Having those cars open got a number of people to try Amtrak.
Replying to Train Tours
Posted 01 September 2017 - 10:31 PM
Posted 01 September 2017 - 09:21 AM
With the elimination of Amtrak National Train Day, the general public no longer has "tour" access to a LD train. IMO, the train day promotion was beneficial but since there was no way to gauge its success, it fell to Boardman's cost cutting program. The only way to see the interior of an Amtrak train is to purchase a ticket or use the online virtual tour .
Posted 11 August 2017 - 10:25 PM
...and is going to ask you to come back later.
[Preferably after the next crew change!]
Posted 11 August 2017 - 08:48 PM
Posted 11 August 2017 - 09:00 AM
It honestly isn't worth going to the Conductor for an upgrade these days. It's easier to call Amtrak to do it. The conductor can get the updated info on his or her device.
Unless, of course, you are in an area where there is no cell service.
Posted 10 August 2017 - 02:32 PM
It may be difficult to get a live preview, but there are some decent you tube videos that passengers have posted of their trips in various types of rooms. That may be of some use.
Posted 09 August 2017 - 11:48 PM
Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:37 PM
I didn't know Amtrak would sometimes allow a non-ticketed person to see what a sleeper car looked like. Interesting. I wonder if Amtrak has ever permitted that, in the middle of the day in Chicago after the inbound long distance cars were cleaned, but before they started to board outbound long distance trains for the day? Of course they do restrict who can enter the gate areas in Chicago for Amtrak except when the train is boarding, so who knows how employees in CHI would handle that. And I worry that with the Amtrak security I always see walking around that station, that it probably wouldn't be allowed.
Maybe the Amtrak employees would be more open to showing a customer what a sleeper was like, at a longer service stop station in the middle of a long distance route? (I.e. Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, KC, etc)
I doubt if any Amtrak employee would allow a non-passenger aboard a train, even during a crew change stop. They would be responsible for any problems that "visitor" might cause. Just because Lonestar got to show someone around his car doesn't mean it happens on a regular basis.
Not sure if it's a rule or not... But I've seen it happen several times in both sleeper and coach. Sometimes it's a family helping other family members onto the train. Once, last November, my sleeper attendant let a regular Railfan on to the sleeper to get an apple and some juice from the sleeper. So yeah... It happens. As with everything on Amtrak, ymmv.
Posted 07 August 2017 - 11:08 PM
Posted 05 August 2017 - 10:16 PM
Some years ago when we first started traveling by train, after we had booked the Coast Starlight, we went down to LA Union Station a few weeks before the trip, walked out to the train and talked to a SCA. That one particular SCA allowed us to see the accommodations on a sleeper (we had booked a Roomette) before boarding had begun. We were on and off in less than 10 minutes. Noticed my last couple of trips out of LA, Red Caps are taking passengers out to the platform even before the train arrives from the yard.