St. Louis First Class Lounge

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  1. Jul 30, 2011 #1

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    I am taking the Texas Eagle #322 from STL to CHI, then connecting to the LSL #48 at 9:30PM that evening. Will I be able to wait in the first class lounge in St. Louis, or only in Chicago? I looked on the Amtrak website, and all I was able to find was:

    So, could my sleeper ticket out of Chicago get me into the St. Louis lounge?
     
  2. Jul 30, 2011 #2

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    Yes. You will be able to use your ticket in St. Louis and Chicago.
     
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    As was said, Yes you can use both Lounges on your sleeper ticket! In St. Louis the agent at the desk, after you show him your tickets, will either give you a code for the Lounge (Its on the walk to the escelators/elevators to the Train platforms and is kept locked!)or open the door for you!

    The Conductor may come to the Lounge to get any Sleeper pax that are waiting there, but since youre going Coach to CHI I'd keep track of the arrival of the Eagle, the Coach pax line up outside the Lounge door and the Line can be long! Sometimes the Conductors "forget", it happened to me last Oct. after the Gathering when catching the Eagle!
     
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    It is a good idea to keep track of time yourself and not depend on someone to come and tell you when it is train time. Last time I was in the St. Louis lounge, no one came to alert folks there of the imminent boarding of the train. At New Orleans the other day we were told ahead of time that no one will come to alert waiting passengers and to pay attention to the announcements over the PA system in the general hall, which were clearly audible in the lounge in both cases.
     
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    For anyone who hasn't had privilege of using St Louis First Class Lounge - or seen photos / video previously.

    Video taken this month.
     
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    Last time I was at San loowee -- this last May month --

    There's a 1-class lunge (misspeled on purpose-- the whole St Loo station sux ) -- didn't find it, didn't want it -- St Louis is a sorry dump -- but "East Saint Louis" is worse --

    San Loo is -- a really sorry place to be.

    How are the mighty fallen.

    My, and my rellies, experience of St.Lou -- is

    don't go there, unless you are a demented "helper person" . The cockroaches are as big as in Florida, the train station is like in Gary IND,

    Saint Louis MO -- I like places that have history -- but as a loser town -- St L is -- a loser place to be.
     
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    Do you feel better now that you have vented all that anger. I've seen cities that are much worse than St Louis area. Room for improvement of course - but as horrible as you describe - not anywhere near the case. Guess you want all passenger rail running through Chicago - continued lousy performance and no matter how many rail upgrades - long overdue - clogged worse than a high school toilet.

    I've seen members ask about what St Louis lounge looked like - older thread - picture link was dead. Thought I'd be helpful and provide members

    who haven't seen facility - with a way to do so.

    Members such as yourself are honestly why new members - people who casually read forum - never contribute and don't come back.
     
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    Sorry - but the St Lou station is the pits.

    I personally like places like Gary Indiana, and Saint Louis riverfront.

    BUT -- the Amtrak station in Saint Louis is -- not dreadful -- but the worst I've ever been at. There's some kinda "food service" place that totally ignores old white guys like me, and actively despises black guys, and you place your order and after a half hour the pizza slice might be ready, or not.

    Walk a mile in the dismal inner city, you get better food and faster.

    I say again -- the STL station is really really bad.

    I stand by that.
     
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    Based on my many trips to St Louis in the past 50 years, I'd say that St Louis went into a terrible decline when "White Flight" to the suburbs started and the many manufacturing jobs that used to be there moved overseas!

    In the past 10 years St Louis has really come back from the dead including the New Intermodal Station ( it is too small but still nice and I agree the Pizza/Chicken joint sucks!)

    ), New Hotels, and New Football and Baseball Stadiums!

    We held the 2010 Gathering there and most of us were impressed by the Light Rail,the New Construction,the Food and the Cleanliness of the Downtown!

    I've seen a lot worse downtowns including, Detroit and the Rust Belt Cities along the Empire Service Route in New York!

    YMMV but that's totally your right!
     
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    The station is better than the am shack that was there. I really disagree with your assessment of St Louis.
     
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    Yeah, I would not describe St. Louis in as negative terms as used by some here. It could be improved some. but it certainly has come a long way since the worst days. The Amtrak station is a vast improvement, I would place it almost in the same category as Albany-Renssalear, though it could certainly do with a few more trains. It does have a First Class Lounge which Albany does not. And yes, it could do with a better food stall/bar/whatever of the sort.
     

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