I'm planning an Amtrak trip and have problems finding answers that don't involve itineraries.
I will be traveling alone from the Seattle area, ending up in Texas. I've planned & not taken some trips, so I've looked at the Amtrak schedules, connections, and descriptions of the scenery. What I wonder about is the problems of winter, like lack of daylight - short days to take in the beauty of what's out the window, breakdowns. On booking specific dates, I have seen that some portions of a route will be closed, and covered by buses. I don't mind some delays, and the long evenings of travel are much more pleasant than driving.
Still, I would like someone's travel story with both the good and the - let's say problematic parts. Like, do people travel by train for four days and nights and love it? How would you find a travel pal to share a roomette? It seems like a wonderful way to cross the Rockies, enjoy hours of reading, meet new people in the dining car. Where's the reality I haven't been warned about? I don't think anyone's written this book, as I've looked.
Also, the shutdown? Airports are doing fine, right? I see that backstage, folks without paychecks are checking out or calling in sick. Does anyone know how Amtrak workers are doing or how services might be affected?