Thank you for your response, Julie! Your trip sounds amazing. I would love to do something like that. I agree with you on the Amtrak staff…half of the time. Having taken eight long-haul trips, I can tell you that the staff on the Texas Eagle is consistently AWESOME. Friendly, fun to talk to and helpful. I can also say that the staff on the Lakeshore Limited is consistently intimidating and angry at life. I think it really depends on the train. Truthfully, I think the longer-haul trains outside of the NEC have nicer staff. They probably don’t have the “WE MUST GET IN ON TIME” stress that NEC does.