Jump to content




Help Support AmtrakTrains.com by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.

Crescent from Charlottesville to Greenville, SC newbie


7 replies to this topic

#1 Guest_Bigjwood_*

Guest_Bigjwood_*
  • Guests

Posted 26 June 2018 - 11:16 AM

First time on Amtrak since I was a kid. A few questions floating around in my head.

1. How crowded will it be? Leaving 7/3 at 9 pm. Hoping to get a window seat and no neighbor.

2. Are delays common?

3. Can I bring adult beverages?

TIA

#2 pennyk

pennyk

    Engineer

  • Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,736 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Orlando, FL

Posted 26 June 2018 - 11:23 AM

That is not a route I regularly take, so I have no idea whether you will be able to get a window seat and no neighbor.  Frankly, I would not count on it during the busy summer season.

 

I have been watching the Crescent and there are frequent delays, but the majority of the delays are after Atlanta.

 

Regarding adult beverages, you can carry them in the luggage, but, in coach, you cannot consume your personal adult beverages.  If you purchase alcohol in the cafe car, you will be able to consume it on board.


Amtrak miles: 246,317; Routes: Silver Meteor, Champion, Silver Star, Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder, Lakeshore Limited, Adirondack, Vermonter, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle, Missouri River Runner, Acela Express, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Hiawatha Service, Maple Leaf, Keystone Service, NE Regional, Downeaster, Piedmont, Carolinian, Lincoln Service, Autumn Express 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, Empire Service, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor, Pennsylvanian, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Ethan Allen Express, AEM-7 Excursion, Pacific Surfliner, Palmetto.  VIA miles: 4,584; Routes: The Canadian, Ocean; Alaska RR Denali Star: 356 miles


#3 cpotisch

cpotisch

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,144 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brooklyn, NY
  • Interests:Planes, Trains, Cooking, Politics

Posted 26 June 2018 - 01:21 PM

1. How crowded will it be? Leaving 7/3 at 9 pm. Hoping to get a window seat and no neighbor.

It really varies, I haven't taken the Crescent much, but it often depends on the day. If you do end up with an empty seat next to you, feel free to stretch out a bit, but make sure that you can quickly and easily migrate back into your designated seat, in the event that someone boards and does need that seat.

 

2. Are delays common?

The Crescent has been experiencing frequent delays lately, so according to this site (which I love), the  average delay on the southbound Crescent departing Charlottesville, is 23 minutes. Meanwhile, the average delay of the Crescent into Greensboro is 51 minutes.

 

3. Can I bring adult beverages?

Coach passengers are not allowed to consume their own alcoholic beverages onboard. If you buy a hard beverage in the snack car or dining car, you are allowed to consume it there, but not at your seat. Just to emphasize this, you can not consume any alcoholic beverages that you brought onboard yourself, regardless of what car you're in.


Routes Traveled: Silver Meteor, Silver Star, CrescentLake Shore LimitedCalifornia Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Texas EagleEthan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, AdirondackAcela Express, Northeast RegionalKeystone Service, Downeaster w/ Great Dome
 
Wish List: Auto Train, Cardinal, CONO, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Crescent (overnight), Adirondack w/ Great Dome


#4 the_traveler

the_traveler

    Engineer

  • Global Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 25,351 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Whatever siding I'm sitting on!
  • Interests:Looking at GPS to find out where I am at!

Posted 26 June 2018 - 06:58 PM

 

3. Can I bring adult beverages?

Coach passengers are not allowed to consume their own alcoholic beverages onboard. If you buy a hard beverage in the snack car or dining car, you are allowed to consume it there, but not at your seat. Just to emphasize this, you can not consume any alcoholic beverages that you brought onboard yourself, regardless of what car you're in.

 


Correction: If it is purchased onboard, it can be consumed at your seat!

Example- If you purchase a beer, it can be consumed at your seat - the same as soda or coffee.


Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!

#5 AmtrakBlue

AmtrakBlue

    Engineer

  • Gathering Team Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10,485 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Delaware

Posted 26 June 2018 - 07:47 PM

 

1. How crowded will it be? Leaving 7/3 at 9 pm. Hoping to get a window seat and no neighbor.

It really varies, I haven't taken the Crescent much, but it often depends on the day. If you do end up with an empty seat next to you, feel free to stretch out a bit, but make sure that you can quickly and easily migrate back into your designated seat, in the event that someone boards and does need that seat.

 

2. Are delays common?

The Crescent has been experiencing frequent delays lately, so according to this site (which I love), the  average delay on the southbound Crescent departing Charlottesville, is 23 minutes. Meanwhile, the average delay of the Crescent into Greensboro is 51 minutes.

 

3. Can I bring adult beverages?

Coach passengers are not allowed to consume their own alcoholic beverages onboard. If you buy a hard beverage in the snack car or dining car, you are allowed to consume it there, but not at your seat. Just to emphasize this, you can not consume any alcoholic beverages that you brought onboard yourself, regardless of what car you're in.

 

You can consume your own alcoholic beverage if you're in a sleeper and consume it in your room.



#6 Guest_bigjwood_*

Guest_bigjwood_*
  • Guests

Posted 27 June 2018 - 09:56 AM

Thanks for the replies. Im sure my father-in-law wouldnt mind a delay. Hes picking me up with a scheduled arrival of 5 am.
Charlottesville station is attached to a nice wing/sports bar. Not a bad place to kill time if Im waiting for 19 to show up.

#7 jebr

jebr

    Engineer

  • Forum Manager
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,131 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:"The Last Great City of the East," St. Paul, MN

Posted 27 June 2018 - 12:00 PM

 

3. Can I bring adult beverages?

Coach passengers are not allowed to consume their own alcoholic beverages onboard. If you buy a hard beverage in the snack car or dining car, you are allowed to consume it there, but not at your seat. Just to emphasize this, you can not consume any alcoholic beverages that you brought onboard yourself, regardless of what car you're in.

 

 

This part is incorrect.

 

Any alcohol purchased onboard the train from the cafe or dining car can be consumed anywhere on the train, with the possible exception of bringing a drink in from the cafe car to the diner car to eat a meal (I'm not sure how they would treat that situation.)

 

Any alcohol that's not purchased onboard the train from the cafe or dining car can only be consumed in a private sleeper accommodation.



#8 cpotisch

cpotisch

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,144 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brooklyn, NY
  • Interests:Planes, Trains, Cooking, Politics

Posted 27 June 2018 - 12:07 PM

 

 

3. Can I bring adult beverages?

Coach passengers are not allowed to consume their own alcoholic beverages onboard. If you buy a hard beverage in the snack car or dining car, you are allowed to consume it there, but not at your seat. Just to emphasize this, you can not consume any alcoholic beverages that you brought onboard yourself, regardless of what car you're in.

 

 

This part is incorrect.

 

Any alcohol purchased onboard the train from the cafe or dining car can be consumed anywhere on the train, with the possible exception of bringing a drink in from the cafe car to the diner car to eat a meal (I'm not sure how they would treat that situation.)

 

Any alcohol that's not purchased onboard the train from the cafe or dining car can only be consumed in a private sleeper accommodation.

 

Thanks. Would have sworn that that wasn't the case.


Routes Traveled: Silver Meteor, Silver Star, CrescentLake Shore LimitedCalifornia Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Texas EagleEthan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, AdirondackAcela Express, Northeast RegionalKeystone Service, Downeaster w/ Great Dome
 
Wish List: Auto Train, Cardinal, CONO, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Crescent (overnight), Adirondack w/ Great Dome




Reply to this topic



  

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users