Although there is no passenger service in Columbus, this Dispatch writer had a good report:

Cardinal migration
Amtrak train takes in scenery between New York and Chicago

Amtrak’s Cardinal is not a big train — just one sleeping car, three coaches and a combination dining/lounge car that follow a meandering southerly route between New York and Chicago.

But between those frenetic metropolitan centers, the Cardinal covers more than 1,100 miles, makes 31 stops and passes through some of the loveliest rural and wild areas in the East.

I boarded the Cardinal in Baltimore — the train’s fifth stop after leaving New York — on a summer morning and settled into my cozy roomette for the overnight trip to Chicago...

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