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  2. Not if you are a US citizen entering Canada from the US. The US Passport suffices. You may be asked additional questions at the discretion of border agents tho.
  3. Skyline

    EB/CL Connection in Chicago

    Be aware that if you miss a connection and had reservations in a sleeper (on the train you missed), there may not be any sleeping accommodations available on the next day's train.
  4. I really wish there were an anti-NIMBY equivalent of the anti-SLAPP rules various jurisdictions have (i.e. a vexatious/frivilous case results in either having to pay opposing counsel's costs and/or sanctions against the plaintiff and their counsel).
  5. New York City sells old subway equipment like tokens and signs. Here are some of the best vintage transit items you can buy https://www.businessinsider.com/nyc-vintage-subway-items-for-sale-tokens-seats-signs-and-more-2019-2
  6. keelhauled

    EB/CL Connection in Chicago

    I have heard people say that they’ve been put up in a roomette in a Superliner parked at Union Station when their connection has been missed. I don’t know what the rhyme or reason is in determining what accommodations you get. Perhaps coach passengers get the roomette and sleeper passengers get a hotel.
  7. https://sf.streetsblog.org/2019/02/13/editorial-california-high-speed-rail-is-still-on/
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  9. Many years ago, on a trip with my parents to visit my sister (she lived in Santa Monica at that time) we took a very interesting tour. Don't know how they are today..It was quite a while ago, the Spruce Goose was right nearby...
  10. PaTrainFan

    EB/CL Connection in Chicago

    I'm an experienced Amtrak traveler and have yet to miss a connection. Was just curious what scenarios require Amtrak to put up customers overnight. The last several times I have gone out west I have flown back but this time looking for the round trip by train, and this is the very first time I have looking at that EB/CL connection. Most of the other inbound western trains have much earlier arrivals. I am planning on roomette. Enjoy Chicago on all levels, and an overnight on my dime is fine, but again, thinking of my options for that relatively short layover. If Amtrak has to pay, then all the better. ;-) Thank you.
  11. PVD

    EB/CL Connection in Chicago

    My last blown connection they used the Swissotel, it's pretty nice....That's no guarantee, on any given night, depending on what's going on in Chicago, and how many passengers need to be accommodated, there are many other possibilities....
  12. Ringfinder

    EB/CL Connection in Chicago

    For all the times my wife and I have traveled Amtrak from Toledo, Ohio to parts unknown, we’ve never been put up in a room in Chicago because of a late train. I’d say if you want to stay in Chicago, you better book a room there, LOL! If your traveling in a roomette, the Chicago 1st Class area is one of the Best Amtrak offers! If your not traveling out west 1st class, I highly recommend it. You have your own room, can shut the door and sleep the night away. A Big Plus is all your meals are included! Have fun, your going to Love traveling out West! We’ve been to Seattle twice for Alaska cruises, Emeryville, near San Francisco, LA, Albuquerque and soon to Washington DC and then on to Florida! SaveTravels!
  13. Railroad Bill

    EB/CL Connection in Chicago

    The connection has traditionally been a shaky one due to the EB poor OTP but summer months may provide a better chance of making the Cap Ltd. The Cap has been held for up to an hour or so if the western trains are running only slightly late. Since we live near Cleveland we have always had the option of taking the LSL, but PGH connections do not have that option. Since Amtrak guarantees the connection they will put you up in a hotel and give you a food voucher and cab voucher if necessary. If you read some of the earlier threads on this subject, many passengers were pleased with their accomodations. If you cannot stay overnight, you could fly to PGH but Amtrak will not pay for that scenario according to those who have tried that. As long as you have the time to stay over, I would not worry about it, enjoy the ride on the EB and see what happens.
  14. lordsigma

    FY19 Appropriation - Safe

    I wonder if this station agent provision applies to the state supported routes that eliminated some stations. You’d think not as the state would have had to agree to the unstaffing but I guess we’ll see.
  15. Am looking at a western trip this summer with a return to Chicago on the Empire Builder with connection to Pittsburgh on the Capitol Limited. What is Amtrak's window for guaranteed connections? The EB is due in at 3:55 and the CL is scheduled to depart at 6:40. Thought about planning an overnight in Chicago, but given the EB's history of poor timekeeping, I am thinking I may just roll the dice and schedule that connection and if the EB is significantly late I get a night in Chicago on Amtrak's dime rather than it coming out of my pocket. When this happens, generally speaking what kind of accommodations can one expect? Do they cover meals as well?
  16. Pretty good sale this weekend for anyone who needs to buy tickets. Booked all my currently known trips for spring and early summer yesterday. Buy one get one on coach fares nation wide (excluding unreserved tickets) and also includes Acela business. As usual, not applicable for advance fares but my main trip already didn’t have any saver seats left. Anyone else take advantage? Also not online exclusive - this deal can also be done over the phone or with a station agent. March 25 - July 29 and no blackouts apparently.
  17. lordsigma

    FY19 Appropriation - Safe

    Was the veterans discount similar to the disabled where it is not applicable to advanced fare buckets?
  18. GBNorman

    Airbus to Halt A380 Production

    Somehow, Advocate, I doubt if I'm the first around here to stand "guilty as charged" for drawing a topic away from its subject. "Passive/Aggressive" is an interesting comment. Since I only fly three trips a year, this (almost) 78yo does not wish to be "thrown" having to learn new Terminals at (again) "the World's Busiest" and for that matter, destination airports. So, along with every other goods and service provider I have, United is my "go to".
  19. Looks like you can book a tour. https://www.seetickets.us/event/Queen-Mary-Attractions-Tickets/377742 Even a paranormal tour is available https://www.queenmary.com
  20. Maybe the two of you should book a stay on Cold Mary, late Spring it should be glorious and there is so much more to the ship than our photos show. It certainly has bags of character.
  21. The three red funnels on the QM look right to me, as well as the equipment on the bridge. I guess that was the type of ship one always saw pictured, back in the day. Likewise, I loved seeing the rivets, they certainly make it look like a strong construction. That is part of my fascination with old metal bridges, etc. Ed.
  22. anumberone

    Passport CARD Okay On Maple Leaf?

    That card is a cute item and should work in most cases that it's intend for. That being said, its completely worthless in some situations that for God only knows pop up on a trip. Going through customs in Canada, along with proper credentials, good behaviour is a must.
  23. caravanman

    Passport CARD Okay On Maple Leaf?

    The cost of an ESTA to enter the US is $14. It is only a travel permit, the final say is with the immigration folk when one arrives, just like any regular visa I guess. I was just surprised that they insisted I pay the $14 again to enter by land. I didn't need any visa at all, last time I flew to Canada, but in future I would need a $7 CAD e-visa to arrive by plane. No e-visa required to arrive by train, just the passport. Good value, an e-visa to India costs me $100 US each time! Ed.
  24. Devil's Advocate

    Airbus to Halt A380 Production

    Yes, you can still continue straight to the closest emergency alternate. Failure of multiple engines is considered a very serious event. I'm unaware of any commercial airline/insurer/regulator careless enough to allow an aircraft with two failed engines the option to resume travel to the original destination unimpeded. You don't know or care anything about the A380, which is the actual topic of this thread, but you just wanted to remind us about your passive aggressive marriage to United? OK.
  25. I'm the national secretary for RPA. Please, call the office and check what happened. It is entirely possible that there was/is an issue on RPA's end, but it is also possible that there's an issue on Amtrak's end (which I am fairly sure we would be happy to investigate). The number is 202-408-8362. One thing I would ask: Did you join as an annual member or with a monthly payment? If the latter, I believe the points get broken up over the year. (And I'm going to ask about the RTJ ad) Edit: I've PMed both of you to try and get to the bottom of this and make sure you get your points.
  26. I renewed in November and had the same thing happen, despite seeing the points listed on the page where I selected the membership level!
  27. First hand experience in 2017. I never had a passport before, and needed one to enter Canada (last time I went to Canada it wasn't required). So I jumped through all the US government's obstacle courses enroute to getting a passport and actually had mine about 10 months later. You really have to cross ever y T and dot every i, or it will be rejected and you'll have to resubmit from the back of the line. This happened twice for me. The plastic wallet US passport card, photo ID, I received on the third try is all you need to enter Canada and re-enter the US by train, bus, foot, car. It was explained to me that if I only wanted to travel from the US to Canada and back -- not by air -- that the wallet card would suffice. Travel involving any other country (see possible exception, below) requiring non-land transportation I would need the more expensive book. Since I never fly, I opted for the less expensive card. It's good for 10 years from issue date. The passport card was also good for land travel to/from Mexico as of May 2017. I hope it still is, but can't personally vouch for that given current political hyperbole.
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