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Jun 11, 18, 7:20 pm
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Posted By AlanB

You can certainly call and ask that a note be put...

You can certainly call and ask that a note be put on the reservation; but don't be shocked if the sliding door isn't open when you board. But without regard to whether you call or not, the attendant...
May 26, 18, 9:33 am
Replies: 21
Views: 2,974
Posted By AlanB

BNSF had a derailment just west of Aurora, IL...

BNSF had a derailment just west of Aurora, IL that shut down the tracks for a while. Thursday's trains had to take a detour around the area, while Friday's trains were held for a few hours until the...
May 3, 18, 8:50 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 7,356
Posted By AlanB

Look, I think that basically anyone who doesn't...

Look, I think that basically anyone who doesn't have their head buried in the sand, would admit that NARP is at least partially in bed with Amtrak. But that said, the study that I referenced was...
May 2, 18, 8:12 am
Replies: 37
Views: 7,356
Posted By AlanB

Just to be clear, NARP did a study several years...

Just to be clear, NARP did a study several years ago that showed that sleeper pax actually covered all of their above the rails cost. That doesn't include the dining car of course. But the sleepers...
Apr 23, 18, 9:51 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,298
Posted By AlanB

Many crews do try to discourage people from doing...

Many crews do try to discourage people from doing that, especially at NYP where they're loading food & drinks onto the train. And many crews also frown upon it when they're trying to prep meals. ...
Apr 23, 18, 9:45 pm
Replies: 37
Views: 7,356
Posted By AlanB

The reason that meals are included for sleeper...

The reason that meals are included for sleeper passengers is that years ago when sleeper pax had to pay for their meals just like coach pax, use of the dining cars was declining severely. So Amtrak...
Apr 19, 18, 10:10 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,439
Posted By AlanB

15 to 20 minutes before should be enough. The...

15 to 20 minutes before should be enough. The lounge only announces the train about 4 to 5 minutes before it goes up on the boards outside the lounge and that usually happens 10 minutes before...
Mar 24, 18, 10:44 am
Replies: 33
Views: 6,257
Posted By AlanB

That assumes that these policies will even apply...

That assumes that these policies will even apply to tour operators. Many of the regular booking polices for individuals do not apply to tour ops.
Mar 15, 18, 6:32 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By AlanB

​​​​5 X 3. And those seats, the frames at least,...

​​​​5 X 3. And those seats, the frames at least, were the First Class seats on the now retired Metroliners.
Mar 15, 18, 9:37 am
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By AlanB

Actually, the Club-Dinette car, home to BC on the...

Actually, the Club-Dinette car, home to BC on the leaf, seats 15 people.
Mar 6, 18, 8:37 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 417
Posted By AlanB

You are tied together, you can't change her train...

You are tied together, you can't change her train without changing yours. You'd have to buy her a new ticket for the return and most likely yourself a new ticket if you try to take different trains.
Feb 25, 18, 12:51 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 10,806
Posted By AlanB

Yup, for reasons as yet unclear, the AAA discount...

Yup, for reasons as yet unclear, the AAA discount was discontinued as of Feb 15th. :( I'm not sure if Amtrak ended the relationship or if it was AAA.
Feb 23, 18, 8:57 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 8,165
Posted By AlanB

Amtrak rarely wye's an Acela in Boston or DC....

Amtrak rarely wye's an Acela in Boston or DC. Perhaps the final trains of the day are wyed or turned. But during the day, most trains are turned right on the platforms. They don't ever send them to...
Feb 20, 18, 10:03 pm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,422
Posted By AlanB

Alas, I'm not really surprised at all. It is...

Alas, I'm not really surprised at all. It is actually more the norm for Amtrak to do that; no doubt at least in part driven by the ever constant battle for funding from the Fed.

As an example,...
Feb 14, 18, 5:20 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 8,043
Posted By AlanB

And that's one of the bigger reasons for assigned...

And that's one of the bigger reasons for assigned seating failing the first time they tried this. People who didn't realize that they had an assigned seat, mainly those used to Metroliner First...
Feb 14, 18, 5:15 pm
Replies: 20
Views: 8,043
Posted By AlanB

This isn't new to Amtrak either. When Acela...

This isn't new to Amtrak either. When Acela expressed first launched as a new service back in December 2000, all first class seats were assigned seating. One could allow the computer to assign a...
Feb 14, 18, 6:35 am
Replies: 11
Views: 8,165
Posted By AlanB

Got it backwards. There are no loop tracks in...

Got it backwards. There are no loop tracks in Boston or DC; although they can wye a train but rarely do that with an Acela set. Most times they just change ends.

It's at NY that most trains get...
Feb 14, 18, 6:32 am
Replies: 20
Views: 8,043
Posted By AlanB

Hope it works better this time than it did the...

Hope it works better this time than it did the last time!!

Especially since Amtrak is already starting off by making the same mistake as last time; not publicizing this enough and giving people...
Feb 10, 18, 8:04 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 8,165
Posted By AlanB

It's random. No way to know without asking an...

It's random. No way to know without asking an agent, or once down to track level looking at the overhead signs to know which end has the FC car.
Feb 4, 18, 10:19 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By AlanB

First let me say that I'm not a RR employee, and...

First let me say that I'm not a RR employee, and never worked for a RR. But I've been around train forums for many years and still help to run one.

That said, I've never heard that rule that he...
Feb 4, 18, 7:44 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 2,157
Posted By AlanB

While I won't go so far as to say that this is...

While I won't go so far as to say that this is confirmed information; a reliable source that I know says that the signals in the area were down because CSX was working on cutting in PTC in this area....
Feb 4, 18, 12:19 pm
Replies: 31
Views: 5,598
Posted By AlanB

Well, I just encountered a problem with the site...

Well, I just encountered a problem with the site last night when it came to trying to book a trip. I selected 2 adults, and one senior initially. Then, I changed those 2 adults to AAA discount. ...
Jan 17, 18, 9:32 am
Replies: 8
Views: 1,199
Posted By AlanB

Actually, it's A though D and S. This...

Actually, it's A though D and S.



This is no longer true at Amtrak. Not sure if it's mainly a manual thing or if the software has been improved, but prices do go both up & down a lot more than...
Dec 3, 17, 10:18 am
Replies: 516
Views: 99,634
Posted By AlanB

One's an Acela and the other is a Regional. They...

One's an Acela and the other is a Regional. They have different definitions of high demand/low demand.
Nov 4, 17, 9:15 am
Replies: 25
Views: 2,985
Posted By AlanB

My guess is that's Amtrak's fault, not AGR's. ...

My guess is that's Amtrak's fault, not AGR's. Amtrak sends that data over to AGR.
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