A group of us will be taking Amtrak in July on our way to Philmont Scout Ranch. I’m hoping the Amtrak Police Chief doesn’t surrender any authority to these jackbooted thugs [TSA].
It’ll be my first time riding with Amtrak and I’m looking forward to it. Used to ride the P.R.R. often in the Canal Zone and enjoyed it.
But this TSA business is BS. I’ll be on the lookout for it during our trip to Philmont. I will do whatever possible to avoid it and not have the boys subjected to this invasion of privacy by gov’t goons.
Be careful, the bears aren’t always in the woods!
Have fun. It’s a great trip on Amtrak, especially in NM and north of ABQ. North of ABQ you go through the depressed Indian pueblos alongside the track (the NM Rail Runner commuter train takes the same route and prohibits photography through the windows citing cultural sensitivity; don’t know if Amtrak tries the same — a clear violation of free speech.)
Just after you leave Lamy station, you go through short deep Apache Canyon with the cars only a few feet from either wall and then climb up to Glorieta pass at 7,421 feet the second highest pass on Amtrak’s Transcon route (Raton pass is the highest at 7,588 feet but if from CA you will get off before then.)