My first long haul train trip

Discussion in 'Railways, Highways, Waterways' started by Sunny Goth, Oct 24, 2011.

  1. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Yes, it's happening now. I've got patchy internet, but I'm psyched about the train. I'll be in DC by Thursday, meeting with various privacy colleagues.

    Interesting group of people on the train - lots of older folks - a few families. I'll be making friends at mealtimes, chat people up, find out how they feel about air travel. ;)
  2. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    I've traveled by train in Europe and loved it, but never done it in the States. :) Someday...

    Is Amtrak providing the internet, or are you having trouble getting a cell site?
  3. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    West coast to DC? That's a haul.

    Longest we've done is Vienna-->Berlin (about 8-9 hours).
  4. exbayern

    exbayern Original Member

    I travel by short and medium haul train a lot; just this week in fact as train is often faster than checkin+security+flight+bag retrieval (even in the world of 'easy' flying)

    I've ridden Amtrak many times, but never a journey as long as that! Have a good trip.

    My first train trip was crossing the border to the DDR as a very small child.
  5. N965VJ

    N965VJ Original Member

    From hearing what the TSA and ICE are doing to rail travel, it seems they want to replicate that experience in the States. :(
  6. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Almost no internet on amtrack. Still -- it's not a bad trip -- am in Colorado now. Getting ready to leave now - so I'm typing fast.

    Fortunately I brought a lot of work that doesn't require net access.

    Meeting people who are training instead of flying b/c of the TSA.

    Food's great. :)
  7. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    When I lived in Munich (many, many years ago) I did a lot of long haul trips - not like the one I just finished, but I did an overnight trip from Munich to Berlin, an overnight from London to Edinburgh, and Milan to Munich. It was just so convenient.

    This trip from the west coast to DC was interesting. I never saw any TSA anywhere. There was something going on at the Sacramento station but the police were involved. When I talked to other passengers about it, most of them thought it was a case of discrimination - black kid with a guitar - he must be guilty of something. I didn't see it so I don't know what was going on.

    Like I said earlier, most people were vacationing and wanting to travel by train not plane. One person had health issues so can't fly anymore.

    My biggest complaint was lack of internet access. I learned a lot about tethering and war-sitting. Kind of like war-driving, but, well, you know. ;)

    Food was great, lots of space to spread out. No one groped me, searched my stuff, took away my iced tea, or did anything annoying.

    Once they work out the wifi, it'll be great.
  8. Lisa Simeone

    Lisa Simeone Original Member

    Sunny G, are you in DC now? I'm typing this on Friday morning, November 11th. I'm only an hour away. Would be easy to meet for a coffee/confab.

    Edited to add: ah, forget it. I just noticed the date on your post -- back in October. Okay. Sorry to have missed you. Next time!
  9. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Definitely! I'm in DC at least once per year - would love to meet up for a coffee/confab.
  10. JoeBas

    JoeBas Original Member

    Nothing better than waking up to Railroad French Toast at 79 mph. ;)

    Wifi is in the works, gradually expanding from the Northeast U.S. south and westward.

    For now, I've found that I'm pretty much always in 3G range, at least, so as long as I've got my Blackberry charger I'm never completely out of touch - Pandora, E-mail, Web all at my fingers.
  11. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    have a wonderful trip, the train is so much more civilized.
  12. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    Thanks. I'm back now. :) It was good. I'd do it again -- actually, probably will, since my wings have been clipped.

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