Posted 24 June 2018 - 03:08 PM
To celebrate my birthday and upcoming retirement, I booked the May 10th trip of the Amtrak Northeast Regional train to Roanoke with private car Moonlight Dome (ex-B&O) on the rear. Culinary highlight of the trip was a 4- or 5-course meal (I lost count!) and a port tasting session after supper.
Needless to say, the scenery was commendable, especially as we approached the Blue Ridge. We had a mix of rain, misty clouds, and clearing night skies to complement the train ride.
Since rooms were booked and expensive in Roanoke with college graduations happening, I stayed just one night and returned on the Moonlight Dome the following morning with breakfast aboard. Patches of cloud shrouded the landscape so much so that as we exited a tunnel and trestle after leaving Lynchburg, it seemed we were riding on the clouds ! Neat.
Railroad Bill, Mystic River Dragon and daybeers like this
I have traveled by train since 1956 in the USA (including Alaska), Canada (including the Yukon), Mexico, Western Europe, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Zimbabwe.
My last pre-Amtrak trip was the Texas Chief from Ft. Worth to Chicago and the Capitol Limited from Chicago (Northwestern station) to Washington D.C.
I rode my first Amtrak train in April 1972. I have ridden nearly all the long-distance routes including the Texas Chief (Lone Star), Inter-American, Panama Limited, National Limited, Pioneer, Desert Wind, Spirit of California, Sunset Limited (Florida extension), Broadway Limited, and Chief. I also rode the Rio Grande Zephyr, Southern Crescent, Peoria Rocket, Georgia RR mixed train, and Soo Line mixed train in the post-Amtrak era.