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Overnight Train's Virtues Put Anxieties to Sleep

By Rebecca Ostriker

From The Boston Globe, February 21, 2010

Riding the rails from Boston to Chicago.

Are we going to go nuts in there?

I couldn't help thinking that as we walked along the platform at South Station, peering at the Amtrak train we were about to board. My husband, Ian, and I had overnight reservations on the Lake Shore Limited, bound for Chicago. We were sharing a Viewliner Roomette, the smallest sleeper space possible, and through the train's wide windows we could see all the compartments lined up inside, looking tiny, even toylike...