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NOL-CHI-NOL; June 26-28, 2018

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I just completed a round trip on the CONO. Managed to get a three day weekend and decided I needed a mini “traincation”.

 

On 58 northbound I was in coach (sleepers were full) and it was very busy out of NOL. Ended up with a seat mate the entire way. Spent a lot of time in the SL. Departed on time at 1:45p and arrived about an hour late at 10:15am. Just ate food I brought with me, though I grabbed a drink in the lounge along the way.

 

Spent a fun day in Chicago riding water taxis, METRA trains, visiting the Boeing store, and eating pizza.

 

Had a Roomette going home, so I got back to the Metropolitan Lounge around 6:00pm and relaxed for an hour or so before boarding shortly after 7.

 

Dinner served in the station. Had a warm muffuletta sandwich, and it was pretty tasty, the portion was just right since I was still full from the pizza earlier. Again, a very full train the entire way. I had room #2 and everything was clean and in working order. Departed on time at 8:05pm, and arrived at 5:30pm. Due to track work the train doesn’t depart Jackson until 1:20pm on weekdays through July. Breakfast and lunch were ok. Nothing special, but good enough. SA was awesome. Kevin was his name. A real asset to Amtrak.

 

Overall, a nice trip.

 

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Nice ! Very interesting and great pictures. Thank you for sharing!!! :):):)

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Nice getaway and pics! It's a shame that the Chef is gone, and the heat and eat meals are just a shadow on those served on the descendant of the Panama Limited that ran between two Great American Cities!😣

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I was talking to the SA and he said they haven’t heard anything about the cold meal boxes coming to the CONO. The overall dining car service is a shell of its former self - IMO about on par with the Cardinal - but the employee working the diner was friendly and he really hustled.

 

They are trying, they just don’t have much to work with.

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Thanks for the look into your trip. Looks like it went well.

We will be taking #58 in October NOL>CHI. Looking forward to adding another route completed to our map!

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Thank you for posting! Very glad to hear that it seems like the CONO won't be getting Fresh Choice-ified anytime soon.

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