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#101 norfolkwesternhenry

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 10:53 PM

Many times a year I get driven, but for the occasion, nobody is available or willing to go with me, or drive me. On the way back my mom can drive me, but the way there is the main concern.

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No trees were killed to make this, but a number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

My apologies if I offend you, or seem stubborn, it's simply my nature. I am 14 after all, and my English isn't exactly perfect.


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Posted Yesterday, 11:48 AM

Sure the cutoff age is arbitrary, but there have been high profile cases where a kid under 16 has been removed from Amtrak. You don't sound as f you wish to try without an assurance that you'll be able to make it.

I take it that you've probably done the current "interview" yourself for travel between staffed stations. I understand it's pretty basic. Just asking if the kid knows where to ride on the train and to meet the station agent at the destination. I was reading one blog about a kid who ended up meeting the adult without checking in with the station agent, and the adult was called to make sure that the kid was with him. That's basically what the station agent is supposed to do.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:50 PM

Sure the cutoff age is arbitrary, but there have been high profile cases where a kid under 16 has been removed from Amtrak. You don't sound as f you wish to try without an assurance that you'll be able to make it.

I take it that you've probably done the current "interview" yourself for travel between staffed stations. I understand it's pretty basic. Just asking if the kid knows where to ride on the train and to meet the station agent at the destination. I was reading one blog about a kid who ended up meeting the adult without checking in with the station agent, and the adult was called to make sure that the kid was with him. That's basically what the station agent is supposed to do.


Maybe I missed it but I don't think he intimated any intention of violating the policy. He would like the policy changed to allow exceptions. At his age he doesn't understand why bureaucracy is going to win out in this situation and there won't be an exception for him no matter how mature he believes he is or how logical it seem to him that he should be an exception.

The interviews are pretty basic. Like telling them to follow the conductors instructions, sit where the conductor seats them, that at the destination station, station personnel will escort them from the train to the station. Do they know where they are going? Do they know the person picking them up? Tell the conductor if anyone bothers them.




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