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Provided you are carrying only one large bag, and provided you are carrying it yourself and can place it on the overhead rack without assistance, a slightly oversized rucksack as you describe is unlikely to bring you grief, especially if the train is not completely full. Many people on the Northeast Corridor trains are day trippers, with little more than a ...


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Note that the prohibition linked to only mentions checked or unchecked luggage, and not items you might carry on your person. I do not know this for a fact, but am guessing the rule is not influenced by the airline's prohibition on knives and other sharp objects after 9/11, but instead because trains are subject to quick, sudden jerks and jolts, both ...


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According to this image atleast: http://www.360cities.net/image/amtrak-roomette-sleeper-california-zephyr-2007#424.41,0.66,20.0 if you look into the other room http://www.360cities.net/image/amtrak-roomette-sleeper-california-zephyr-2007#553.27,12.12,20.0 you can even see a a macbook beeing charged.


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As noted elsewhere, you cannot take the price of a single itinerary on a single route on a single date and make conclusions about rail travel on a single service compared to rail travel on an entire continent. Even if you could, it would not hold. I tried some bookings for 27 February at 0800. Amtrak's Acela Express would be $78. SNCF quotes me 70 EUR (~96 ...


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Travelling by train in Europe is not necessarily cheaper, so your premise is false. Some examples on flexible tickets: Bern-Geneva (160 km) will cost you 49 CHF per direction per person, meaning 200 CHF = 225 USD Flexible Madrid - Ciudad Real (186 km) round trip is almost 75€ per person (two persons: 150€ = 206 USD). Flexible Norrköping - Stockholm (162 ...


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Amtrak Amtrak offers a series of USA Rail Passes: 8 segments within 15 days $429 12 segments within 30 days $649 18 segments within 45 days $829 To discourage commuters from buying a pass (as opposed to a multi-ride ticket), travel is restricted to four one-way trips between any two cities and the cities in between them on the same route. As with rail ...


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Yes, it is worth purchasing Amtrak tickets as early as possible. Amtrak does practice yield management, although it is not nearly as sophisticated as the airlines in this regard. Fares will increase closer to the date and time of travel. Equally importantly, however, Amtrak has a relatively generous change policy in that if your plans change, you only need ...


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I traveled on the California Zephyr in January 2010 and had a roomette. It does indeed have an outlet. As I recall, it had a label saying something like "Razor Only" but worked fine to charge my laptop. It might not work for higher-current appliances.


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I have never had my luggage inspected or measured on an Amtrak train in any way. In general, I suspect that they only enforce these regulations in situations in which cargo space is at a premium (very rare), in cases where they are being conspicuously flaunted (trying to haul several large trunks aboard the train), or in response to complaints from other ...


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According to official Amtrak policy, carry-on luggage length is limited to 28 inches, or a little over two feet. A standard poster tube will be 42 inches, or three-and-a-half feet long. Obviously this breaks the published length limit. However, from my experience with Amtrak, the train personnel are usually lenient about enforcing this policy, as long as ...


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You've identified most of the standard options. Almost all travel between Denver and Fort Collins is by private car (as is almost all travel in general in the U.S., outside of a handful of corridors between large cities), and relatively few people are expected to take Amtrak to Denver in order to get to Fort Collins, so the schedules are not coordinated. ...


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You can only query the statistics for one train at one station at a time (up to four weeks in the past), but you might find what you are looking for here: http://www.amtrakdelays.onlineschedulingsoftware.com/ You can also use their "catch train" search to get current data from some running trains.


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A quick Google search finds numerous reports of dinner being served after leaving LA. http://trainweb.org/carl/Flagstaff2010/ : Hakto told us that our dinner reservation was for 7:45 pm, so we settled into our room. http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/index.php?/topic/29285-southwest-chief-los-angeles-to-chicago/ : Out of LA we rolled right on time ...


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The Acela trains in particular can be quite crowded. The Northeast Corridor Amtrak routes on the Washington to Boston corridor are easily the highest traffic routes in the US rail network. In fact, there are many that actually commute along these lines several times per week between the various cities. (I.E. living in NYC and working in Boston or ...


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Technically, this is not allowed. The Amtrak Terms of Transportation states: If you do not board your train as booked, your entire reservation is subject to cancellation. However, you can call Amtrak and try to change your reservation from Pontiac to Detroit. You may even get a partial refund if the fare would be less.


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You're doing something wrong -- Cleveland has daily direct service to both Washington DC and New York.


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Depending on the details you want to present on your poster (in terms of optical resolution [dpi]) you may consider printing your poster not on paper, but on cloth like fine cotton or silk. (I do not refer to canvas.) Several times I saw this at conferences in Europe and the U.S., esp. by Japanese colleagues. On travel, it is cheap in terms of storage ...


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This will at least give you the on-time percentage: on-time percentage. However, I don't know of anything that will give you exact numbers, but in my experience it usually ends up being 90-120 minutes if it's delayed, but it can vary widely.


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From the Guidelines page: • An Amtrak station located on a zone boundary may be considered part of either bordering zone, if it is the initial origin or final destination for the redemption.


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Ultimately, your roll-a-board is too big by Amtrak rules. It really doesn't matter how much too big, it violates the rule. So your decision is really do you risk it or not. Just because some folks have experienced lax inspections of baggage size, doesn't mean all employees are lax with their judgement nor does it mean the rules won't apply. Even if 90% ...


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If you are planning on traveling first class (a.k.a. sleeper service) on a long-distance train, you want to get your tickets as early as possible as the various sleeping arrangements (roomettes, bedrooms, family bedrooms and accessible bedrooms) often sell out, particularly in the summer. As the rooms become scarcer, the prices go up. Note that with the ...


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The cheapest way would most certainly be renting a car. It stands to reason that you would need a car in Greensboro so you might as well have one of your own so you are not dependent on your relatives to provide you with one and the cost of renting one in Greensboro would be about the same as renting it in NYC if you are returning it to the same rental ...


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BART does not have luggage areas/racks as such, however all cars do have a large open area intended for bicycles and wheelchairs. Depending on how busy the train it at the time you get on you may be able to get the seat directly next to this area which will allow you to sit down and still control your luggage, or you may need to stand if that seat is taken ...


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I'm fairly certain that at least some cars on the Capitol Corridor have a luggage area by the stairs (I forget if it is upstairs or downstairs). You could ask the conductor as you board. There are also overhead bins for smaller items. The times I've ridden the Capitol Corridor it has never been crowded, but that's never been at 5pm on a weekday. BART ...


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Haven't taken the Capitol Corridor yet, but I know for sure that CalTrain is a valid option. BART doesn't have any designated luggage spaces, but you can take your luggage on it. BART goes to SFO and OAK after all, people do it all the time. You can take BART, then switch to CalTrain which has a couple of stops in Mountain View, or you can take the Capitol ...


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Just to confirm, when I took the trip in December 2011, there was a 120 volt outlet that said "Razor Only" However, it charged my nook, laptop and two phones without issue.


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Taxi would likely be your only alternative, while some buses around downtown Buffalo run into early morning hours the bus you will need to get to the Depew Station stops running at about 7:30pm the express bus which also stops at the station only has 1 run during the day.


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I travelled from Reno (Nevada) to Mount Pleasant (Iowa) with a several-day stop based in Denver (Colorado). I took a multi-city ticket. I don't think there's any cheaper solution.


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This is a good question that should be asked to an Amtrak representative. Technically it would not occur additional fees, since the room is already paid in full. According to stories I've heard, passengers have the option to upgrade en-route by asking the conductor; the room fare is then calculated according to the remaining distance at the current train ...


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That's a good question, but it is dependent on quite some factors. They usually postpone or advance the meal times depending on the stops. Denver is a long stop, for maintenance (I suppose you will be on the California Zephyr) so it will probably be either earlier or later. Remember also that Amtrak is not always on time (particularly after 2 days ...



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