JimHackerMP wrote:oh! LOL told you my CA geography is a little hazy. Haha....yeah that's a 37 min trip. But as far as I am concerned it counts. I was interested in a longer haul than that though. I was thinking of the "Coast Starlight" which runs all the way up the coast. It's a bit longer than 37 mins! (early one morning to the next evening....)
Basically we used it as a convenient way to avoid having to drive, rely on taxis or buses, and get in and out of LA in a day.
We spent the time in the food/bar car each way. On the way back on the late night train we were a bit miffed that the bar was not opened for ages. And the Danish couple who we'd met in the Union Station bar were told off for playing music by the stuffy ticket-checker. But it looked ok.
The Pacfic Surfliner only goes between San Diego and San Luis Obispo, but it looked decent enough as a train.
One idea we had for a holiday was to travel from Chicago to Seattle (or the other way) on the Empire Builder. My folks are soon going to do the Canada coast-to-coast rail journey which is supposed to be spectacular.