Orlando, Florida to Alexandria, Virginia – 934 miles
Coach class on the Silver Service trains uses single-level Amfleet cars, so the view isn’t quite as good as on the double-decker Superliner cars on some of the long-distance routes but it was still a lot of fun and I spent pretty much the whole 18-hour trip just staring out the window. The Silver Star and Silver Meteor use the same tracks for the most part except that the Star swings west to hit Columbia and Raleigh, while the meteor takes a more direct route through Charleston and Fayetteville. Neither has any ocean view at all.
I didn’t have anyone next to me until the station before my destination. There was supposed to be someone but…I guess they lost them. The car attendent kept wandering around going “where is my Philadelphia?” Pretty sure they got off in Florida and never got back on. Great for me, probably not so much for them.
I got on in Orlando in the evening, fell asleep as we were crossing into Georgia, and woke up two states later just inside North Carolina. We passed through several major cities and all sorts of tiny adorable towns. The only sad part was that it was dark out for such a big chunk of the trip, on my way back I’m going to try & book it so that I go through those places during the day, and the ones I already saw at night.
The Silver Star isn’t exactly the epitome of comfort but I arrived in Alexandria on time (!) the next afternoon having spent $117 and basically no effort in the process.