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gramma b
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Date: 8/14/12 10:41 AM

Are Canadian trains nicer than ours? Senior tour agencies here feature a Canadian Rockies trip for one. H. is slowing down in long driving trips and I need a vacation. What about Alaska for 2013?

I remember nice trips years ago, but we recently tried Amtrak from DFW to Chicago and it was Horrible! Dirty, surly help, obnoxious swearing passengers with unruly kids, overpriced meals being seated with strangers.
The dining lady came thru the cars shouting, "Ya'd better make your reservations now or you won't get dinner. We'll run out. Now I have a 6, a 7:30..!"
On the way back we opted for a sleeper (almost as costly as flying) where the sewer smell permeated the whole time, not enough bathrooms and yuk--never again.
The train routed thru back industrial areas where all you see are junkyards/bums/blight. Had to stop for 1/2 hour a couple of times because freight trains have priority.
I hear the trips thru the western US are nicer with scenic views?

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Date: 8/14/12 11:03 AM

I've only been out west once, but I believe the Rockies trip is run by a private company and is very nice. We saw the cars in Jasper.

http://www.canada.com/travel/best+train+trips+Canada/1184594/story.html

Agawa Canyon is another good one

http://www.agawacanyontourtrain.com/

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Date: 8/14/12 8:51 PM

I've gone from Southern California to the Northwest and the views are spectacular. Also, I found the accommodations were nice, but I don't have anything else to compare them to. But you do go through some bad areas--Los Angeles and Oakland have the two nastiest I experienced.

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Date: 8/14/12 10:52 PM

I've taken several trains (quebec, bc, and ontario) and have been happy ever time. SPacious seats, decent food (but expensive) and polite staff. The rockies are beautiful too and I've heard great things about taking a train through them.

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