Texas is very flat. It's a lot like Arizona, but with more yellow grass and shrubs. A bit more like Barsoom, I guess.
I got my lunch reservation for noon; the train is running on Mountain time at the moment, I believe.
The rocking...it bumps more than an airplane, but it's quoted; no omnipresent drone of engines. The loungue is a bit noisier than my berth, but that's mostly because the connection to the dining car has one door instead of two, and squeaks.
I'm on the second floor now; good view. I was really surprised when the train arrived; I knew it was a double decked but this thing is huge. And the engines remind me of a spaceship, actually. If I ever get around to writing, I've got to try and capture that feeling of awe.