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  1. The first thing that comes to mind is the Museum of Jurassic Technology, a very quirky museum/art exhibition. And have you been to the Griffith Observatory on previous trips? (It's not particularly quirky, but it's such a well-known L.A. institution that's been in a lot of movies.) Other than that, this community-sourced list on Atlas Obscura looks like it would be a good place for you to look for things that might be of interest.
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    Andrea Doria

    My father did a little bit of admiralty work as a young lawyer -- I believe one of the partners at his firm specialized in it.
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    Unsold sleepers

    There was a time when Amtrak would call people with coach reservations, days or weeks in advance of their trip, and offer discount upgrades to sleeper. (I was the recipient of one of these calls in 2002, when a friend and I were booked L.A.-to-Oakland on the Coast Starlight. If I recall correctly, the offer was $75 for the both of us, which I accepted immediately.)
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    Bus Nostalgia

    Guess they didn't have any buses terminate in Tampa -- it's not on the rollsign. (St. Petersburg is.)
  5. Which sense of the term "factoid" are you using -- something that's true but trivial/unimportant, or the original sense of a piece of unreliable information that's been repeated so often that it's believed to be factual?
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    Southwest Chief

    Dinner will be served on board. Of course, nothing's stopping you from dining before you depart as well! For example, you could get some oysters as an appetizer at the Imperial Western Beer Company, right there in Union Station.
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    New record for most online!

    True, we still had fewer users online than there are "Simpsons" characters.
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    Amtrak article in Sundays paper

    Not so much as an Amtrak article as an article about online forums where Amtrak is discussed, such as On Track On Line and some other forum I forget the name of. Already being discussed in this thread: http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/index.php?/topic/73924-train-lovers-forge-lifelong-friendships-through-rail-travel/
  9. Oh, there are plenty of former train stations in North America that no longer have tracks next to them. This example is in North Hollywood, California. I have to admit, though, that I don't know of anything that fits the situation in the original post: a building, built to be a train station, that never had tracks laid to serve it.
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    Amtrak in Allentown PA?

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    Thanksgiving 2018 timetables

    "Sturtvant" on the front page? Or did you see something else?
  12. Looks like you had an awesome trip!
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    Last printed system timetable

    I can report that there were plenty of up-to-date printed Pacific Surfliner timetables available at Van Nuys two weeks ago.
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    Differences in Passenger Clientele by airport

    Many have observed the "miracle" that occurs on flights from Florida to New York, in which half the passengers need wheelchairs to get to the gate for departure -- but on arrival, they're in good enough shape to barge off the plane under their own power.
  15. I've actually been on a United Express flight on an aircraft that was in a SkyWest paint scheme -- apparently they have a few of those so they can swap them to any of their routes if needed for operational reasons.