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Hi All - I'll keep posting a couple of my trip reports if they're of interest - particularly as travel is difficult for many during COVID!

Here is my experience on Amtrak's California Zephyr riding from San Francisco (Emeryville) to Chicago - a great trip if you ever get the chance! Note - this experience was pre-COVID, so the food and service described is not Flex dining (fingers crossed we see full dining service back!).

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