On the train

Aboard the Amtrak Coast StarlightWell, once again the auto writer is on the train.

I’m heading to some cold weather (after 80 degrees in San Diego) in Seattle and driving in eastern Washington for a bit of a break.

Caught the Pacific Surfliner this morning in San Diego to Los Angeles, then about an hour layover before the Coast Starlight glided north.

I have a roomette again with bed (bath downstairs). Three sleeping cars, three coaches and three other cars make up today’s Starlight. Diner, club car and the unique Pacific Parlor Car make this one of Amtrak’s premier runs.

Had lunch (included with my room charge) in the Parlor Car, which is half tables and half swivel chairs, much like the swank Pullman cafe-lounges of old. My Italian sandwich was a bit basic but I’m looking forward to tonight’s flat iron of beef.

So far, it is a bit more than the Southwest Chief I took last year, but still basic Amtrak. Clean and fairly comfortable.

There is wifi on this train, but it goes in and out. So, I’m tapping this out on the Android, which still has a signal.

As the Pacific Ocean slides by and we roll on some pretty bouncy track northwest of Santa Barbara, it’s nice to be relaxing in my little cubby hole. Sure beats driving, and I like to drive.

We get into Seattle tomorrow night. I’m looking forward to the snow in the mountains north of Mt Shasta tomorrow morning. I’ll be back to you soon.

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