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May 8, 21, 12:11 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Thanks. So the northbound Crescent is now a slow...

Thanks. So the northbound Crescent is now a slow New Orleans-Birmingham day train and a slow Greensboro-NYC day train. And a slow overnight train for people in Alabama and Mississippi to travel to...
May 7, 21, 7:18 am
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By WeekendTraveler

DCAKen, thanks; that makes sense. It seems...

DCAKen, thanks; that makes sense.

It seems as though the Crescent delays are caused by freight train congestion between Birmingham and north Georgia, so I assume around Atlanta.

If the Crescent...
May 7, 21, 6:21 am
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By WeekendTraveler

River in Sight, thank you very much--you are most...

River in Sight, thank you very much--you are most helpful.

I still don't get why the schedule was revised in this manner (although River in Sight, you are right as to the reason why). If the...
May 6, 21, 1:42 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By WeekendTraveler

New Crescent schedule

I see that the northbound Crescent's schedule has been changed so that it goes through Greenville, SC at around 2am and arrives in NYC at around 6pm. It used to be about 10:50pm and 1pm.

This...
Apr 11, 21, 4:41 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 6,118
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Thanks. This is very helpful. Does this mean...

Thanks. This is very helpful.

Does this mean that the Viewliner II is the 12th car on the train? I have a trip on the Silver Star coming up and would like to be in one of the new sleeping cars. ...
Mar 14, 21, 9:17 am
Replies: 50
Views: 5,481
Posted By WeekendTraveler

First class quiet car on new Acelas?

In case anyone at Amtrak is reading this:

It would be great to have a "quiet car" portion of the first class car on the new Acelas.

When I take the Acela, I'm torn between just (1) going...
Mar 13, 21, 3:24 pm
Replies: 66
Views: 9,455
Posted By WeekendTraveler

The mixed drinks on Acela are...

The mixed drinks on Acela are fantastic--particularly the Old Fashioneds. Amtrak long distance trains ought to have them.
Mar 13, 21, 11:40 am
Replies: 0
Views: 496
Posted By WeekendTraveler

What info do Amtrak employees see about passengers

I was recently recognized on the Acela Express by an on-board employee (who had handled two recent but very short trips that I had taken).

I assume that he just has an excellent memory, but do...
Mar 13, 21, 7:47 am
Replies: 50
Views: 5,481
Posted By WeekendTraveler

I see that the track work and other improvements...

I see that the track work and other improvements between Trenton and New Brunswick, allowing trains to run at 160 mph, are complete.

Do the current Acelas now run at 150 mph on that segment? If...
Mar 11, 21, 8:34 am
Replies: 10
Views: 1,180
Posted By WeekendTraveler

The first class car is connected to another coach...

The first class car is connected to another coach (the quiet car, I believe). But if you board in another car and try to walk through the train to get to the first class car before the train...
Mar 10, 21, 2:55 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 3,728
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Why do these trains run so slowly, leaving...

Why do these trains run so slowly, leaving between 9:30pm and 10pm and arriving between 7am and 8am? They are much slower than regular day trains.

Wouldn't leaving later or arriving earlier make...
Mar 10, 21, 2:08 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,180
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Car 1 will be at the front of the train, just...

Car 1 will be at the front of the train, just behind the power car. So face west, and walk west, and you'll find it.
You can change your seat at Amtrak.com or in the Amtrak app, after you sign in...
Mar 10, 21, 9:53 am
Replies: 32
Views: 2,794
Posted By WeekendTraveler

I even got Amtrak Guest Rewards points on the...

I even got Amtrak Guest Rewards points on the amount that I paid for the BidUp upgrade, plus some type of bonus. Not bad!
Mar 10, 21, 9:52 am
Replies: 49
Views: 3,728
Posted By WeekendTraveler

I always seem to wake up in Charlotte, due a long...

I always seem to wake up in Charlotte, due a long layover in a brightly-lit station, but otherwise, stops along the Crescent route are not intrusive (mostly small towns, often with the station only...
Mar 8, 21, 5:53 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 3,728
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Yes, each room has its own temperature and fan...

Yes, each room has its own temperature and fan controls.

I find the curtains on Viewliners not effective at completely blocking out light, but eye masks (which you can get at Target) do the trick....
Mar 6, 21, 3:32 pm
Replies: 49
Views: 3,728
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Thatís great news; thanks for sharing. ...

Thatís great news; thanks for sharing.

Agreed: surely there are Viewliner sleepers just sitting unused these days. I took the Silver Star in a sleeping car from NYC to Washington. It was the...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Mar 6, 21, 1:32 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 5,559
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Whatís the trashiest behavior that youíve seen in first/business class?

On a recent trip in first class, a passenger behind me watched at least R-rated movies on her phone, with the volume turned up, foul language used and no headphones.

Whatís the trashiest behavior...
Mar 6, 21, 1:29 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 2,794
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Worked on an Acela trip

This worked great for me, on an Acela trip that I had booked using free trip coupons. I bid and was upgraded 2 hours beforehand on one trip and 1:58 beforehand on another trip. I just showed my...
Mar 3, 21, 1:18 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 2,794
Posted By WeekendTraveler

This is great. I used BidUp to request an...

This is great. I used BidUp to request an upgrade on a trip that I'm taking on the Acela Express using a free trip coupon.
Feb 17, 21, 4:32 pm
Replies: 66
Views: 9,455
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Are mixed drinks in Acela FC...

Are mixed drinks in Acela FC pre-bottled/pre-made, or are they mixed on board?

The drinks menu seemed really good- that alone makes it worth the upgrade, in my view.
Feb 17, 21, 4:31 pm
Feb 17, 21, 7:54 am
Replies: 4
Views: 855
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Applying discount coupons when buying a ticket: why so difficult?

A few 50% off coupons appeared in my Amtrak account online, so I have been looking to take a short trip in the next few weeks.

However, the Amtrak website is really impossible to use:

1....
Feb 17, 21, 7:52 am
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By WeekendTraveler

It was in the mail.

It was in the mail.
Feb 13, 21, 2:43 pm
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Handwritten thank-you note from Amtrak

I got a very nice handwritten thank-you note from Amtrak today, on a nice card that has a picture of the Acela crossing the Hell Gate Bridge, thanking me for a recent Acela first-class trip.

Wow....
Feb 7, 21, 6:19 pm
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Posted By WeekendTraveler

Can you pay to upgrade to does class if you book a trip with a free coupon

I plan to redeem a free Acela trip coupon for a trip soon.

Can I book a business class ticket with the coupon and pay to upgrade to first class?

Thanks.
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