...here we come...first stop, Union Station in Chicago, courtesy of Coleman's Shuttle Service. They do an excellent job, have very reasonable rates, are courteous and professional. Our driver, Ruth, is personable and competent. I highly recommend them. Check them out at Coleman's Shuttle Service. You'll be glad you did.
Unlike last year when we were rank novices, this year we knew where to go and what to do once we hit the station...so down to the Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge we went and checked in sans excitement.
|The lounge is reserved for business class and sleeper car passengers.|
Right on time, so we grabbed some complimentary refreshments and relaxed while waiting to board...
|Marcellus and Sarah at the table, Karen in the background.|
We boarded at 7:30 Chicago time...
|Our car attendant, Carmel.|
...and settled into our rooms for an 8:05 pm departure...well, a bedroom for Karen and Sarah, a tiny roomette for Marcellus and me.
After listening to a short rendition of the classic Willie Nelson tune, "City Of New Orleans" - not the Arlo Guthrie version, but good nonetheless - they announced the conductors would be by to check our tickets:
That must be for coach class passengers only...they checked ours before they let us on the sleeper car.
In short order it was time for dinner in the dining car:
Dinner was very enjoyable...
...and even the table setting and lights were elegant...
|in honor of Easter, I guess...|
|here's what it looks like sans bunny napkin...|