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Posted 15 April 2018 - 03:34 AM

Tehachapi is something that is fairly but not extremely rare. It seems to come about as often as an Olympic games or lunar eclipse - every few years. It used to much rarer and could become more rare in the future if Anderson has his way. 



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Posted 16 April 2018 - 11:18 AM

I rode the Tehachapi Detour on the CS several years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. It helped me to prepare for my first-ever opportunity to operate trains and work as the Caliente telegrapher on the La Mesa Model RR in San Diego last weekend.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 04:16 PM

From a check of the Amtrak website, it appears that the northbound CS will take the Tehachapi Detour on 28 April only.


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Posted 17 April 2018 - 09:19 AM

From a check of the Amtrak website, it appears that the northbound CS will take the Tehachapi Detour on 28 April only.
 

Looks like the 29th also.  At least, LAX to OKJ is available, but for all intermediate points it says that heading to OKJ is "sold out", ie not available.


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Posted 20 April 2018 - 06:15 PM


From a check of the Amtrak website, it appears that the northbound CS will take the Tehachapi Detour on 28 April only.
 

Looks like the 29th also.  At least, LAX to OKJ is available, but for all intermediate points it says that heading to OKJ is "sold out", ie not available.


Thinking about flying to LAX to ride No. 14 on the 28th...
I did not see any mention of this detour on the Amtrak website...only the fact that it shows sold out at San Jose, but seats available to SFF....
So can anyone give me confidence that the train is indeed scheduled to detour?
I realize they can alter these plans anytime (it happened before due to trackwork changes or early completion),
But wondering why no service advisory?

And is the 28th the best date to try for?

Appreciate any suggestions from those with good info...
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Posted 20 April 2018 - 09:39 PM

Tehachapi is something that is fairly but not extremely rare. It seems to come about as often as an Olympic games or lunar eclipse - every few years. It used to much rarer and could become more rare in the future if Anderson has his way.


I've never seen it by train. About a decade ago my spouse, looking at the map, suggested as an alternative to driving through LA on our way back to Arizona, taking the road from Bakersfield to Barstow, to Flagstaff, to Phoenix. Tehachapi was an amazing sight to us, one I've always wished since that I could see from a train.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:52 PM

Booked!

I spoke to Amtrak reservations today, and the nice agent confirmed that they are indeed detouring northbound on the 28th.   She said the reason that there is no advisory is that thru passengers will "not be affected"...

So I am taking a chance and flying out to try once again for this trip on No. 14 from Los Angeles to Oakland on the 28th...

Anyone else going? :)


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 01:46 PM

This has probably been discussed here before, (I can't figure out how to use 'search' to find it), but I am looking for suggestions on how to get a jump on getting a Sightseer Lounge seat...

Usual method of engaging a Red Cap, apply here for early boarding?

Appreciate any suggestions....


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 01:59 PM

Booked!
I spoke to Amtrak reservations today, and the nice agent confirmed that they are indeed detouring northbound on the 28th.   She said the reason that there is no advisory is that thru passengers will "not be affected"...
So I am taking a chance and flying out to try once again for this trip on No. 14 from Los Angeles to Oakland on the 28th...
Anyone else going? :)


I'd do it in a heartbeat if I didn't already have a commitment on the 28th.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 02:40 PM

This has probably been discussed here before, (I can't figure out how to use 'search' to find it), but I am looking for suggestions on how to get a jump on getting a Sightseer Lounge seat...
Usual method of engaging a Red Cap, apply here for early boarding?
Appreciate any suggestions....

Head over during meal hours or ‘in the wee hours of the morning’. Pax can’t reserve seats, so if a seat is empty you can take it. If another passenger says that a seat is reserved and refuses to let you sit, tell a staff member. That’s the main stuff.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 03:19 PM

 

This has probably been discussed here before, (I can't figure out how to use 'search' to find it), but I am looking for suggestions on how to get a jump on getting a Sightseer Lounge seat...
Usual method of engaging a Red Cap, apply here for early boarding?
Appreciate any suggestions....

Head over during meal hours or ‘in the wee hours of the morning’. Pax can’t reserve seats, so if a seat is empty you can take it. If another passenger says that a seat is reserved and refuses to let you sit, tell a staff member. That’s the main stuff.

 

That would work southbound, perhaps, but I am boarding in LA....


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:19 PM

This has probably been discussed here before, (I can't figure out how to use 'search' to find it), but I am looking for suggestions on how to get a jump on getting a Sightseer Lounge seat...
Usual method of engaging a Red Cap, apply here for early boarding?
Appreciate any suggestions....

I don't think that late April is a busy period and the detour should actually result in less passengers, not more, so I doubt you will have any difficulty finding a seat if you go there as soon as your ticket is scanned.

Edited by brianpmcdonnell17, 22 April 2018 - 07:44 PM.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:49 PM

 

This has probably been discussed here before, (I can't figure out how to use 'search' to find it), but I am looking for suggestions on how to get a jump on getting a Sightseer Lounge seat...
Usual method of engaging a Red Cap, apply here for early boarding?
Appreciate any suggestions....

I don't think that late April is a busy period and the detour should actually result in less passengers, not more, so I doubt you will have any difficulty finding a seat if you go there as soon as your ticket is scanned.

 

Thanks...sounds promising...do you have to wait at your seat until ticket is scanned, or can you move freely into the lounge, and get your ticket scanned in there?


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:11 PM

This has probably been discussed here before, (I can't figure out how to use 'search' to find it), but I am looking for suggestions on how to get a jump on getting a Sightseer Lounge seat...
Usual method of engaging a Red Cap, apply here for early boarding?
Appreciate any suggestions....

I don't think that late April is a busy period and the detour should actually result in less passengers, not more, so I doubt you will have any difficulty finding a seat if you go there as soon as your ticket is scanned.
Thanks...sounds promising...do you have to wait at your seat until ticket is scanned, or can you move freely into the lounge, and get your ticket scanned in there?
Generally you have to wait at your seat, but if you happen get your ticket scanned as you board (not particularly uncommon), head straight to the SSL.

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 02:52 PM

I have a ticket booked for one of the days that may detour. Fingers crossed we go through the Central Valley and not down the dramatic Coast Route.



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Posted 23 April 2018 - 08:13 PM

Sunny skies forecast for southern California on the 28th and 29th, so the detour will not likely be postponed for any weather reasons.

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 10:27 PM

Sunny skies forecast for southern California on the 28th and 29th, so the detour will not likely be postponed for any weather reasons.

Now that sounds encouraging....thanks!

Now I have to find an economic place to stay on the 27th in LA....either near the airport, or the station.   I would prefer being near the station, to avoid any stress in the morning, getting from one to the other... :)


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:19 AM

Several people here on AU have recommended the Metro Plaza Hotel as a decent place to stay near LAUS.

It's about 1/4 mile walking distance from the front door of Union Station.


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 10:37 AM

That hotel is sold out on the 27th....

I booked a hotel at LAX for a very good rate, and will get up early and take the 'Flyaway' bus over to Union Station...

 

And then head over here to have breakfast, and get a sandwich to go, for lunch....  :)

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Posted 24 April 2018 - 01:04 PM

That hotel is sold out on the 27th....
I booked a hotel at LAX for a very good rate, and will get up early and take the 'Flyaway' bus over to Union Station...
 
And then head over here to have breakfast, and get a sandwich to go, for lunch....  :)
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