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Old 03-26-2019, 01:44 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I read this few days ago, and decided that riding a train in the US isn't an experience I want to gain. I better stick to the trains in Europe...
https://jalopnik.com/i-took-amtrak-i...-to-1833533707
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Old 03-27-2019, 03:25 AM
 
Location: On the road
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They added two completely new trains to the Bangkok <-> Chiang Mai line, we recently took the 2nd class sleeper on one of them and it was pretty nice.
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Old 03-31-2019, 04:57 PM
 
Location: 2 blocks from bay in L.I, NY
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I read this few days ago, and decided that riding a train in the US isn't an experience I want to gain. I better stick to the trains in Europe...
https://jalopnik.com/i-took-amtrak-i...-to-1833533707
Thanks for this article, Elnina! I hooted and hollered laughing while reading it from start to finish. The author's words are so TRUE. I forgot about the spotty wi-fi (actually non-existent the further west my train went) and the slow, slow plodding of the train toward our destination.

The food bar and the restroom that were featured in the pic - yep, that's exactly how they looked on the trains that I've been on. To find a silver lining behind the cloud, I will say since you won't have internet access you can read a book without distracting yourself or pass the time in the observation deck looking at forgotten towns as you pass through or at the mottled forests. Lol, I loved this article.
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Old 03-31-2019, 06:07 PM
 
Location: On the road
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They advertise wifi on lots of long-distance buses in Asia and Latin America, but it seems that usually means bus driver puts his phone as wifi-hotspot with company name and 30 people commence trying to surf the internet through it at the same time. Result = useless.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:26 AM
 
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Thanks for this article, Elnina! I hooted and hollered laughing while reading it from start to finish. The author's words are so TRUE. I forgot about the spotty wi-fi (actually non-existent the further west my train went) and the slow, slow plodding of the train toward our destination.

The food bar and the restroom that were featured in the pic - yep, that's exactly how they looked on the trains that I've been on. To find a silver lining behind the cloud, I will say since you won't have internet access you can read a book without distracting yourself or pass the time in the observation deck looking at forgotten towns as you pass through or at the mottled forests. Lol, I loved this article.

When I was riding Amtrak on the Northeast Corridor pretty much weekly, I caved and put Verizon unlimited with mobile hotspot on my smartphone. I was trying to work on a 4 1/2 hour train ride. It would have been impossible using the train WiFi. If it worked at all, it was like using two tin cans and a string.
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Florida
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We took the train from Melbourne to Sydney Australia. Never saw so many sheep in my life.

The narrow gauge in Costa Rica was fun.

Pennsylvania RR, NY to Chicago, before AMTRAK was invented.

Panama RR, Atlantic to Pacific and back in one day.
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