So, I've booked the tickets. I have everything arranged so that we get a lift to the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel from the Thru-way buses. I have also double checked with the ticketing agent again about our stroller. She took a good twenty minutes to check with their "helpdesk" that responded that the big tandem (in line seating) stroller we have should be fine and that there shouldn't be any need to buy any kind of box at any station. She said we can place it in the luggage storage between the wall and the luggage storage area .
Now for more questions. I keep seeing that there is a baggage car on the Southwest Chief. Can anyone confirm this? Is there typically one? Then, of course...I get that there's no checked baggage. And that we handle it ourselves..and that we're to carry it on...how and can we just place our stuff in the baggage car or what's the situation with that?
You're all wonderful help. Thanks in advance!
The only thing that passengers can accompany directly to a baggage car is a bicycle. Even then the passenger doesn't remove it and the bike would need to go to a station with baggage service.
You could theoretically check in your stroller in Chicago for a destination short of your final stop that has checked baggage service. However, you're normally not allowed to access the baggage car. The baggage must trave from and to staffed stations at both ends. The only exceptions may be some unstaffed stations with platform baggage service. These are specific stations, and the destination must be staffed anyways. You could check in baggage in Chicago if you have enough time, but your destination is the problem.
Edited by BCL, 18 July 2017 - 03:57 PM.