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Ridin' That Train, Day 1

Union Station, Portland:

I keep catching myself humming "Ridin' that train, high on cocaine" as I wander around Union Station. I should probably find another train song.

Sample train station dialog:

Me: Where do I wait for the southbound train?"

Railroad person: Where ya goin'?

Me: Santa Barbara.

RP: Oh, nice!

Me: I know, huh?

RP: Coach or sleeper?

Me: Sleeper!

RP: Well then, you get to wait in the Metropolitan Lounge.

Me: Really? Cool. Do I need to show my ticket? Because my friend who's getting on in Vancouver has my ticket.

RP: No, Robert can look you up on the computer. Just tell him your name.

We walk into the Metropolitan Lounge: carpet, old-fashioned windows looking out at the platform, chairs with padding, flower arrangements, our own restrooms, a mini-bar, smell of coffee, a TV playing a football game.

RP: Here we have some nice complimentary juice and bottled water, and there's some fresh coffee for you.

Me: Wow.

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mcauliflower
Sep. 21st, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Whoo-hoo!

I've never gone the sleeper route, but after having done the Coastal Starlight once I wish I did.

great journey idea
emeraldsedai
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
We're in Santa Barbara now and giving serious consideration to an upgrade for the trip back. The first class cars have beds that approach actual real-bed status. The ones we slept in last night were a bit wee and hard for genuine comfort.

But they were a vast improvement over sitting up in coach, and it was really kind of fun.
pennywhistle
Sep. 21st, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, nice touches!
emeraldsedai
Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Very nice! I was impressed. The whole train ride has been characterized by pleasantness.
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