While I wouldn't call it famous, I did ride on the Erie Lackawanna Presidents Special back in 1975 when I first started working for them.
back when we were young, dumb, and knew we would live forever...As an after thought - I've always wanted to take the Mexico Copper Canyon rail ride. I did a lot of travel in Mexico back in the late 60's and early 70's (including tent camping), but not sure I'll even cross the border these days since I'm no longer invincible...................and as stupid as back then. LOL
I also heard a lot about that trip from fellow rail roaders and intended to make it. Some very beautiful track to be on. As a construction engineer, I was somewhat cautious.As an after thought - I've always wanted to take the Mexico Copper Canyon rail ride. I did a lot of travel in Mexico back in the late 60's and early 70's (including tent camping), but not sure I'll even cross the border these days since I'm no longer invincible...................and as stupid as back then. LOL
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..
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..!!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?