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Summer loop 5600 miles on Amtrak with my Granddaughter

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#1 Lonestar648



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Posted 04 August 2017 - 12:04 AM

This was a great trip, 5600 miles on Amtrak, on the Texas Eagle, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, and Sunset Limited. 

Edited by Lonestar648, 08 October 2017 - 10:00 PM.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 09:00 AM

Great Report, enjoyed it very much!!!

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Silver Meteor #97(6) & #98 (4), Silver Star #91 (2), Capitol Limited #29 & #30(6), Empire Builder #7,#8,#27(2) &#28(4) Coast Starlight #11 (6) & #14(5), California Zephyr #5 (2) & #6 (5), Cascades #506, City of New Orleans #58, #59 (2), South West Chief #3 (4), Lake Shore Limited #49, Maple Leaf #63, San Joaquin #714, Pacific Surfliner #774, Texas Eagle #422 (2), Cardinal #50, Crescent #19, Sunset Limited #1. Approx. 60,169 miles & 41 states!


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 09:51 AM

Sounds like it was a great trip,thanks for sharing!

Amtrak Routes taken

Coast Starlight(Lax-Sea)

California Zephyr(Emy-Chi)

Empire Builder (Chi-Sea)

Southwest Chief (Lax-Abq)

Pere Marquette(Chi-Grr)

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:35 AM

Great report, thanks

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:37 AM

Wonderful trip!😎

As a grandfather who lives in Austin with a train loving grandaughter, I can really relate to this trip!

Cue Dean Martin singing "Memories are Made of This"😍
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Posted 04 August 2017 - 10:47 AM

Can't wait to have grandkids to be able to do this with. What great memories you are making.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:19 AM

I enjoyed reading about your wonderful trip--thanks for posting it! :)


What a variety of places you saw, and what a great adventure for your granddaughter! It's great that you had good SCAs throughout the trip, too!


The sea lions sound like fun to see (even if there were "only" a dozen or so of them! :P)

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:37 AM

Great report.


It's sad so many people using the SSL car on the CZ are jerks that leave their seat for more than a quick trip to the restroom or the café and expect to reclaim it on their return.


By the way, the apex of the Moffat tunnel is at 9,239 feet.

Edited by KmH, 04 August 2017 - 11:38 AM.

California Zephyr • Coast Starlight  • Southwest Chief • Sunset Limited • Texas Eagle • Illinois Zephyr • Capitol Corridor

. . . . Amtrak miles - 23,703, so far.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 11:57 AM

I look forward to many more trips.

Edited by Lonestar648, 08 October 2017 - 10:01 PM.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 01:37 PM

Your situation with your granddaughters sounds similar to that of my uncle, with whom I've shared many Amtrak adventures over the years. He has three grandaughters, and two of them have accompanied us on a few of our trips. The oldest went with us on a long trip along with their grandmother, the last trip their grandmother took before she was too ill to go any further, and the second one went with my uncle and I on another long trip two years later. Both were 12 at the time. Then three years later, they both went with us on a very long one: Champaign to Chicago; then the SWC to Los Angeles, the CS to Seattle, the EB to East Glacier Park, where we rented a van and drove to Yellowstone for a few days. Then, we returned to Glacier Park, where I returned to my home near Spokane and they spent a day or two until returning to their home in Illinois. Both just love train travel. The older will be beginning her third year in college and the younger her first year at the same college this year. They both want to do another trip with their grandpa but schedules may preclude that. The youngest granddaughter who is still at home, is 16 years old and has shown no interest whatsoever in train travel to this point. Her grandpa has been working on her to no avail to this point. He may have to give up on the idea, something he's not used to doing. ;).

Your trip sounded great!! I'm sure you are building great memories with your granddaughters. I don't have kids and never will, so my inner Mr. Obvious :lol: says I won't have grandchildren to build such memories myself, but I enjoy hearing stories of those who do.

Edited by JayPea, 04 August 2017 - 01:48 PM.

Amtrak Miles Traveled: 86368--City of New Orleans, State House/Lincoln Service, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Empire Builder, Cascades, Crescent, Capital Limited, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited, Silver Meteor, Lake Shore Limited,  Pacific Surfliner, Cardinal, Vermonter, Northeast Regional, Downeaster, Heartland Flyer. 
Pre-Amtrak Miles Traveled: 8478-- North Coast Limited, Panama Limited, Empire Builder, Abraham Lincoln, City of Hinkle

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