Just got off CZ 5 today. A glowing review.

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  1. Apr 21, 2019 #1

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    TL/DR: had fun, got good tips here, great crew/food


    Flew to Chicago Tuesday just to get on the train to Sacramento on Wednesday. The trip was planned purely for me taking pictures out of the window for 3 days. (Roomette)

    I came here to this site before I left looking for suggestions and tips and I have to thank those who posted the following:
    - bring binder clips/clothes pins. In multiple uses were saviors.
    - bring some gaff tape/duct tape. Had a few feet of gaff tape wrapped around a pen. Used about a foot to silence squeaks and rattles and to hold a power strip (another tip) out of the way.
    -bring Windex wipes.

    Union Station in Chicago was an impressive site, and the staff in the Metropolitan lounge were great, but I had more fun out in the great hall of the station.
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    The ride was great. Relatively on time, got as bad as an hour and a half late out of Omaha, but by Reno we were back near on time.

    The people I met on the train were fun, with one individual who just had no personality. Everyone else was friendly, funny, and a joy to sit and share with.

    I was on car# 32062, a Superliner 1, the former Arapaho, and while it showed some signs of age, it was clean and comfortable. The roomette was actually more spacious than I expected, which considering how small they really are says a lot for what I expected. I'm 6'2" and could fully stretch out on the bottom rack when it was in bed mode.

    The food. Oh my goodness the food. Steak for dinner both nights (one night of surf & turf), great breakfasts, lunches were the burger and a taco bowl thing I can't pronounce but was great. And the dining car staff and fellow passengers made the dining experience something to remember.
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    The staff.
    I don't have a single negative thing to say about the staff. Everyone I met from the different ops crews to all of the car attendants and food service staff were amazing. If you've ever taken this trip, or you take this trip before August (he's retiring after 30 years) and get Robert as your car attendant you're lucky. He was truly attendant to any request, had tons of information, and just made me feel like a very welcomed guest in his home.

    The experience. Again, this trip was purely for photography, and I could not have been more amazed by the scenes I was able to capture. I found out that there really isn't a "good side" of the train for the overall, because there was amazing sites on both sides. Coming out of Denver and for the Rockies portion of the trip, the left side was the more scenic. Going through the Sierra's, the right side was the winner. I had the right side. So off to the sightsee-er car for the Rockies. And what a treat that was because I was able to get great photos and meet some great people. By the time we got to the Sierra's, I was getting pretty tired, and wasn't feeling too sociable, so hiding out in my roomette to take photos out of my window was the best option, and I was rewarded with breath taking views with a lot of snow still on the ground.
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    We arrived in Sacramento about 2 minutes behind schedule.
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    It was a trip I'd do again without any hesitation. Or I'd try a different route, but after having a delayed, crowded flight, just from Sacramento to Chicago, with lifeless people and flight crews who were less than hospitable, I'd rail travel whenever possible now.

    Side note,

    We hit something somewhere...…going to say the train won.
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  2. Apr 21, 2019 #2

    Seaboard92

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    May I recommend the Empire Builder for your next trip. Great route. I’m going to say though eastbound is the better direction on that trip.
     
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  3. Apr 21, 2019 #3

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    Wow!! Great report! I guess I’ll just miss Robert, as I’ll be onboard Sept 11 from CHI to SLC and Sept 16 SLC to EMY...bummer. But I’m looking forward to all of the rest, thanks a bunch!
     
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  4. Apr 21, 2019 #4

    anumberone

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    Thanks for sharing, nice to hear a positive report for the dining car and glad to hear your trip went well.
     
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  5. Apr 21, 2019 #5

    cubeguide

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    Thanks for sharing!! Nice Pics too. Also, the Coast Starlight is also another beautiful train ride with great views of the Pacific Ocean.
     
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  6. Apr 21, 2019 #6

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    Great to hear that your trip was so enjoyable!
     
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    Ah yes, sounds like my first trip on Amtrak which was on the Sunset Limited LAUS to NOLA. Boarded with low expectations and was thoroughly surprised by the crew and the food. Alice the waitress in the dining car made each meal a joy.
     
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  8. Apr 21, 2019 #8

    oregon pioneer

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    I have been on many Amtrak trips by now, and enjoyed every single one. Attendants vary quite a bit, and the food varies somewhat (in spite of their attempts to make it all the same mediocre quality), but the view is always there, and the other passengers are always fun to meet. You have a good attitude, which I'd say makes up 75% of the likelihood you will also have a positive experience.
     
  9. Apr 22, 2019 #9

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    Great pictures, thanks for sharing! Looks like there is a very wide range of scenery on that route. I'm looking forward to riding it next year.
     
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  10. Apr 22, 2019 #10

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    Enjoyed your report and photos very much. Glad you to hear that you had such a nice trip.
     
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