We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you don't have to make a connection or a commitment at the scheduled arrival time, this train ride is a lot of fun. However, getting a decent sleeping compartment (one large enough with a bed for a tall person to sleep in) can be very expensive. Think of it as a land cruise.
We rode this train several years ago. It would be fun to do it again.
Thinking it would be fun we took one of the Amtrack trains north from Florida one Christmas. There are, no doubt, worse ways to travel, ox cart perhaps, but I haven't experienced them yet. To say it was horrible would be a gross understatement. The bathrooms were filthy, disgusting and not fit to use and yet neither the conductor nor porters would do anything about it.
We enjoy train travel in Europe, very clean cars, fast, courteous staff, and very few other passengers.
When I was 12 y.o. my Mom put me (alone) on the Chief at Pomona, and I rode it all the way to Kansas City where I changed trains to a B&O heading East. On the Chief I spent a lot of time in the observation car watching the beautiful scenery and playing solitaire. I slept in my seat down below and ate sandwiches from the vendors who came through the train at many stops. It was an adventure.