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  1. FreeskierInVT

    Multi-city vs one-way booking

    I booked a multi-city reservation on the phone with seven segments about a month ago. The phone agents seem to have a bit more flexibility than the website.
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    Checked Baggage w/ transfer at NYP

    Providence could work, but parking becomes an issue. I'm driving down from Vermont on the night I depart and am planning to leave my car at Kingston where there appears to be free parking. My trip back starts at Reno, would I be able to check my skis from Reno to Providence if my ticket is for Reno-Emeryville-San Fran (overnight) - Oakland-Los Angeles-New Orleans (overnight) - New York - Providence? If I checked them from Reno, I imagine my bags would beat me there since they'd probably go the more direct routing of Reno-Chicago-New York-Providence.
  3. Hello everyone, I will be taking the Crescent next month on a long trip back from the West Coast. I called AGR today to modify my ticket (since I used points) to add a connecting train from NYP to Kingston, RI, and was informed that since the Regional train does not have checked baggage (which I knew), I would have to carry on all my bags from NOL-NYP, as well as NYP-KIN. I have a 3+ hour layover at New York, and while the Crescent is often late, there are two later trains that evening if I missed my connection, so I'm not all that worried (Crescent is scheduled to arrive at 1:46pm, I'm booked on train 96 at 5:25pm, and there are trains to Kingston leaving NYP at 7:30pm and 9:00pm). However, I am still rather confused why I wouldn't be able to check my bag from NOL-NYP. I am travelling with skis, and they definitely would not fit in a roomette. The agent I spoke with had no suggestions except to not travel with skis (the whole point of my trip is to go skiing out west). I have no issues carrying my ski bag onto the Regional train. Anyone have a suggestion on what I should do?
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    Next cut: Amtrak Dome Car Ocean View (??)

    Has there been any official announcement from Amtrak? All that is said in that article is: Far from being concrete info
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    Great Dome on the Downeaster

    Monday-Friday it is scheduled to be on trains 680, 681, 686 and 687. Saturday on trains 690, 691, 698 and 699. Sunday 692, 693, 696, 697. The schedule may change after September 3rd, however. http://amtrakdowneaster.com/dome-car
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    Companion Coupon

    If anyone has a spare companion coupon that is expiring soon, a few friends of mine are planning a trip on the Vermonter next week and would gladly take a coupon. Feel free to PM me. Thanks in advance!
  7. The last few runs of the Canadian seemed to be closer to on time than the last month or so. 2(22) even left Edson, AB a few minutes early, but then sat at Edmonton for 5-1/2 hours. It arrived to Toronto just under 10 hours late but its turn for 1(26) is estimated to leave 3 hours late, better than the 12 hour late departures out of Toronto in weeks past. During my trip last summer I allowed for an extra day in Toronto after coming east. I had lost my first day in Vancouver due to delays from wildfires in BC but wasn't making a connection there. I also had a (forced) overnight in Jasper connecting to the Skeena, though I would've built in that day anyway with the frequent delays. Many of my fellow Youth 150 passholders weren't expecting delays like we had, with some trying to make connecting bus transfers at Jasper with as few as 10 minutes between the Canadian's scheduled arrival and the bus departure. Needless to say, that connection didn't happen. One person I talked to who tried this was stranded in Jasper overnight, with no available lodging in town.
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    Amtrak/Camping Sites

    Little River State Park is 5 miles from the Waterbury, Vermont station on the Vermonter route. A beautiful spot in the Green Mountains with tent sites, lean-tos, remote boat accessed tent sites and cabins. https://vtstateparks.com/littleriver.html
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    NEC and Long Distance Trains

    That is what Amtrak does with the Palmetto these days. Also (I believe) what they do with the Vermonter at New Haven. Occasionally they'll send a sixth car all the way to St. Albans but it's rare.
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    Capitol Limited delays

    They may have held the Cap since both the Zephyr and Builder are arriving into CHI rather late (nearly 6 hours late on the Zephyr, 3+ hours on the Builder)
  11. Came across this tonight... apparently one passenger was angry enough over a 19 hour delay, they created a website to vent their frustration. http://thecanadiantrain.com/ When I took the train last summer, we were 8-12 hours late. It does reach some fast speeds through the prairies, but I didn't feel unsafe at any point of my 300+ hours on the train last July
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    51 Cardinal west bound - meal questions

    When I took it in January from NYP, we were served breakfast both mornings, even with a late departure from NYP.
  13. Now looking like 2021 for the Ethan Allen to be extended. This, plus a rendering of the Ethan Allen using Superliner equipment... https://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2018/06/06/study-suggests-burlingtons-union-station-for-overnight-train-storage
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    When I rode the empire builder we got the same box you described, but there was no choice. I don't think there is a choice for breakfast? The pictures of the breakfast box on the capitol and lake shore look higher quality to me. Not saying I'm a fan of either but if I had to choose I would choose the CL/ LSL option. A few weeks ago I had the option of a "vegetarian" box, or one of two boxes with different cold cuts. I took the "vegetarian" box which had a serving of ham and cheese packaged up, with a croissant, a very small serving of yogurt, a small slice of blueberry crumble and 4 or 5 chunks of fresh fruit. A label on the box marked it with "HAV" and the date, so I'm thinking the box was loaded/made in Havre, MT?
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    Cash Free On-Board - Open Discussion

    This was the case when I was on the Empire Builder a few weeks ago. The credit card machine in the cafe car was out of order, which meant they would only accept cash all the way from Chicago to Portland. The credit card machine in the dining car was working, but I imagine using that machine in the cafe would cause accounting headaches. I don't know what coach passengers without cash did for meals. I ran out of cash to use for tips and ran to an ATM in town during the 80 minute stop we had after our early arrival into Minot, ND. That must have been the same train I was on from Spokane to Portland. I was riding coach and fortunately had cash on me; I returned to Spokane that same day and the machine was up and running on the return trip. I was on the train that left CHI on 5/13 (which would have left SPK 5/15). I didn't end up purchasing anything in the cafe. The only time I went to buy something, they had closed at 9:45, 15 minutes before their announced closing time of 10pm. Every meal in the dining car I noticed at least 3-4 coach passengers at the tables around me paying by card, so I imagine the diner got some extra business from the lack of a working card machine in the cafe.
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