Re: Amtrak to San Antonio?
I've done it. It was miserable. From what I was told by the people running the Flyer, BNSF doesn't mind AMTRAK (Heartland Flyer) operating on it's lines, but UP does and makes the Texas Eagle have to work around it's freight trains. Not only is it a slow ride, but it is not uncommon to sit in a Texas cornfield for two hours waiting for a broken down freight train get out of the way.
Also, the scenery is nothing to write home about. As I discovered, the "wrong side of the tracks" are usually BOTH sides of the tracks. You get to see the backside of every Texas city you pass through.
I wouldn't believe the timetable either. It took me about 16 hours!
Don't do it.
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