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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There are a few YouTube videos that turn up on a search for Amtrak "unscheduled stop", including ones at Cortlandt (a Metro-North station) and Old Saybrook (a Shore Line East stop that does get Amtrak service, but not normally train 160). But consider that unlike a plane, a train does not have to be at a terminal to make an unscheduled stop. Anyone who has ...


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Yes, it does have a breakfast available in the dining car, no reservations needed. Breakfast starts at 6:30am and is normally available until 10:00am. If the train is on time, it should be arriving in LA sometime around 9:30am on the second morning and the breakfast service will end shortly before then. You should still have plenty of time to head to ...


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Hertz and Budget have an office there.


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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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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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Roomettes are indeed assigned, and which one you get will be indicated on your ticket (as highlighted below): You can request a particular roommette (or bedroom, family bedroom, bedroom suite, etc.) by calling Amtrak or seeing an agent at the station; as with airline seats, the earlier you do this the better if you have a preference. The car number will ...


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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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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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It seems to be possible to enter without a train ticket for these members. On their lounge page, Amtrak lists who can access them. They list those specifically needing a ticket: Amtrak passengers with a same-day ticket (departing) or ticket receipt (arriving) in First Class or sleeping car accommodations. Complimentary ClubAcela Single-Day Pass ...


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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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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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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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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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Amsnag is what you want. Note that for most Amtrak routes, especially the long distance ones, the base fares are relatively static from one day to the next - they will go up over time though as the cheapest tickets sell out. However the cost of bedroom accommodation can be 50% or even 100% higher from one day to another. On the commuter routes such as the ...


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I think the only real answer to this is that it can't hurt to ask the on-train staff -- politely and without sounding like you have a right to be let off there. However, I wouldn't get my hopes up. There doesn't seem to be a passenger station in Evanston, and railway regulations generally frown on letting passengers alight between stations except in an ...


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According to Amtrak at 800-USA-RAIL, you may check your baggage in as soon as the baggage department opens at the station. It's 7:15AM at my station. Perfect for my 10PM departure.


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The map online is incorrect; the station stop is actually located at 794 Howard Street, near Jillian's and the Target Guest Pickup sign. There is an "Amtrak Bus Stop" sign on a light pole about 1foot wide by 2ft tall.


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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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