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Where can I find train routes using Wild West locomotives?

Im trying to find a train journey, it doesnt matter where it goes or where it is, but ideally it should be a real journey (not a park attraction for example), that uses original / authentic Wild West ...
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Why can't I get anywhere from Cleveland via Amtrak?

I was looking at travelling to and from Delaware, and the closest Amtrak station to me is in Cleveland. To my surprise, however, it said there were absolutely no routes between the two places! I tried ...
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Why is Amtrak so expensive in the Northeastern US?

Why is Amtrak so darn expensive in the Northeast US? I just looked up a train from New London, CT to Boston, MA (a 2 hour car trip); the round trip cost for two people was $200. Traveling by rail in ...
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Carrying poster tube on Amtrak trains

I am presenting at a conference in March and plan to get there by train. The ride is short, so there is no checked luggage, and you're only allowed to have two carry-on bags. The poster tube obviously ...
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How do I go about making stops in the middle of California Zephyr route?

Many articles about the California Zephyr, for example: Catching the slow train to Frisco for a glimpse of America's pioneering spirit described that the author made several stops (like 24-hour) stops ...
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Public transportation considerations for children in North Eastern USA

My wife and I will be going to Fairfield, CT in April with our 2 kids (2yo and 9mo), we might be going to NYC for a day or two. My question comes with public transportation and the kids, I know if ...
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Amtrak shared roomettes — am I allowed to sell the unused bed to another traveller?

In Europe, a common option on sleep trains is to book night accommodation in space shared with one or more strangers. This is cheaper than a private compartment, but more expensive than having only a ...
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What are the limiting times at an Amtrak train to get respective meals?

When booking a roomette on an Amtrak train, meals are included. Based on the time of boarding and detraining, how do I know if I'm entitled to a particular meal the same day? For example, if I arrive ...
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Mount Pleasant, Iowa, USA — how to get from the Amtrak station to the Burlingon Trailways bus stop?

Amtrak train 6 arrives Mount Pleasant at 9:54 (AM). From Mount Pleasant to Iowa City, Burlington Trailways operates a bus leaving at 14:55 (2:55 PM). The Amtrak station is at 418 North Adams Street ...
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Amtrak on-time statistics for arbitrary stations?

I've heard that trains in the USA are often very late, for a variety of reasons; see e.g. What is the state of train travel in the USA? and its answers. But then again, the only country where I ...
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Is it worth booking Amtrak in advance?

Do Amtrak prices vary depending on how far in advance you book them, or are they the same price up until the day of travel?
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How busy is the Boston to New York Amtrak?

One of the answers to How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules? made me wonder how busy the Boston to New York train gets at the various points of day? Also, what is busier: weekdays versus ...
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How rigorous are Amtrak in enforcing luggage rules?

Looking at Amtrak trains between NY and Boston, I found that all had "no checked luggage" save for a midnight train (less than ideal for a relaxing vacation). Looking at this reference, it's not ...
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Should I take the “scenic route” from Indianapolis to Washington DC?

I'm going to USA on a business/pleasure travel for 1 week in mid-September, and booked open-jaw flight to Indianapolis and then flying home from Washington DC. Since this is would be my first time in ...
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Amtrak “large sharp objects” restriction: Are small knives included?

The Amtrak list of prohibited items includes the following: Large sharp objects such as axes, ice picks and swords Does this include small knives (such as a Victorinox SwissChamp, with a ...
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9 Days between Minneapolis and New York? [closed]

Me and my fiancée are travelling from Minneapolis on June 9. June 18 we are departing from New York, JFK. What should we do/see in between? Suggestions may very well include: A nice train itinerary ...
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Dinner service out of Los Angeles on Amtrak Southwest Chief

Is dinner served in the dining car of the Southwest Chief after it leaves Los Angeles going eastbound at 6:15 pm? I'm asking because usually dinner service starts earlier on Amtrak trains.
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What can a railroad company do to you if they find you riding in an open box car?

Suppose you hitch a ride in an empty unlocked box car that is a part of a freight train, for example in the continental US. Do railroad companies actually care about that? Do they have people ...
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Is it better to travel by train or plane when there is risk of snow in the eastern US?

Train travel in the eastern US is a more viable option than in other parts of the country. Whether it's cheaper or shorter than air travel depends upon a number of variables and can be researched on ...
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What options do I have for scenic long-distance train journeys in North America that last for 2 nights or more?

I'm looking to take a trip (or two, or three), in North America via train. I want to take a sleeper train and have some time during the day to see interesting things out the window, I don't just want ...
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Are there electrical outlets in the sleeper cars of the California Zephyr?

I will be taking the California Zephyr the entire journey, and I planned on getting a lot of work done on my laptop during the journey. I will be staying in a roomette, I've taken Amtrak on the North ...
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Amtrak Cascades from Seattle to Vancouver - What is the border crossing like northbound?

I'm pondering using the Amtrack Cascades train to get from Seattle up to Vancouver. The ticket price seems pretty good, the views are supposed to be great, and it seems to be fairly quick too! When ...
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What is the state of train travel in USA?

I'm planning to go to the USA for some months. I'd like to travel there by train, but I heard that trains aren't really widely used in USA. So my questions are: How is the rail network in the USA? ...