Saturday, March 9, 2013

Our Travels on an Amtrak Train

 Last month Elizabeth and I took a trip which included a full day and night on an Amtrak train! It was an amazing train ride and one I hope to repeat in the future.
We originally planned to ride coach but decided at the last minute to get a private room. Goodness, it was the size of a closet but so very, very cute.
 We each had our own chair and a double window to look through.
Here is a view of the hallway with rooms on both sides. Just to the left of this photo is a shelf used for extra luggage.
On the other side of our train car were bathrooms and showers.
 Each bathroom was very tiny but very functional. It reminded me of an RV.
 The shower was small too but there was enough room to wash and move around freely.
 Here is Elizabeth in the top bunk; the straps you see are there to keep people from falling off the bunk.
 Here is the bottom bunk. The seats pulled together and a mattress was placed on top. All this was done for us by a man who works on the train.
 We had a door that closed and locked and then curtains that covered it all. Once the beds were ready we had very little space, only enough to put our legs on the floor; here you can see how my knees almost touched the door. But we were still very comfortable. I was able to stretch out on the bed without feeling cramped.
 The train had a dinning car and our meals were included in the price of our room.
 We had pancakes for breakfast;
 Burgers and chicken strips for lunch;
And a full course meal of herb chicken, potatoes or rice, green beans and bread for supper. 
 During part of our ride we went to the observation car to watch the scenery go by.
The observation car even had tables on one end for eating or playing cards or games.
I had always wanted to ride a train; and it was everything I ever imagined it to be. We had such a wonderful time; all the Amtrak employees went out of their way to make us comfortable.


Helen Ruth said...

I love the train pictures! The private room is much smaller than I thought, but the bed reminded me of the bunks we had in the Navy on the ships. Also they come with straps too. The dining room looked very nice and cozy. Love it! Now I'm wondering if Pamela and I should have taken that trip to NYC!! So glad you got to go. What an experience.

Anonymous said...

That sure brings back memories and makes me want to hop a train again.. thanks for sharing Patty.. loved seeing all the pictures.

Rachel E. said...

It looks like you were the only one on the train. You had a very nice trip. The Amtrak is fancy indeed.

Packrat said...

Thanks for sharing your trip. :) It would be so fun to go on a train. When I was a child, we would take the train to Wyoming and back home.

Angi Schneider said...

How fun! I would love to take a real train trip. We've been watching The Thin Man series and in one of movies the couple is on a train - my kids think it's the coolest thing.

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