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Training for a title: Cubs fans take Amtrak through night

As the Amtrak train slowly chugged through the Ohio night, past factories along the Lake Erie shore illuminated by pinkish lights, Marvin Thomas stretched across a pair of seats, proudly wrapped in a blue satin Cubs jacket.

The 51-year-old Chicagoan had made the trek to Cleveland for the Cubs' first World Series games in 71 years, and now it was time to go home following Wednesday night's 5-1 victory over the Indians, which tied the Series 1-1.

"Ernie Banks lived down the street from us when I was a kid," said Thomas, who paid $800 a ticket to attend Games 1 and 2. "This is the most unbelievable feeling I've had outside my children being born. There was no way...