I don't take photo's where others can copy me. The views seen are shown to give an idea of the scenery that can be seen from the Zephyr, nothing more. Ed


No need to be cryptic or defensive about this. I didn't ask if you were being safe or if you felt other people should follow your lead. I simply asked if you were ever hassled about it, nothing more.

I used to be with ‘it,’ but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it,’ and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary.


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Posted 15 July 2017 - 03:19 PM

Sorry old chap, I read a slight degree of condemnation into your question, as with your question about youth hostels. The answer is no. Happy now?

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:52 PM

Back to the question of if only one LD train.......

Look north and take The Canadian, in Sleeper Plus, or Prestige Class.

There is nothing else in North America like it among regularly operated , year round trains. Ken

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 06:41 PM

I just finished a day in ChI with friends before CHI//EMY then the free Amtrak bus to Fishermans Wharf (found a super deal, otherwise was staying elsewhere) for three night, the free bus to Oakland OKJ then OKJ/LAX then visited by daughter for a couple days. This is the route I would suggest for seeing the most scenery.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:28 PM

I haven't been on either the Coast Starlight or California Zephyr before, but I would agree with Penny's assessment.   :)


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