Bussiness for accomodating able adults

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I neatly put my bags where they always go; on a ledge, under the seat, next to the door and on a hook. pm- At the request of the dining room attendant who walked through to welcome the newly-boarded, I left my roomette and walked through two sleeper cars to the dining car for an eight o’clock seating. Wait in the doorway until the Dining Chief beckons and tells you where to sit.

Tucked away into my little compartment, I said a quiet goodbye to Winter Park and watched out the window as we traveled from urban to rural in a matter of minutes. You’ll be seated at a table for four and if you are lucky, the three others at your table will be friendly, conversant and all-around pleasant table-mates.

Dessert is always good especially when you can choose from a selection of Hagen Daaz Dixie cups.

All meals (and bottled water) are included if you have a a sleeping compartment. Seated at my table were three other solo women travelers.

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There are two trains that bear this status; the Silver Star and the Silver Meteor, operating about four hours apart.

China plates are now disposable plastic, the cutlery is either real metal or silver-colored plastic. Except for the cooked to order steak (and eggs in the morning), much of the food is microwaved. Salad is served (packets of Paul Newman dressing are on each table) with your beverage while your entree is prepared.

I choose the “grilled” salmon and rice which was amazingly excellent.

For train people, the trip begins when you step onboard, settle in and wait for that slight forward lurch as the wheels engage, signaling your journey has begun.

My dad tipped the room attendant to “keep an eye on me,” I waved good-bye to my parents and as the train left the platform in Chicago, I was on my first train adventure, albeit only to Arizona to visit family.

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