We moved from the suburbs of Baltimore to near Myrtle Beach, SC. I wanted to go back to Baltimore and decided to use Amtrak since there are no direct flights. My husband didn't go,so he drove me over to Dillon and saw me off. I purchased my tickets ahead of time because Dillon is one of the stations where you only have a building and no manned office. This worked great. My train was close to being on time. I boarded the train around the 12:13 departure time. Due to storms and freight trains, I came into Baltimore a little late. At times the train has to sit on a track waiting for a freight train to pass. so I got into Baltimore at 9:35 instead of 8:50. My brother picked me up. All went smoothly. Some things you might need to know. The cafe car closed down from 1-2:30 to restock and so if you are hungry during that time, you should be prepared to wait. Another thing - in Washington, DC the train goes dark, they replace the regular engine with a high speed electric train. This process means sitting in the dark for 10-15 minutes at night. On the reverse trip back to Dillon, I brought my own food and drink. You are allowed to use cell phones and some people brought portable DVD players. Next time I am going to experiment with going out of Fayetteville, which does have a manned office and free parking. If all goes well, we might use this instead of driving up to Baltimore for Christmas. Round trip for me was $136. You get a good price if you are a week or more ahead of time purchasing tickets. The lady next to me went to Washington DC from Dillon and had bought her ticket online the night before. She had to give the conductor cash and a print out with confirmation number on it as she boarded. She paid $140 - one way. So if you decide to try Amtrak, make your decision early enough to get a good price.