Many times I took vacation in order to ride a train. Years ago, I took Amtrak out to Los Angles and back and was on the train most of the time. We were quite late into LA so I did not get to zip down to San Diego and back like I had planned. I just bummed around Union Station watching commutes come and go for a few hours while they cleaned the Sunset Limited and turned it around. Then I got back on to return home.