I'm taking the Silver Meteor 98 from Savannah tonight arriving at Union Station (Wash DC) tomorrow morning. I'm making an un-sanctioned connection to the Vermonter at the station with a 50 minute gap between arrival and departure. I say un-sanctioned because Amtrak doesn't recommend this short of a transfer window since their trains are frequently late. Nevertheless, I'm attempting it anyway. I've been watching SM98 for the last week and it's been late about 50% of the time and on-time/early about 50% of the time.
My question is this - since I know that at larger stations like Union in DC, Amtrak follows a boarding process similar to the way airports board, will this boarding process affect me when I'm trying to make my connection?
I'm hoping that I can just de-board the Silver Meteor and locate the Vermonter immediately on it's track and get on (DC is the Vermonter's origin point so the train should be there). If I need to follow the Union Station boarding process, I'll just need to get that in my plan for arriving tomorrow morning.