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Posted 14 May 2018 - 08:35 PM

I'm going from Albuquerque to Chicago (SW Chief) in a roomette, then Chicago to Washington DC (Cap Ltd) in a roomette. From DC I'm going to Alexandria, so for that 20-minute portion I'll be going coach on the Silver Star. Can't use an upgrade coupon for the Silver Star and it's a blackout day anyway.

 

A few years ago that sleeper portion of the trip would have let me into the first class lounge at DC even though I was going to proceed in coach class. But I thought I read here that in Chicago they changed that, they would only give access to the lounge if you were going first or sleeper class from the lounge that day.

 

Is that how it is in all the first class lounges now or will they allow me to sit in the one in DC for a few hours?



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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:16 PM

As far as I know, you have lounge access

from the website:

Amtrak passengers with a same-day ticket (departing) or ticket receipt (arriving) in First Class or sleeping car accommodations.


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:28 PM

That's correct. Lounge access won't be a problem.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:45 AM

Thanks! That makes it a lot easier for me.



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:57 AM

Chicago Metropolitan Lounge and Washington Acela Lounge.



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:54 AM

Chicago Metropolitan Lounge and Washington ClubAcela Lounge.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:58 AM

Maybe you have a reason for doing it the way you're doing it, but I want to make sure you know that you don't have to wait around for the Silver Star to get from Washington to Alexandria: Both stations are served by the Metro (they're called "Union Station" and "King Street - Old Town" on the WMATA map).  



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:59 AM

Maybe you have a reason for doing it the way you're doing it, but I want to make sure you know that you don't have to wait around for the Silver Star to get from Washington to Alexandria: Both stations are served by the Metro (they're called "Union Station" and "King Street - Old Town" on the [url="https://www.wmata.co...m-Map.pdf]WMATA map

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:03 PM

Maybe you have a reason for doing it the way you're doing it, but I want to make sure you know that you don't have to wait around for the Silver Star to get from Washington to Alexandria: Both stations are served by the Metro (they're called "Union Station" and "King Street - Old Town" on the WMATA map)

Thank you, but yes, there is a reason, the Alexandria Amtrak station is where my ride to Arlington/Falls Church wants to pick me up. And I have other issues about carrying all my carry-on stuff on the metro, although I 'd probably try it if my ride didn't want me at the Amtrak metro station.



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:12 PM

The Amtrak Station and Metro Station in Alexandria are parallel about a block from each other, EZ walk under the bridge!
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:49 PM

Bob, I'm sorry I'm not making this too clear. My ride will not get off work until midafternoon. So I can cancel the ticket I already got 2 months ago, get off the Cap Ltd, take all my carryon stuff onto the Metro, drag it under the bridge and wait 2 hours there. Or I can simply keep my ticket as is, spend the 2 hours in the lounge at Washington Union Station (ahem, apologies, the ClubAcela​), and then get on the Silver Star and be met by my ride at the Amtrak station, without having to drag all my carryon stuff under the bridge. 

 

Not to mention last time I visited that area this article was published in the Post:

https://www.washingt...-on-metro/2014/

 

Being a middle-aged woman with a few physical problems traveling alone is always going to make me prefer the comfort and safety of Amtrak. When I'm *not* alone it's different!



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:24 PM

Thanks Michiko, makes sense now!😉
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