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Family of Strangers on the Sunset Limited

By Ralph Blumenthal

From the New York Times, November 23, 2007

"Where else can you dine with an astronomer and a Buddhist monk?" said Ann Smith, a retired teacher from California heading home across Texas aboard the Sunset Limited.

There are no strangers on a train, and passengers on this storied route, American railroading's oldest named line, are no exception. Theirs is a special fellowship, after all, one that still savors the journey, and forsakes the speed of air travel and the freedom and anonymity of the road...