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  1. ReidTYK

    Sunset Limited along the International Border

    Heading back to the original topic, the one time that I've been on the Sunset, we had the DEA come into the TE sleeper and accompany someone off of the train who had some large amount of marijuana hidden in his roomette. To make it worse, he was at the same time unable to prove his citizenship...
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    Entertaining an Amtrak vacation.

    Bringing your own food/non-alcoholic drinks on board is no problem. Amtrak has drinking water spigots in the coaches, occasionally with cups. Most Amtrak stations are within walking distance of hotels. Don't know about hostels. The train can get pretty ful, but even in a full coach, I don't find...
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    Who travels the greatest distance?

    1. I've never actually been to the Vancouver station, I always end up starting from somewhere south, or Toronto. 2. I hope that's a rhetorical question. 3. Currently there's no snow on the ground, as I'm sitting poolside in Phoenix, but back home, the pile of snow i've shoveled from the...
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    Who travels the greatest distance?

    When I travel Amtrak, the nearest station would probably be Vancouver. A whopping 1466 miles, or 31 hours.
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    Viewliner roomette on LSL - NYP-CHI

    It may have been referring to the superliner lounges.
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    VIA derailment today (2/26/12)

    I wonder what caused this. Makes you wonder how safe travel by train really is.
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    Cresent from Atlanta to NOLA

    I love being technologically connected, and can't travel anywhere without both my iPhone and my iPad, but when I'm on the train, I love just watching the american scenery roll by. (But I do go on FB at least once a day)
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    amtrak ld differences from via ld

    It should be noted that although you do have a private toilet for daytime use, when the bed is made up, it covers the toilet, requiring you to use public facilities, or move the bed enough to access the toilet.
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    Viewliner Roomette: Upper or Lower bunk

    Upper— I like being able to roll sideways, and look out the window while lying down. The idea of lying beside the toilet also bugs me. Finally, if you're traveling alone, you can keep the chairs made up, ideal for reading before going to bed or after waking up.
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    Paying for Amtrak trip

    I would assume that as long as there is sufficient credit on the card, it would work the same as a regular Visa card. I've used Visa gift cards online to purchase anything from electronics to pizzas. I dont see why Amtrak would be any different.
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    City of New Orleans

    I learn something new every day on this forum. :)
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    City of New Orleans

    AFAIK, those diagrams don't have any errors, but either way, here are the diagrams you're looking for: http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/index.php?/topic/45998-new-car-floor-plans/page__fromsearch__1
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    Showers on Superliners

    You might want to take a look at the Superliner sleeper virtual tour. http://www.amtrak.com/media/train_tour/superliner/superlinerSLEEPER_CONTROLLER.html
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    16 year old denied passage

    I too think that Amtrak needs to loosen up thier policy somewhat. I'm 14. Last summer I traveled to Africa on my own, I think I'd be able to make it through the NEC without a problem. I love my independence, and I hate rules like this that restrict it.
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    Stay out of lower level roommettes?

    Doesn't it say somewhere in the Amtrak Service Standards Manual that OBS aren't allowed to smoke on duty. I hate the smell of cigarette smoke, and if it was coming into my roomette, I'd want to report it to Amtrak, and especially if it was smoke from an OBS employee.