Build connection on same train (Cascades)

Old Feb 26, 19, 5:12 pm
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Build connection on same train (Cascades)

I booked a ticket from TUK (Tukwila, WA) to ALY (Albany, OR).

It turns out that I need to depart from Seattle (SEA) instead. The cost of changing the ticket is more than just booking a separate SEA-TUK ticket ($7 and 12 minutes).

Does anyone have any experience building your own connection on such a journey? Can I just stay on the train at TUK and take my new seat?

I've only ever taken Amtrak from SEA and you have to check in at the desk there to get a seat assignment. But I can't imagine that TUK has such a thing based on what I've seen there.
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Old Feb 26, 19, 6:15 pm
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Originally Posted by sturges View Post
I booked a ticket from TUK (Tukwila, WA) to ALY (Albany, OR).

It turns out that I need to depart from Seattle (SEA) instead. The cost of changing the ticket is more than just booking a separate SEA-TUK ticket ($7 and 12 minutes).

Does anyone have any experience building your own connection on such a journey? Can I just stay on the train at TUK and take my new seat?

I've only ever taken Amtrak from SEA and you have to check in at the desk there to get a seat assignment. But I can't imagine that TUK has such a thing based on what I've seen there.

Buy the separate ticket, have both ready, and tell the conductor your true final destination when boarding at Seattle. Tukwila does not have the lineup or any other amenities.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 11:41 am
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I have added a stop this way without difficulty. You won't be the first or last passenger to do it. Amtrak won't care.
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Old Feb 27, 19, 12:01 pm
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I've done 2 tickets for 2 segments (A-B and B-C) in the same trip (A-C) on another railroad and it was fine. The conductor shouldn't care although s/he might try to seat you in the car with a group for the first stop.
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Old Mar 4, 19, 8:41 am
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Originally Posted by sturges View Post
I booked a ticket from TUK (Tukwila, WA) to ALY (Albany, OR).

It turns out that I need to depart from Seattle (SEA) instead. The cost of changing the ticket is more than just booking a separate SEA-TUK ticket ($7 and 12 minutes).

Does anyone have any experience building your own connection on such a journey? Can I just stay on the train at TUK and take my new seat?

I've only ever taken Amtrak from SEA and you have to check in at the desk there to get a seat assignment. But I can't imagine that TUK has such a thing based on what I've seen there.
Yes, do show both tickets at first boarding as they may wish to batch ALY departing passengers in certain cars to speed operations.

I once took a train to connect to a charter event later on the same train. When the conductor found out we were with the future group he sent us to the reserved car. We were the only two in the car for three hours! Unfortunately that was not the case on the return, the car was open for everyone at that point.
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