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LDKarr

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About LDKarr

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    Train Attendant

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    Central Iowa
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    Travel, graphic and web design, playing outdoors, working on home projects (indoors and out).
  1. As of last spring they served dinner between Fort Worth and San Antonio. But I haven't been on yet this year.
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    pillow?

    I was on the Texas Eagle on 2/13. The pillows were quite fluffy...and plentiful!
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    Phase IIIb

    The fleet may have been uniform, but it was also extremely bland. If I were going to rebrand as Amtrak America, I would want to emphasize the red, white, and blue. Granted, the previous scheme used the same basic colors, but it also had a tendency to get lost in the background.
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    no more printed system timetables?

    I order Amtrak marketing materials for distribution at a tourist railroad and museum. I was told that the system timetables should be available sometime around the middle of the month.
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    Roomette 19

    I can relate to not feeling like socializing. It has always been difficult for me to make small talk in a setting like the diner. In the end, I feel uncomfortable. And, I'm sure that the other folks at the table feel uncomfortable, too. I often have meals brought to my room. That is taken care of by the sleeping car attendant. I have never had an attendant act like it was a big deal -- all have been very accommodating. From what I have experienced, grabbing a meal to go isn't possible. I have asked on every trip, and I have always gotten the same reply.
  6. While I lucked out and didn't encounter any major problems (a couple of weeks ago), it DID seem like freight traffic was quite heavy this time around. The only delays standing out in my mind were both on train 21 -- being held for a stacker before entering Springfield, IL., and switching out a car in St. Louis. But, at least with my destinations, I arrived basically on time. So, there is still hope!
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    Roomette 19

    I'll echo what others have said. Last month was the first time that I had ever set foot in a Transition Sleeper. While I wasn't sure what to expect going in, I've got to say that I was very happy with the experience. Being right next to the restroom/shower made it extremely handy for me. And, aside from the occasional crew member passing through, there wasn't a lot of activity in the car (aside from the man in the room across from me who sounded as if he were trying to throw his suitcase through the side of the car). I had been concerned that I might be completely forgotten by the SCA. However, I think the level of attention I received was consistent with past trips. I wouldn't hesitate being in the car for future travels. In fact, I would probably prefer it.
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    Ale-Braised Turkey Leg

    You know, I almost tried that. Maybe they would move more of them if they were served with garlic mashed potatoes.
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    Texas Eagle Staff Question

    The two trips I took on the Eagle (southbound on 12/23/14 and northbound on 1/5/15) brought with them two SCA's I had never met. On the trip south, Vivian handled the duties aboard the Transition Sleeper. That being the first time I had ever been in the Trans/Dorm, I was afraid that I might be forgotten. Certainly not the case. Vivian did a fine job of checking in, providing assistance where needed, and had a very good personality. On the return trip, I had a bedroom, and was therefore back in the run of the mill sleeper. Alfredo would be my SCA. He was very helpful, obviously took pride in his work, and just seemed like a genuinely good guy. Both made the trip down and back a great one for me!
  10. Absolutely. I am looking at a two hour drive once I finally do arrive in San Antonio. The scheduled arrival time into San Antonio is already later than I prefer. The sooner I can get there, the better.
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    Amtrak communities on Facebook

    While in its early stages, a Facebook group dedicated to Amtrak's Texas Eagle is now up and running at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AmtrakTexasEagle We hope to see you there!
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    Amtrak communities on Facebook

    I usually ride only once a year. But, if nobody else really wants to do it, I would be happy to work on a group for the Texas Eagle.
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    Superliner Transition Sleeper

    I am heading to south Texas (via the Texas Eagle) to visit family over Christmas. This will be my first time in the Transition Sleeper. After reading all of the pros and cons on here, I am looking forward to it -- something new and different!
  14. I had been bummed about them ditching the pointless arrow (again). But, after seeing those pictures, I rather like how the "new" looks with the "old". Thanks for sharing.
  15. So far, I have only made one trip aboard the Texas Eagle. But, it was easily my most positive experience on Amtrak. On the trip out, Toni Westfield was my SCA. Outstanding service, great personality -- he really went out of his way to make my trip enjoyable. I have only positive things to say about the crew of the diner, too. For the most part, I didn't find the scenery to be outstanding. But, St. Louis and Dallas were quite impressive.
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