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Transferring trains quickly at Union - Wash DC


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#21 TC_NYC

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 03:59 PM

Fortunately the last few times I took 98 it has very good timekeeping, actually getting into Washington early

 

If you do miss the Vermonter, consider staying on #98 as far as New York, there is a chance he passes it between WAS and BAL. The Vermonter makes both BWI and NCR, which are on the local track and 98 should be running on the express track through that section. 



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Posted 29 May 2018 - 04:18 PM

There are no local and express tracks In this section. It’s a two track railroad WAS-NCR, and then a three track run up to BWI.

There is a small chance that you would get past at BWI, but not a likely one.
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Posted 29 May 2018 - 05:12 PM

I agree about the redcaps. They can do amazing things to bypass lines and waits. In Chicago, one was taking us to the lounge then realized the close connection and rerouted us to our train. We were the first to board - even before those coming from the lounge. Crew grumbled but did not say anything to redcap. He just put us and our baggage on the train - something the SCAs rarely do.



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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:08 PM

Thanks everyone. I kinda forgot that Ill need a seat assignment (coach) on the Vermonter, or is that just for Biz Clasa?

About to board the SM in a few minutes and hopefully go straight to the dining car after I drop my bags in my roomers.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:10 PM

Thanks everyone. I kinda forgot that Ill need a seat assignment (coach) on the Vermonter, or is that just for Biz Clasa?

About to board the SM in a few minutes and hopefully go straight to the dining car after I drop my bags in my roomers.

On most LD trains, seats are assigned, but I'm not sure about the Vermonter. Either way, I'm sure you'll be fine. Have a great trip!

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:41 PM

No sightseer lounge on this Viewliner. I guess those are only on Superliners? There is a lounge car though, just not with the chairs that face the windows.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 07:36 PM

No sightseer lounge on this Viewliner. I guess those are only on Superliners? There is a lounge car though, just not with the chairs that face the windows.

Yeah, Sightseer Lounges are a Superliner thing. You got to “enjoy” the wonderful Amfleet II Lounge AmCave.


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Posted 29 May 2018 - 09:03 PM

Unfortunately, the East Coast trains, except the Cap Ltd do not have a lounge with big windows and comfortable seating to view what is passing by.  Instead you have narrow windows in a tube.


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Posted 30 May 2018 - 03:56 AM

Dinner was enjoyable last night (sat across from a couple from England). I had the surf n turf with a half bottle and the pecan tart. Was the lasf one in the dining car (didnt get seated until 8:20). Read for a bit then turned in. Been up since about 3:15 watching stations go by. Thankfully the train is running perfectly on time (so far) so my connection at Union Station is looking like it will be easy to make.

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 05:34 AM

Fairly certain that this train has one of the brand new dining cars. Glass dividers sit above the benches between booths. And the walls are paneled with a wood veneer and the Art Deco light fixtures overhead are nicely designed.

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 06:02 AM

Fairly certain that this train has one of the brand new dining cars. Glass dividers sit above the benches between booths. And the walls are paneled with a wood veneer and the Art Deco light fixtures overhead are nicely designed.

That's a new diner.  Another tell-tale sign is the 2nd row of windows



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Posted 30 May 2018 - 08:13 AM

Fairly certain that this train has one of the brand new dining cars. Glass dividers sit above the benches between booths. And the walls are paneled with a wood veneer and the Art Deco light fixtures overhead are nicely designed.

Definitely is a new diner, since: a) That's definitely what they look like, and b) There aren't any old diners left.

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 09:21 PM

I can get from thirty track to the commissary in under ten minutes. And the commissary is out past track eight. With a fully loaded cart of ice. So yes it should be doable as long as 98 is on time. Don't linger, walk with purpose and you'll be fine. Thirty is the furthest away from the building
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