Posted 28 January 2018 - 10:51 PM
Awww, ya shoulda done the CA Zephyr. I will recommend the Cardinal though, especially because it is winter. The trees will be less grown or bare, allowing for easier viewing of the New River Gorge in West Virginia (Montgomery, WV to Hinton, WV).
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), and many Pacific Surfliners with Amtrak. I have seen, including the previous, California Zephyr #5 at SAC (with luck), what I guess to be Crescent #19 (at WAS) and Silver Meteor #97 (at WAS), and Empire Builder #28 at PDX. I have also ridden the Hokutosei in Japan, Ueno - Sapporo (now discontinued).