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-Jamie-

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  1. Just curious if trains had a speed limit. I thought they did, but I just looked at my GPS and it said we were going 87 mph. I have to admit, it's making me a little nervous. It's a really rough ride. I'm not sure why we're running so fast, we're ahead of schedule. I'd really like to tell the engineer to slow the hell down.
  2. My boyfriend just got off the #14 Coast Starlight in Portland after the worst trip. He insisted on traveling coach to save money and to avoid TSA, but is now paying for it immensely. It was a great trip until a sketchy group of people boarded his coach late afternoon yesterday. Their coach was pretty much empty other than this group and my boyfriend and his friend. He told me that as soon as the conductor and car attendant were gone some of the group unrolled these mats and started doing lines of coke while the others proceeds to stare at my boyfriend and his friend watching their every move. After 5 hrs of enduring the scrutinization, my boyfriend got moved to a different coach. If that weren't bad enough, today he made the stupid mistake of leaving his $2000 camera in his backpack unattended at his seat while he went to the restroom. When he came back, his backpack was open and his camera was gone. Apparently he had his camera out yesterday taking pictures when the group got on and one of them commented on what a nice camera he had. UGH!!!!!! He notified the attendant and the conductor, but there's nothing they can do without probable cause. They made an announcement threatening to stop the train if it wasn't returned, by can't ACTUALLY stop the train. UGH!!!! I told him yesterday he should have told the conductor what he saw. If he had listened to me maybe this wouldn't have happened. I love him to death, but he really is an idiot sometimes. NEVER leave valuables unattended in coach or out in the open in the sleepers. Just common sense. Sorry about the rant, but I really needed to vent. This is really going to screw up Christmas.
  3. That's what I do too. If I have to spend money on something, I try to put it on my AGR card. I even set up some of my other bills for auto payment on the card. I had been waiting to get a new bed, but as soon as I got my card I went and got a new one (a Tempurpedic) and charged it on the card. When I signed up, the promo was 18000 pts with first purchase and another 18000 if you spent $2000 in the first 3 months. Thanks to the bed, got all my bonus points the first month! So far I've cashed in points for 2 1-zone bedrooms and I still have enough left over for a roomette.
  4. Apply for the card. If you get it, then book the roomette with your bonus points. I've tried just 1 night in coach a few times and find it a miserable experience if I have to attempt to sleep there. My 20 yr old bf just took coach from LA to PDX and had a miserable time. Not only could he not sleep in those seats, but he also had his camera stolen while he was in the restroom. Trust me, you will not regret getting the roomette. And best of all, since it's a 3 day trip, sleepers have showers. Coaches do not.
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    Points for shopping - Alaska Airlines

    !@#$%^ I just booked a freaking flight! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. That's good to know, since we usually board at unstaffed stations and the machines can never find our reservations. Does that go for coach and accommodation fares on LD routes as well as regular fares on regional lines?
  7. I believe his dad did file a claim with the insurance. Not sure if they'll get anything from it or not. Only time will tell. He just heard back from the Portland PD and they denied his police report. Not sure what exactly that means since I haven't spoken with him about it yet. He said it had something to do with the fact that he was on a train at the time. I guess since technically he wasn't in Portland at the time that the Portland PD doesn't have jurisdiction.
  8. I believe he was in the SSL at the time. That's a very good idea. We'll have to look into doing that if any of us have to ride coach again. My bf mentioned that when the group started doing the drugs that the guy who was staring at them said something to them. He wasn't sure what was said, but was under the impression that it was "don't move". They didn't want to give these guys any impression that they were about to narc on the group, whether they were or not, for fear of getting stabbed or something. That's why it took 5 hrs for them to leave the car. They even missed dinner because of it.
  9. They didn't get up and leave sooner because they were afraid to. And I didn't say that the drug us was going on for 5 hrs straight, it was just the uncomfortable situation and the staring. It took my bf and his friend that long to work up the courage to get up. I don't know what the excuse was, but it was at that time that the car attendant moved them to another coach car.
  10. Amtrak does have a policy! It's called "Stopping at the nearest suitable location - even a grade crossing - and handing the offenders to the waiting Police to deal with"! See, that's what I thought! But the bf kept saying that they can't do anything without probable cause.
  11. While it's true "if they had been watching that group", but why would they watch one group and not another - unless someone mentioned something to a crew member? (And you stated he did not.) I'm certainly not condoning what happened, but it was your bf's fault (at least partially) for leaving it unattended. I doubt if you left a camera on a bench downtown and came back 30 minutes later that it would be still there. I admit I have left my netbook unattended (plugged in and running) in coach when I went to the rest room - but only after I sized up those around me. This group to me as described does not seem trustworthy! I had told him to report it to the conductor or at least the car attendant yesterday, but he never did. I would think the have a policy against illegal drug use on board and would do something about it, even if that something is just watching them. Once again, 100% bf's fault for not listening to me. At least he didn't have his whole backpack stollen. He still had his computer, iPod and cell phone.
  12. I would have just told them what I saw so they could keep an eye on them. I would think if an employee caught them doing something illegal then that would be cause to alert the authorities and have them removed from the train. Then they wouldn't have been around to steal his camera. I don't expect them to stop the train just on suspicion of theft. I'm kind of surprised they even made that announcement. I'm sure the staff did what ever they legally could. Of course, if they had been watching that group the theft might have been prevented. Still 100% my bf's fault for being an idiot though. Too bad there's not a pill to cure irresponsibility.
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    8/16-8/17 #11

    Just got back from taking the #11 from PDX-SIM and wanted to mention an issue that we had. Our dining car had some kind of water leak which severely impacted food service. Lunch on day 1 was canceled and dinner was limited to sleeping car pax only. Thankfully we were in a sleeper, but the food service at dinner was limited even more. The only items available were the chicken, veggie pasta, and a couple things on the kids menu. Unknown to us at the time, what little choices were available had their portions cut in half. Instead of the full 1/2 chicken, it was only a leg and thigh. My pasta, which was supposed to be a full bowlfull, was more like 10-15 penne pieces with some sauce on top. Both my boyfriend and I were still quite hungry after we were finished. Day 2, breakfast in the diner was gone by 9am. Thankfully the Parlor Car still had some continentals left. While enjoying breakfast we overheard the chef from the diner asking for the Parlor Car's mac-n-cheese. The steward said that he only had 12, but the chef said they could make that 24. That's how we figured out they were rationing the food. Lunch was once again canceled in the diner after all and we missed what was available in the Parlor Car. Dinner, once again, was limited to Sleeping car pax only. We filled up with water at SLO so they opened dinner early and were able to serve most of the menu before running into the water issue. At some point in the afternoon they were able to get some of the really long subs from Subway brought in for the coach pax. The whole situation was kind of crappy. I just wish I had been able to get some snacks before boarding.
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    8/16-8/17 #11

    Not yet. The boyfriend wanted to do it since he's more argumentative than I am.
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    Viewliner vs Superliner Roomettes

    I wouldn't mind the loss of toilet, but I agree with you on the sink issue for the same reason. If there's only 2 restrooms, I'm going to feel really bad hogging 1 of them for 15 minutes while I get ready in the morning.
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    Viewliner vs Superliner Roomettes

    There is a restroom upstairs Yes, but out of courtesy I never use that one if I know I'm going to be longer than a couple of minutes.
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    Viewliner vs Superliner Roomettes

    I'd need a helping hand to find my way down stairs in a Viewliner,LOL. No offense intended! I, of course, was refering to the lack of these items in the superliner roomette, forcing everyone to go downstairs to find restrooms. Currently in the Viewliner, there are in effect 14 roomettes. Roomettes 1 - 12 are sold to the public. Roomette #13 is given over to the shower and roomette #14 is the sleeping car attendants room. Under the new design, the attendant will be moved to room #12, the shower remains in #13, and room #14 will be split in half to provide 2 public restrooms. There will only be 11 rooms available for sale to the public with this configuration. Thanks Alan. I do fear with only 2 restrooms though, that lines might be a problem at times.
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    8/16-8/17 #11

    How did the coach passengers know that she was a sleeping car passenger - if she was buying juice? Did she wear a big sign around her neck? My guess is just from the direction she was entering the SSL from. Coach weren't allowed in the diner, therefore anyone coming from the diner direction should have been from the sleepers. I just looked at the arrival time of train 11 in LA on the second day of this trip and it arrived at 8:50 PM; one day early. You say that once during the trip they bought sandwiches from Subway on board. They could have made several food stops along the way and brought fast food on board, or restocked the lounge car if its supply was depleted because of the problems with the dining car. Even if that caused the train to be late, it would not have been anywhere near as late as some of the delays CZ passengers endure. Earlier this summer on train 27, which was horribly late into Spokane, they bussed us Spokane to Klamath Falls. Wghen we got to the Pasco station in route, the station had boxes of snacks and beverages to keep us going. We had another meal stop in route. It also sounds like communication was badly lacking on what was happening and what to expect as the trip progressed. If they chose not to make the annoucements by general intercom, they could have done them by sleeping car intercoms or SCA cabin to cabin annoucements. Time sounds right, but I don't know where you got "a day early" from. I'm not sure even a bullet train could get from SEA to LAX in one day. We would have arrived in SIM a few minutes early, but had to wait for a passing surfliner, which delayed us about 10 min. The first day the dining car steward kept making announcements about the issue and kept saying "don't worry, we'll make sure everyone gets fed", which didn't happen. Second day, we didn't catch all the announcements since our speaker wasn't working in the room (had to open the door everytime to hear it). We did hear that lunch was canceled and later on about the sandwiches for coach. What I still don't understand is how water effects food service. Can someone explain? For example, dinner the first day was limited to veggie pasta or the roasted chicken. Sides were steamed veggies and whole grain rice. No other options (other than kids menu). Dinner the second day, when we had full water from just being filled, full menu was available including baked potatoes.
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    Viewliner vs Superliner Roomettes

    I like having the toilet & sink in the room. I hate having to go downstairs every evening and again in the morning, just to get ready for either bed or the day. If they take those out of the viewliner roomettes, where are they going to put a restroom? Currently there aren't any public restrooms that I know of anywhere except 1 handicap one in the lounge car, if it's working. I don't want to have to go 3 cars down just to use the restroom. And on the topic of viewliner vs superliner, I'd also like to mention that in addition to the window, the upper bunks in the viewliners also have more head room. You can actually sit up and read or work on your computer. Something you can't do in the superliners.
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    8/16-8/17 #11

    We tried going to the SSL, but the door to the cafe was closed and padlocked. Not sure if he was restocking or what. We were talking to one of the other sleeper pax and she was telling us how she went over there at some point to buy some juice and got verbally attacked by the coach pax in the SSL. They were upset that a sleeper pax was "stealing their food".
  21. So, the boyfriend and I are taking a trip to visit his folks in Portland in August and we'd really like to take the train back home instead of flying since both of us despise flying. I just started using my AGR MC today and the 18000 bonus points are supposed to post in 6-8 weeks. Currently I only have 7000, so I can't book the room until those points post. My question, will 1-2 weeks be enough time to book a bedroom from PDX-SIM? Or am I just crazy to wait that long?
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    Booking an AGR Bedroom

    My points posted to my account this morning. Thanks again for the tips! I called up AGR and got our bedroom booked. It's was quite quick and painless. I was only on hold for 3 min. From what I've heard, I was expecting more of a hassle. I'm so excited! I can't wait for August to get here!!!
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    Birthday Bonus

    Double checked my boyfriends email and his spam folder. Email was correct and nothing in the spam folder. Maybe there's a minimum amount of points you have to have in order to be eligible?
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    Birthday Bonus

    My mom got her 100 point bonus a couple weeks ago, but my boyfriend has yet to get his. His bday was on the 17th and yes, it's listed on his profile.
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    How well do you sleep on a train?

    Another group of choices could have been Top or Bottom bunk. Personally, I sleep like a log in the top bunk of the roommette. Not so well on the bottom.
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