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#1 Rail Freak

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 03:13 PM

I read somewhere to take with you things like Windex,flash light,String/cord, pillows and other things for different reasons. Is this true? It seems I'd have to check my luggage to carry all that on board! <_<

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 03:33 PM

I read somewhere to take with you things like Windex,flash light,String/cord, pillows and other things for different reasons. Is this true? It seems I'd have to check my luggage to carry all that on board! <_<


Well the windex is for the dirty windows if you want to get some good sight seeing. But usually the dirtiness is on the outside of the window. You might be popular though in the lounge car. Not sure what everything else is for. For coach I wear a hooded sweatshirt and have a eye-mask. I travel light so I just use Amtrak's pillow to sleep on. Bring all that, and you'll sleep very well.
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Posted 15 April 2008 - 03:38 PM

I read somewhere to take with you things like Windex,flash light,String/cord, pillows and other things for different reasons. Is this true? It seems I'd have to check my luggage to carry all that on board! <_<


Well the windex is for the dirty windows if you want to get some good sight seeing. But usually the dirtiness is on the outside of the window. You might be popular though in the lounge car. Not sure what everything else is for. For coach I wear a hooded sweatshirt and have a eye-mask. I travel light so I just use Amtrak's pillow to sleep on. Bring all that, and you'll sleep very well.

Windex - outside window
flaslight - drop things on floor under bed
string - loose cabinet doors banging in the night
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Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:14 PM

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:17 PM

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:30 PM

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:39 PM

Duct Tape!


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DUCT TAPE :blink:
YEAH, I could wrap one end around someting on the train, unwinding it and wrapping the other end around my waist while in the short stop stations, getting a coke. That way the train won't take off without me! :P

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:49 PM

YEAH, I could wrap one end around someting on the train, unwinding it and wrapping the other end around my waist while in the short stop stations, getting a coke.


Speaking of coke, I hope that you like Pepsi, because Amtrak has an exclusive contract with Pepsi. You won't find any Coke products on board, unless you've brought them with you.
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Posted 15 April 2008 - 04:57 PM

YEAH, I could wrap one end around someting on the train, unwinding it and wrapping the other end around my waist while in the short stop stations, getting a coke.


Speaking of coke, I hope that you like Pepsi, because Amtrak has an exclusive contract with Pepsi. You won't find any Coke products on board, unless you've brought them with you.

That's why you have get off at the short stops - to get your fix! :lol: :lol:

Edited by the_traveler, 15 April 2008 - 04:58 PM.

Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 05:56 PM

I always carry a power strip with me. In part because I usually end up having way more things to plug in than outlets to do so (i.e. more than 1), and also because occasionally in coach I'll be in a car without outlets at every seat, or that I'll have a seatmate who wants to use the outlet. I've used it on a handful of times and every time other passengers were incredibly thankful I had it. (To give credit where its due, I think I got the idea from this forum)

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 06:00 PM

I always carry a power strip with me. In part because I usually end up having way more things to plug in than outlets to do so (i.e. more than 1), and also because occasionally in coach I'll be in a car without outlets at every seat, or that I'll have a seatmate who wants to use the outlet. I've used it on a handful of times and every time other passengers were incredibly thankful I had it. (To give credit where its due, I think I got the idea from this forum)

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 06:13 PM

I bring some small rags that I have cut up and put them in a ziplock baggie. They work for either the Windex or if there's something in your room vibrating due to the speed of the train, I can stuff it in the crevice and the noise goes away. Earplugs are a must for me, so is Tylenol PM. If you have some good "downers" at home, I would bring them. Sometimes the first night I'm so "jacked" up about the trip, that I don't sleep very well. Thats what the "downers" are good for. I usually take Tylenol PM but I have with me a couple prescription type that knock me out in about 10 minutes! :P If I'm going west on the CZ, we board at 12:30am, so even if I'm tired, I have a hard time falling to sleep since I'm excited about the trip I'm taking.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 06:35 PM

Windex is good for within your reach when cleaning window. You can't do it on second level of Superliner. The temperature in the train are varies between cars. Some cars are freezing, some are hot (mostly sightseer lounge), and some are perfect, so you'll need a sweater.
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Posted 15 April 2008 - 06:39 PM

Windex is good for within your reach when cleaning window. You can't do it on second level of Superliner. The temperature in the train are varies between cars. Some cars are freezing, some are hot (mostly sightseer lounge), and some are perfect, so you'll need a sweater.

Thanx, being a Florida Boy, I don't think about sweaters very often. Except tonight, low 40s, what the hell, it's April!!!

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 06:46 PM

I would add food to that list. and if you want cheap hot stuff get instant food (coffee, tea included) and a 1-cup hot water coil (get a good cup too).

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 06:54 PM

I would add food to that list. and if you want cheap hot stuff get instant food (coffee, tea included) and a 1-cup hot water coil (get a good cup too).

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Why food if all my meals are included, is it that bad? :o

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 07:10 PM

YEAH, I could wrap one end around someting on the train, unwinding it and wrapping the other end around my waist while in the short stop stations, getting a coke.


Speaking of coke, I hope that you like Pepsi, because Amtrak has an exclusive contract with Pepsi. You won't find any Coke products on board, unless you've brought them with you.

I know we about got left on EB last year in western N. Dakota when I went in to the station in search of a Diet Coke. There wasn't any there either!!
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Posted 15 April 2008 - 07:28 PM

I would add food to that list. and if you want cheap hot stuff get instant food (coffee, tea included) and a 1-cup hot water coil (get a good cup too).

peter

Why food if all my meals are included, is it that bad? :o


yes your meals are included but not your snacks.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 07:38 PM

I would add food to that list. and if you want cheap hot stuff get instant food (coffee, tea included) and a 1-cup hot water coil (get a good cup too).

peter

Why food if all my meals are included, is it that bad? :o


yes your meals are included but not your snacks.

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Posted 15 April 2008 - 07:46 PM

YEAH, I could wrap one end around someting on the train, unwinding it and wrapping the other end around my waist while in the short stop stations, getting a coke.


Speaking of coke, I hope that you like Pepsi, because Amtrak has an exclusive contract with Pepsi. You won't find any Coke products on board, unless you've brought them with you.

I know we about got left on EB last year in western N. Dakota when I went in to the station in search of a Diet Coke. There wasn't any there either!!
GregL :lol:



Ya know, we all need to start thinking "PEPSI"
Back Me Up, Alan :)

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