On the way to Chicago I took a single level train . . . it arrived at my departure station almost 3 hours late (BOO-I could have so totally slept in and taken my time getting to the train station). While I waited at the "no real building only a small plastic bus shelter type" station, I elected to take a naparoonie in my car. That was helpful as it gave me rest and passed the time. Finally the train arrived - hmm, what a new experience. I sat next to a guy who had been on the train since Boston (like 20 hours) - he was knowledgeable and was willing to "show me the ropes." Here are some photos from inside the Amtrak train. . .
|Seats recline like 4X as far back as airplane seats - nice!|
|Seats and aisles are far more roomier than airplane seats - also NICE!|
|Lots of overhead storage - nice!|
|On the way home, I took a double decker train. . . any idea where my seat assignement was? Yes, upstairs! Any idea where the restroom was? Yes, downstairs! Any idea HOW.SORE.MY.LEGS.WERE.AFTER.THE.HALF?!?! Torture!!!|
PROS of AMTRAK:
-don't have to drive so napping may be possible
-roomy, clean, spacious
-fairly easy to navigate
-nice features at your seat like an outlet plug (to charge cell phone or computer), tray table, reclining seat, leg rest, foot rest, etc.
-restrooms, food service, etc.
-fairly inexpensive (especially compared to flying, or multi-night hotel parking)
CONS of AMTRAK:
-the closest station isn't really a "station" - it's a gravel parking lot and a small "sidewalk bus shelter" - so no restroom, and nothing to do while waiting for LATE trains!
-the trains were late (both coming and going) and there was NO apology or explination
-they ran out of food on my "to Chicago" train (I felt sooo badly for the folks who had been on the train 20 hours . . . eventually they brought everyone a snack pack containing cheese and crackers and a small cookie)
-Union Station was utter craziness
-No real say in where you sit or who you sit by (on the way to Chicago I had a chatty cathy and on the way back I had a Brazillian who didn't speak English but tried to and we obviously had a culture difference about deoderant usage - WOW! RANK!!!)
Have you ridden Amtrak? What did you think? Would you recommend it or ride it again?