Hi there, we are planning a trip to the US from New Zealand in early October next year. As one of our group is an avid rail fan, we want to spend a full day visiting Cahon Pass and a second full day at Techachapi Loop. Rather than going in and out of LA and losing hours in traffic on the freeway, we thought we'd base ourselves in Barstow for three nights. We will then carry on to Las Vegas. I've read that the centre of Barstow isn't that flash, so have planned on staying at the Hampton inn near the outlet mall. There will be three girls who will need to fill two days, and I figure the outlet mall, Harvey house and calico should cover that. We will also have a seven year old with us, but from her perspective, as long as the hotel has a pool, she will be happy. Does this sound like a reasonable plan? Any suggestions for safe viewing spots for trains would also be gratefully received. Thanks in advance.