Oh, this is perfect timing for me! My 50th high school reunion is in Houston on April 2. (I live in Southern California). My husband is planning on going with me, but he doesn’t like to fly. He just suggested that I look into taking the train! Absolutely no way, after reading this! I took the train from San Bernardino, CA to Denver, CO in 1980. It was the trip of a lifetime and it was not like the experience described here. The car I was in was not crowded, my fellow travelers were, for the most part, my kind of people……young, dope smoking, hairy. One of the reasons I wanted to take the train was to have that classic dining room experience I had seen in all the old movies I watched with my mom…..the elegant dining car with white tablecloths and a small bud vase on each table, being seated by a handsome black porter with a starched white towel over his arm, the fine china settings on the tables, having breakfast with interesting, maybe even mysterious strangers….. I knew it was a lot to hope for, but I am happy to report that it lived up to every one of my expectations! I’m guessing that might not be the case, now!