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Amtrak’s Empire Builder offers passengers a 360-degree view from the comfortable Sightseer Lounge. SAM BENSHOOF/FORUM NEWS SERVICE

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My watch read 4 a.m. as I stood alone and groggy on the platform of downtown Fargo’s Amtrak station.

Cold rain had started to fall, and I swore the sky in the east was starting to get light.


When travelers plan a cross-country trip, taking the train isn’t always an option that comes to mind. Yet there I was, in the middle of the night for the second year in a row, prepared for a multi-hour, multi-state journey.

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