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    Auto Train with Small Children 7/28/2021

    Good to know, ssburn. We should have sent them back. Beyond tough is right! It bent our plastic knives. :oops:
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    Auto Train with Small Children 7/28/2021

    The waiting area of the Sanford station was a bit crowded, but we still found seats. There was a long lineup of cars waiting to check in, stretching past the entrance driveway and onto Persimmon Ave. It didn't seem to affect our ability to get on our way in reasonable time. The Amtrak status...
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    Auto Train with Small Children 7/28/2021

    It was a medium blue quilted blanket, packaged in a plastic bag.
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    Questions on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    My trip report from July 28, 2021: Auto Train with Small Children 7/28/2021
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    Auto Train Check-in at Lorton VA Station

    My trip report: Auto Train with Small Children 7/28/2021
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    Auto Train with Small Children 7/28/2021

    Hmmm I don't think I'd recognize whether the bedding was new or not. The last time we slept in an Amtrak bedroom was 2015, and couldn't say whether last week's bedding was different.
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    Auto Train with Small Children 7/28/2021

    Long report. My husband and I, both 65, took the Auto Train #53 from Virginia to Florida on 7/28/2021 with our three grandchildren, aged 8, 6, and 3. It was the second time on the Auto Train for my husband and me, but a “once in a lifetime" surprise trip for the grandkids, all of whom love...
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    Auto Train Check-in at Lorton VA Station

    Thanks, everyone. I've confirmed on this discussion that a rider successfully did it as recently as September 2020. We're good to go. Can't wait to tell the grandkids!
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    Questions on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    Great news for us! Thanks.
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    Questions on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    erinch13, on your southbound trip last September, were you still able to check-in as a passenger early without leaving your auto? I'm taking 3 small children later this month, and I'd really like to check in early to snag a good dinner seating, but not have to occupy them in the station for 3 hours!
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