Originally Posted by thelazyone
... taking the train from Philly to ABQ. ...
I did exactly that - in 1990 - January.
I assume that there is no smoking on the train any more, but back
then, the lounge car was like a bar and after a few hours, every
single car was like a bar. I had to sit in between the cars where
an employee would be with the window open.
The cars were all way-the-heck hot hot hot
There was no fresh air ventilation.
All the bathrooms froze up car-by-car until there was only one car
in the whole train that had a functioning bathroom - kept functioning
by the heat of human waste. ... Nice.
The layover in Chicago was way longer than it was supposed to be
- because of the cold.
Since much of the ride was in the dark in New Mexico it wasn't very
interesting. I like looking out the windows on the train, car, airplane.
I also rode Amtrak in 1999 from San Diego to San Jose.
The service really was terrible on that train with the surly,
miserable conductor or whatever person working it.
If I was going to make that trip again, I would meet a few trains
arriving from Chicago and ask people getting off what the experience
was like. Things might have changed .... ..... ..... or not.