This summer I'm taking a train trip from Lincoln, Nebraska to Irvine, CA. I've got it all planned out, but I'm a little anxious about transferring trains in Union Station. I get in on the Coast Starlight around 9pm and my next train, the Pacific Surfliner, departs around 10pm.
I'm anxious for two reasons; one of which is that I've heard the trains can be behind, so I'm worried about being pressed for time. The other reason is that I have a sneaking suspicion that Union Station is a little more traffic-heavy and confusing than my train station in Nebraska (which is basically just a tiny building next to a track.)
What I would love is any advice on navigating Union Station, or perhaps tips on what to expect. Are there several train platforms? Is there a departures board? Are the staff friendly and willing to helping a dazed Nebraskan find her train?
I'll be dealing with the Sacramento train station as well, but I'll have more time to navigate and figure things out there, so Union Station is my main worry.
Thanks in advance!