Northeast Regional WAS/NYP/NRO report

Old May 23, 17, 9:14 pm
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Northeast Regional WAS/NYP/NRO report

After riding in a Roomette DEN/PDX last year, and after riding in coach CHI/WAS last week, the Northeast Regional was a big let down. This train is more like a commuter train than an over the road train.

Seats on the Northeast Regional are like airline coach seats, but more comfortable. The Capitol Limited between Chicago and Washington has very comfortable seats with better than first class pitch. Seats have a footrest, and recline far back; much further than domestic first class. I'd much rather ride this than the Northeast Regional. Other than that, everything is about the same, with the exception of a dining car on the Capitol Limited.

How on earth anyone can ride this train (NER) for multiple hours (without decent food) is beyond me.

We were 25 minutes late arriving at NYP. I thought we would leave early to make up the time, but still arrived NRO 20 minutes late.

If you never done this ride before, the views departing NYP northbound are spectacular.

By the way, Wi-fi sucked on the Northeast Regional and the Capitol Limited.
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Old May 24, 17, 7:59 am
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Originally Posted by dhammer53 View Post
If you never done this ride before, the views departing NYP northbound are spectacular.
Departing NYP northbound on WAS/NYP/NRO?
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Old May 24, 17, 12:21 pm
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Originally Posted by nerd View Post
Departing NYP northbound on WAS/NYP/NRO?
Confused about your confusion...I understood him to be referring to the stretch across the Hell Gate bridge, which is indeed a fantastic stretch of railroading. But now I'm confused...
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Old May 24, 17, 12:35 pm
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Confused about your confusion...I understood him to be referring to the stretch across the Hell Gate bridge, which is indeed a fantastic stretch of railroading. But now I'm confused...
Ah, my mistake.

Yes, great views on the Hell Gate bridge.
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Old May 24, 17, 3:05 pm
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I ride this train every week and yes, it is pretty much a commuter train far different than the LD trains. I also bring my own food, bought in the station or nearby.
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Old May 24, 17, 3:22 pm
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Originally Posted by jackal View Post
Confused about your confusion...I understood him to be referring to the stretch across the Hell Gate bridge, which is indeed a fantastic stretch of railroading. But now I'm confused...
Just after you get off the George Washington Bridge in NYC (I-95), you're heading east, but I-95 is a north/south road.

And so it's the same with the ride out of NYP as the train makes its way to CT and MA. North and east. 148 heads to Springfield.

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Old May 24, 17, 4:08 pm
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"How on earth anyone can ride this train (NER) for multiple hours (without decent food) is beyond me. ​​​​​"

Many Amtrak tickets permit free, en-route stopovers not to exceed 23 hours, 59 minutes. So you can schedule your own meal break -- in BAL, PHL, or NYP -- if you like.
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Next time, do what I often did back in law school, and take SEPTA/NJT between Philly and NYC (change trains in Trenton). That should put the quality of NER into perspective for you.
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Originally Posted by joejones View Post
Next time, do what I often did back in law school, and take SEPTA/NJT between Philly and NYC (change trains in Trenton). That should put the quality of NER into perspective for you.
Better yet, IF you can somehow get a ride from Perryville, MD to Newark, DE, do the following to mimic the WAS-NRO trip:

1. Take MARC from WAS to Perryville.
2. Self transfer from Perryville to Newark, DE
3. Take SEPTA from Newark, DE to Trenton (with a transfer at Philadelphia).
4. Take NJT from Trenton to NYP.
5. Self transfer to NYG, then take Metro North from NYG to NRO.

I've actually done a trip like this, and was begging for an Amtrak regional seat afterwards (all it took was a seat on SEPTA Silverliner III which thankfully no longer exists, I think )
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Old May 25, 17, 8:29 pm
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Confused about your confusion...I understood him to be referring to the stretch across the Hell Gate bridge, which is indeed a fantastic stretch of railroading. But now I'm confused...
Yes, NRO (New Rochelle) is north of NYP.
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Yes, NRO (New Rochelle) is north of NYP.
I know.
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