Last week I posted in the guest area asking questions regarding my first overnight trip and the answers were so plentiful and helpful that I decided to join.
I've come to appreciate trains late in life. My first experience on a train was in 2010 outside the US. I was in England visiting a friend when we went to visit one of the last lines there that still has the old fashioned train cars. There is also a very small train museum there and I walked among some of the older engines that were once used in the heyday of their train travel. Something there clicked in my head and I was instantly drawn in. Not long after that vacation, a friend asked if I would be willing to help her move her parents from Atlanta to New Orleans. She paid for my train ticket there and we packed up a Uhaul and drove it back. I leaped at the chance to see what train travel was like here in the US. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and took the same trip again a few years ago. Yes, always only from NO to ATL.
Fast forward to 2018 and I'm wanting to visit my friends in and around Chicago, but this year I just don't feel like driving and I'm pretty much over plane travel unless it's overseas. So I decided to take the train and just use public transportation and my own two feet to get around Chicago. I also decided to spend the extra money for a sleeper because while I know the coach seats are quite comfortable, I want privacy if I'm going to sleep for anywhere near 8 hours. I bought a book about train travel and what is important to know, but it's only as good as information up to 2015. I was happy to find this forum, though, where I could find more current information.
tl;dr? ---- hey y'all!