Creating this thread a day in advance in preparation for liveblogging my train ride out East. I'm planning on noting departure/arrival times (plus their variance from schedule), customer-service observations, overall comfort on the train, and mentioning anything else noteworthy. Will try to have pictures available as well. Obviously, any involvement of the Terrorists Searching Americans will be noted as well, in as much detail as I can provide, but I'm hopeful that they and their poisonous-snake teams will be nowhere in sight. If there's anything in particular people are wondering about - quality of food, creepy co-riders, the rabid marmoset in the luggage car - feel free to chime right in and I'll do my best to keep an eye out for it.