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    I've ridden on the Herman Park rail road! It was a long time ago, don't really remember much other than it was fun for a six year old.

    Oh, yeah, and there was the overlook train at Royal Gorge. That was pretty.
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    I did "take the A train" it is not as tranquil and scenic as some others mentioned but it is colorful and interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShtnBlanks.22 View Post
    I did "take the A train" it is not as tranquil and scenic as some others mentioned but it is colorful and interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManxTom View Post
    We have friends in Jackson, MS that we visit regularly. We make a three week trip by flying to the US and sailing back the GB on the Queen Mary 2. A few years back we decided that, instead of flying up to NYC for the flight back to GB, we would get the train. We weren't disapointed.. we travelled from Meridian, MS on the Crescent, it's about a 25 hour journey, but it was spectacular. We booked a 'roomette' so we had beds and very basic washing facitilites but the trip it self was amazing. There were a bunch of school kids on the train under the charge of two lovely ladies from the US Park Ranger Service ( or something like that). Anyway I'd grabbed a quiz sheet that the kids were doing (they were mid-teens) and began to answer the questions. I duly completed it and pushed it away across the table we were sat at only to have it collected by one of the ladies - she'd been watching me fill it in..!!. Upshot was that I'd got all the questions right, something which both ladies thought was good, me being a 'foreigner'.. then they began to 'shame' the kids who had failed to get 100%..!! The cost of the train journey for myself and my wife was around $120 each. ALL food and drink included, the only thing you had to pay for was alcohol. A great trip. AND I was awarded this prestigeous badge..

    Hmmm. What's the security like getting on the QM2? Could you take some firearm accessories back with you or are you xray'd and searched coming/going?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeltaBravoKS View Post
    Hmmm. What's the security like getting on the QM2? Could you take some firearm accessories back with you or are you xray'd and searched coming/going?
    Speaking from experience it's not been a problem for me. We were visiting 'other' friends who live in NY State and I had an opportunity to go and shop at Gander Mountain. I bought: 5 boxes of Sierra Match King 168g .308 bullets, 2 x 100 bags of un-primed .308 Winchester brass, 1 bag of 100 .243 Winchester brass, 5 boxes of 168g .308 Hornady A-Max, two large packs of patches, a Leupold mk4 6.5-20x50 riflescope, a couple of Bore Snakes and some clothing. No I have a system that's served me well, in fact I have actually been approached by a TSA guy who said thanks for my efforts. I travel with a photocopy of the front page my firearms certificate (my licence), I write out an inventory of everything shooting related I have bought on my trip. Given the weight involved I make sure everything is packed at the 'wheel end' of my case and I put the inventory and licence copy on top in plain sight. I've never had a problem yet. The rule on the ship is simple, there is NO baggage allowance, you just have to be able to move your case / luggage without assistance from the crew, unless of course you're disabled. On arriving home from one trip we did I got the bathroom scales and put my case on it... it weighed in at 78 pounds...!! LOL The excess baggage at the airport would have equalled the cost of a single trans-Atlantic flight..!!

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    forgot to mention that in all of the eight Trans-Atlantic crossings we have made on the QM2 and apart from one they have all been East bound, ie US to GB, we have never yet been subject to Custom's inspection..!! My wife says this is because a 'certain class' of people sail on the QM2 and they wouldn't dream of getting involved with nefarious practices. I think it's because we get in the Southampton at 05.00 and no-one is awake enough to care..!!

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    I rode it from Los Angeles to Lake Charles, LA.

    it was interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aggie View Post
    I rode it from Los Angeles to Lake Charles, LA.

    it was interesting.
    If that train followed the Southern Route, it was on the Southern Pacific RRY Co. and probably prior to 1970 or so.
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    I've done several train rides in my life and they were more than one continent. When the wife and I were engaged I accompanied her and her family on a trip to Washington DC. That was 1978 and we rode the Amtrak from Greenville, SC to DC. Spent most of my time in the "bar car" as the sleeper cars were down for maintenance; trip only 18-20 hours so not too bad. In 1991, during beginnings of Gulf War I, travel was being heavily discounted to move bodies. The wife and I flew ATL -> ORD -> Frankfort for $300/each. Then we got 14 day first class, unlimited travel passes on Eurail. We got "couché berths" for a couple of trips. The couché is the fold down cots that sleep six people per room. That was my first introduction to the làissez faire attitudes of European women - they undress completely when they go to bed regardless of privacy concerns and . . . well, I shan't go any further with that tale.

    Sorry, back to the trains; we did the Anchorage -> Denali glass top train with the family back ~ 1998 and it was fun.
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    Georgetown loop railroad and the "L" in chicago.
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    I rode the California Zephyr back in 1973 from Chicago to Denver. The ride was great, spent most of it in the Observation Car. The Bar car ran out of beer just outside of Omaha.. We had an incident where some drunken idiot started a fire in a restroom trash can and then ran naked through the train shouting "We're Alll Going To Die"... Gasbag??????????????
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