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  1. spinnaker

    Shared showers for roomettes questions

    Looks like something you would use to shackle a person's feet.
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    Shared showers for roomettes questions

    So Amtrak supplied the disposables??
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    Shared showers for roomettes questions

    I have only made a couple of cross country trips but I have never had to wait for the shower. Nor was there someone waiting when I exited. I usually wait for the SCA to come to make up the room then I head to the shower. Maybe that is good timing? But then again I have never noticed people waiting for showers. Perhaps the people in my cars never showered? Towels have always been in the shower with a bag for the used towels. . What I do is to dry myself off then use that towel to mop up any drips, then place the towel in the bag Probably a good idea to bring along a pair of shower flip flops. .
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    How to become a passenger train conductor?

    The snack car attendant on my last trip on the CZ lived a few miles from my home in Pittsburgh. He worked mainly the western LD trains. He said he would just hop on Amtrak to get to where he was working. Unfortunately he was not paid for travel time to work.
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    Roomette by Family Room- Too Noisy?

    I think a previous poster hit the nail right on the head. If it is a noisy family then it is going to be noisy. On a previous trip on the EB, I was in room #13 right next to the family room. The kids where really excited. It did not bother me one bit, I actually got kind of a kick out of them giggling and their comments to one another. I guess I was sort of living vicariously through them as I was also an excited 59 year old kid on my first long distance train ride. The audible excitement lasted only briefly. The moment mom and dad got the luggage stowed away, mom came into the room and explained to the kids they have to be quiet as their were other people on the train. The kids quieted down almost immediately and that was the last I heard from them on the trip. I was very impressed with the concern for thoer fellow passengers had and was even more impressed with the young ladies and gentlemen the parents had raised.
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    Which would you take? SWC or CZ?

    I'd take the SWC because I like the scenery a lot better. But scenery is a matter of taste. If you like repetitive mountains and rather same-y canyons, take the CZ. If you like the red rocks of New Mexico and the cactuses of Arizona and the tumbleweeds of Kansas, take the SWC. "Repetitive mountains" Oh the horror! Each and every cactus as well as each and every tumbleweed is unique and well worth seeing. !
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    Advise for SAC CS/CZ Overnight Connection?

    With luggage you might want to use it but hardly necessary otherwise. as far a walk goes. It is so close. Also Vagabond might not run the shuttle that late at night. Vagabond is an excellent hotel. Top notch service. Very clean and comfortable room. I arrived on the south bound CS and got there early in the morning. I was able to get breakfast at the hotel that morning. Breakfast buffet was excellent. And they got me an early morning check in. It doesn't look like much from the outside and the rooms are a bit dated but that did not bother me. I highly recommend. The other thing is it is very close to Old Town. I felt very comfortable walking to and from Old Town at night. Though I would caution not to stray too far wast of the hotel at night. Not much reason to go that way anyway since the pickings are pretty slim restaurant wise in that direction. There is a small store just east of the hotel on 1st street as I recall. Tip: Ask for a room "in the back" much quieter back there. The hotel's one and only problem is its proximity to the freeway. But a room in the back fixes all of that. One humorous note on the breakfast buffet. They label EVERYTHING. OK the eggs, sausage etc are labeled. That makes sense they are under a metal cover. But the toaster is labelled Toaster! I forget what else was labeled like that but I got a big kick out of it.
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    Third Trip, First Overnight

    But also if you’re on Amtrak, you basically don’t have any living costs while you’re onboard. Hmm, rent or mortgage., utilities, insurances. Nah, no living expenses. I had an SCA that didn't have a home. He would work as much as possible and when he was in town, he would crash at his sister's or a friend's place. He was young. So it can be done.
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    Third Trip, First Overnight

    I doubt doubt they are that aware. All you need to do as a coach passenger is quickly walk through the dining car to the sleeper. Wait a few minutes on the other side of the door then enter the dining car again for a meal. And I know I have entered the dining car from the SSL. I think it is just the honor system sort of thing. Sort of like at at a hotel. The problem might come with filling out the car and room number. You would have to know a valid car and room number and know it is occupied. But even then I bet they don't check or car to check. There are possible loopholes with a lot of things. I doubt that there are many people who will go to that much trouble to get a free meal at the risk of being discovered and possibly kicked off the train. Just because something is possible doesn't mean it's worth it or anyone will do it. In other words the honor system just like I mentioned. I really doubt dining car attendants are going through the trouble to notice what direction you enter from. A sleeping car passenger can enter from the SSL and they will most likely not ask to see a ticket to prove you are first class.
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    Third Trip, First Overnight

    I doubt doubt they are that aware. All you need to do as a coach passenger is quickly walk through the dining car to the sleeper. Wait a few minutes on the other side of the door then enter the dining car again for a meal. And I know I have entered the dining car from the SSL. I think it is just the honor system sort of thing. Sort of like at at a hotel. The problem might come with filling out the car and room number. You would have to know a valid car and room number and know it is occupied. But even then I bet they don't check or car to check.
  11. Wish we could ship them out rain. Been raining for two days straight here.
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    Amtrak voucher expiration date?

    Great thanks. There are very few terms on the voucher. It is why I asked. I would likely not wait till the last minute. My planned travel is in September and would like to be booked well before then.
  13. Amtrak gave me a voucher, because of my missed CL connection, It has an expiration date of July 25 2019. Is this the travel by date? Or just the last day I have to book a trip?
  14. What is with half of the video being obstructed by those popup videos? Is that a new think from youtube or is the author of the video responsible? I live in western PA. I have not heard one word of flooding in the east. We have had no heavy rain here in weeks.
  15. This sounds like the same car I was on in July. Fortunately for me only half the car was out and there was plenty of open rooms in the other half. It failed as we were coming in to Chicago which was also fortunate. But our SCA was very annoyed as he reported the issue with the AC a couple of times before. What car were you in? I was in 632 Room 11. Car 0631, Room 11. The car's physical, or identifying, number is 32041 (the number painted on the end of the car). I was told on another list that the first number, 0631, can be changed per train trip. Oh yes! I should have gotten the actual car number. We still very well could have had the same car.
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