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George K

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  1. I was there last Thursday (6 days ago) and was impressed with what I saw. The new pictures are even better.
  2. George K

    City of New Orleans

    Kevin was the SCA on my 2nd trip on CONO. Great guy. I'm traveling in March of next year, and hope to have him again. He and Rion (who's no longer on CONO) are the best!
  3. Yep. I offered to bring her breakfast last year, and the staff in the dining car (politely) explained that this is the SCA's job.
  4. I've always felt guilty doing that. I'm fairly able-bodied, even at my advanced age, and negotiating those cars is not an issue for me. However, Mrs George has had a total hip, both knees replaced (most recent in November) and a total shoulder replacement (April). She' just uncomfortable with all the distance, especially going over some rough track. Empire Builder is not too bad, but when we ride CONO...yikes!
  5. Yeah, but we're spending 3 nights in Oregon, at Cannon Beach, so... I get that. I'm saying that you could take the EB to Seattle, and then transfer to the Cascades or Starlight to Portland. PDX-SEA is about a three hour ride, so unless you have a really tight schedule, you should have time for it. I looked at that, believe me. But Mrs. George wants to simplify. The thought of moving her rock collection luggage an extra time....oy!
  6. Yeah, but we're spending 3 nights in Oregon, at Cannon Beach, so...
  7. Nice. Mrs. George who has had both knees and one hip replaced finds that the hike to the diner on #27 is more than a bit onerous will be happy to hear this. Two cars are fine. Five...not so much.
  8. Not really. Thank you! Currently, we're booked in car 1130 on the Coast Starlight. I assume that's the car closest to the head end, amirite? On the Zephyr, we're in car 0632. Is that the 2nd sleeper from the front?
  9. I just booked our annual trip to the West Coast. CHI -> PDX. PDX -> EMY. EMY -> CHI. We're traveling at the end of August next year (CZ the first week of September. I've seen pictures of the consists for the CS and CZ. Are they still accurate? Mrs. George, who HATES walking through 5 cars on the EB to get to the dining car, wants to know. Last time I rode the CZ (September 2014), our sleeper was at the rear of the train. Also, is there an easy way to tell, from my reservation, which sleeper I'll be in on the CS and CZ?
  10. George K

    Seattle, WA

    Thinking about taking a trip to Seattle next year (via Coast Starlight). We would rent a car in SEA. My wife wants an upscale place that's not too far from Seattle where we can enjoy some water views (though we're not swimmers!), resort-ey things, etc. By way of comparison, we loved Cannon Beach in Oregon (about 90 min from PDX). A "artsy-fartsy" place with shops, nice restaurants, would be great. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks, in advance!
  11. George K

    New Orleans

    Has anyone stayed at the Roosevelt Waldorf? My trips have included stays at The Ritz, Le Pavillon, and Windsor Court (twice). Looking for something upscale and a bit different.
  12. George K

    Status of Amtrak Status Maps - dixielandsoftware

    Once again, thanks for your work on an irreplaceable resource!
  13. George K

    Companion Coupon?

    I have a companion coupon on my AGR account. I get that it's not valid for "sleeping car accommodations," but I was wondering if *I* book a sleeper on my own (AGR) account, can I apply the companion coupon to *that*? Just thinking....
  14. The SCB-40s have 4,000 horsepower. Once again, my point about mainstream outlets almost always failing to get basic train info right, is shown. Well yeah. That comment about the Acela running at 150 mph "between Washington and Boston" is not completely accurate, is it. How long does it really achieve and keep those speeds, half an hour?
  15. https://spectator.org/a-train-to-somewhere-brightline-provides-a-ray-of-hope/
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