Very excited that I found this forum and am looking forward to all of your insight. My wife and I are looking into taking the LSL out of ERI to NYP this summer. 48 LSL there and 49 LSL back. We've both rode with Amtrak more than a dozen times, mostly on the Empire Service from ALB to NYP, however I'm a bit torn on whether or not to pull the trigger on train tickets versus airfare (which is fairly comparable in $).
As such, I've got a few questions:
- Viewliner Roomette - We're looking to purchase a roomette. From experience, how are they? Comfortable? Clean? Enough room for a couple and two carry-on bags?
- Dining - Researching the Amtrak site, it appears that dining is included with a sleeper room, however since we are boarding in ERI, which dining options will be available to us there and back? Any full dining car options or will it always be the combined diner/lounge configuration? Are their pre-posted breakfast, lunch, and dinner times?
- Delays - I understand delays are inevitable with shared rail, however does this train tend to make up time towards NYP?
So overall, is it worth it? We default to flying ERI to JFK but were looking for a slightly cheaper journey and a change of pace.