2007 "Where else can you dine with astronomers and Buddhist monks?
"Ann Smith said he was a retired California teacher and came home from Texas on a sunset ride.
There are no strangers on the train, and the passengers on this famous route are no exception, the oldest named route on the American Railway.
After all, they are a special fellowship and still enjoy the journey, giving up the freedom and anonymity of the speed and road of air travel.
For example-and we did —
A leisurely tour through West Texas, where the desert unfolds like a scroll of the Old West, meskey and cactus, steep canyons, scorching sun, and Rio Grande are playing peeking --a-
The hiss behind the Red Willow.
Omelet and chicken pizza, comfortable bunk and hot shower.
Sunset Co. , Ltd. , which is three times a week, has a pedigree dating back to 1894, and started 1,995-with the glorious days of railway travel as a credible excuse-mile, 48-
An hour before noon in New Orleans (
Before Hurricane Katrina caused damage, the train originated in Orlando).
It travels in Houston, then finds a scenic trail west of San Antonio and Del Rio, then along the Rio Grande River, through the Pecos River, through the Chihuahua Desert to El Paso New Mexico, Arizona, and finally Los Angeles.
The ad "it gives you a more authentic understanding of our country," says Samuel Emanuel, who is sometimes a social service worker with a "hate me"
The shirt of the blue band in October.
He's from Erie, Dad.
Meet friends in Arizona, maybe Vancouver in British Columbia.
He was also cheap, sleeping in his coach's seat and living on groceries with other travelers.
The advertisement of "We share expenses"Emanuele said.
"People don't do this in air travel.
"On a recent Wednesday, many passengers were traveling long distances, like Jim Quinn, a Houston sociologist, and his wife, a social work educator, taking their son twice a year, james D.
An 11-year-old who dropped out of school and accompanied them to a professional conference in California;
Martha Marie, a teacher at Austin, went to Mexico for a yacht race.
And Zsombor Csata, the country of the sociologist Gyergyoszentmiklos tour, Romania.
Rachel Stewart, a graduate of fine arts from Pittsburgh, traveled to Los Angeles, where he made a painting tablet and made Justin Prather for Austin's political campaign.
The train to Houston was two hours late that Wednesday.
Nothing unusual: the line ends running on time (
Considered within half an hour of the schedule)only 13.
In 8% of the time, the American Railway company except the 10% on of Zephyr, California-
According to the records of the railway company. (
To be fair, outside the Northeast Corridor, the American Railway company does not own the track or control the traffic or maintenance of the freight lines. )
Roy Goss, a research agronomist at Washington State University, was 11 years old when he and his wife, Marcela, stood on the platform in Houston waiting to board the plane. m.
Looking down from the dark track
When they can fly $2,000, why would they spend $950 to come back by train all over the country?
"Because we are stupid," said a tired doctor . "Goss.
"Well, we did.
We don't have to do it anymore.
"But after a while, the train came in, and the porter turned the seat of the car into the sleeper, and the mood relaxed.
John Pelham, a flight attendant for Continental Airlines who is on holiday in Los Angeles, opens a bottle of red wine and serves drinks nearby.
It was an orderly way, he said, and he first identified the route on Google Earth.
The ad was quick for passengers to succumb to late night, dark carriages, comfortable bunk or reclining long-distance car seats, and soft swings of trains.
Wake up without Morningup call.
The dining car opened at 6: 30. m.
However, the announcement of the megaphone was delayed by nearly two hours due to late sleep.
At that time, the Texas Eagle, which originated in Chicago, joined Sunset Limited, San Antonio came and went in the dark, and hungry passengers were making breakfast, assigned to white-
Wear clothes with strangers and get familiar with them quickly.
"Open seating means we'll have you on the Open Table --
"Don't let yourself sit in your seat," flight attendant George Cruz reminds anyone who has a fantasy about privacy.
Barbara and Patrick Lynch in the UK joked that their trip to the Texas Eagle in Dallas was not perfect.
"The bed is fine once you get in," said Mr. Lynch, an ex-
Navy and security officials who have retired in the Algarve region of Portugal.
He said he found it a feat to climb the narrow upper berth, although it was easier to handle the malfunction of the car toilet before pushing the soil urgently.
"They said we could use them, but be gentle," said a confused gentleman . "Lynch.
"How can you be gentle with the toilet?
Not everyone is going to the coast.
Some travel to Alpine, a remote outpost of cowboy culture, art and entertainment in West Texas.
This is a bustling university town and a gateway to the Great Bend country, with over a million acres of national and state parks bordering Mexico.
There are other ways to get to the Alps and its pictures, most of which are tough --
Book sisters: art, fashion, mysterious Marfa and sled marathon, a gathering of its popular 1927 ranchers, the Gage Hotel.
You can drive eight or nine hours from Houston, plus a few hours to the park.
You can fly, but the nearest airport is Midland or El Paso and almost half --
A day's drive.
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So Greg and Jennifer greaman of haritzville, South Texas, think the train is their best choice. A trucker, Mr.
He said geraman was enough to drive, so they rode to the mountain to rent a car and drove to the resurrected ghost city Terlingua, "rent a Jeep to explore ".
The train was about 90 minutes late on Thursday morning and stopped in the border town of Del Rio, where some passengers smoked and the historic train station was locked for no reason.
Then the conductor, John Maldonado, announced it was a "scenic route ".
"On the left hand side of the train is the Rio Grande," he said, with the winding river flashing behind the bushes.
"Of course, if you're looking at the Rio Grande, you're looking at Mexico.
A teacher from St.
Louis, who went to Tucson to see her daughter, asked a Spaniard --
A couple from Temple, Texas.
Jorge and Guadelupe Enriquez: "What does 'Rio mean? ”Mrs.
Enriquez doesn't seem to worry.
"It means the river," she said '.
The train sped up in the blue waters of the Amistad Reservoir to pay tribute to Mexico.
Head to the American friendly and bass fisherman's paradise in Pecos Takahashi.
"It will be one of the most spectacular attractions you will see at Sunset Limited," Mr.
The train then seemed to hang in space, 265 feet metres away, through a narrow canyon known as the Grand Canyon.
The train flashed through the lantley, the car-
Judge Roy Byne named the cluster after his idol actress, Lily Landry, "the law of the West of Pecos ".
Not long before Alpine, this was the last call to book lunch.
"Ladies and gentlemen," announced Mr housekeeper.
Cruz, "If I miss you in the bathroom or in the Jacuzzi at the top of the train, meet me in the dining car.
"The phantom Jacuzzi never showed up, but passengers like Mr.
Csata said they did not limit the sunset due to luxury goods or even destinations along the way.
"It's more entertainment," he said.
"More information Sunset Limited leaves New Orleans on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11: 55. m.
To Los Angeles (
Anyway, in theory
About 48 hours later.
Los Angeles departure time is 2: 30. m.
Sunday, Wednesday, Friday.
One-way booking for coach seats costs $248 to $485;
The one-way fare from Houston to Alpine is $74 to $143 (800-872-7245; www. amtrak. com).
The bedroom is available for an extra fee, but includes all meals in the dining car: One way is "room" with two seats to enter the sleeping berth, starting at $379 plus the seat fare;
The family bedroom for two adults and two children starts at $608; and a two-Bedroom-
Only accommodation with private toilet and shower-starts at $730.
Visitors to West Texas can get off at a mountain 500 miles from Houston.
1912 hotels in the Netherlands (800-535-8040; www. hollandhotel. net)
There is a $90 roof "crow's nest" room.
Car Rental in Alpine (800-894-3463)
Medium-sized cars cost $39.
95 cents a day, 10 cents a mile.
But no one-way rentals;
All vehicles must return to the mountains.
It takes about 80 miles to study Bart, where there is an entrance to the Great Bend National Park, just a few miles from the resurgent ghost city Terlingua.
West of the Alps, Marfa has the mystery of vibrant art scenes and mysterious lights that sometimes appear in the desert at night.
Hotel Paisano (866-729-3669; www. hotelpaisano. com)
In 1930, Elizabeth Taylor, Locke Hudson and James Dean lived here while filming the giant in 1955, but were renovated a few years ago.
Room starts at $99.
In the east of the Alps, another historic building in Marathon, the getch Hotel was built in 1927 (800-884-4243 www. gagehotel. com).
Rooms have private bathrooms starting at $98.
A version of this article appears on the New York edition F1 page with the title: Stranger family at sunset Ltd.
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