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    CA brings fight with Amtrak to Congress

    Yes, I'm with you on that. I love the coaches on the Piedmont train. The seats are extremely comfortable and the larger windows are a bonus as well. Since the Carolinian doesn't offer anything exceptional in the cafe' anyways, I'd just assume keep the vending machines if it means we can keep the...
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    Bedroom Luggage Capacity

    I've kept a rollerboard carry-on and a duffle bag with me in a roomette before so I'm certain you will be able to keep them in a bedroom no problem. However... in another thread, you mentioned boarding the Chief at midnight. When you board, your beds will already be lowered which means it will...
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    Biden Amtrak article 11/15

    I can't comment if $7.3 B is an appropriate amount, but that by-pass is needed. Getting through Cincinnati is not fun.
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    Brightline Orlando Extension

    What would really be ideal, is if a new rail station were built that served Amtrak, Brightline, and SunRail. I would love to step off of my Amtrak train and catch a Brightline direct to Disney.
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    Complimentary Drinks for Sleeper Car passengers?

    The current "Flexible" dining menu on Amtrak's website lists the following - Coffee – Regular & Decaf Hot Tea Milk Minute Maid – Orange & Apple Juice Gold Peak Iced Tea Unsweetened Crystal Geyser Spring Water Coke - Regular or Diet Sparkling Water Seagram’s Ginger Ale
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    I agree. I have walked to/from my Chicago hotel when it was nice weather but most of the time it's either too cold or I'm too tired to want to deal with rolling my suitcase through the city and just grab a cab. Most hotels are just a little too far.
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    As long as the hotel has rooms available they will typically let you check in early and only charge you for one night. Some hotels charge an early check-in fee but this is usually waived if you have loyalty status with the hotel chain. I've checked into hotels as early as 7 AM when coming in...
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    It may be handy to make a list of hotels that are either physically attached to the Amtrak station or are literally across the street. Here's a start - Denver, Colorado Union Station -The Crawford Hotel. - Attached to the station. Indianapolis, Indiana. - Crowne Plaza Hotel. - Sidewalk...
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    Will dining cars resume 12/15/20?/Flexible dining extended to May 2021?

    There are quite a few variables when traveling in coach. Depending on where you are sitting, the noise, light, and even air levels can be dramatically different. I've had nights where I've slept quite well in coach and others where I hardly slept at all and felt exhausted the next day, which is...
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    Business class on the Illini/Saluki is a ripoff

    I'm not sure if I would like that for a regular business class, the seats are very comfortable but it's not very private. I think the 2x1 seating is ideal.
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    Will dining cars resume 12/15/20?/Flexible dining extended to May 2021?

    I remember in like 2007-ish I went down to ride the Crescent from Atlanta to Birmingham and back in the same day specifically because they were bringing back some cooked to order items. I can't remember what I had for breakfast but I specifically ordered a steak and baked potato.
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    Biden Amtrak article 11/15

    I didn't realize there was such a serious reason for Joe Biden's Amtrak connection.
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    Biden Amtrak article 11/15

    It would be really great if we could see additional funding for more Long Distance routes. Wishful thinking I know but it seems like a possibility with a President who genuinely likes trains.
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    Election results and Amtrak

    I'm not sure if Senator Harris has much of an opinion on Amtrak or not, but California funds the Pacific Surfliner, San Joaquin, and Capitol Corridor. California has also been constructing a high-speed line. Also.. back in February Senator Harris and Vice President Biden famously ran into each...
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    Election results and Amtrak

    I just searched for the car and found John Ringling's Private car, is that the one you are referring to? It's beautiful! Although it's a wooden car so I'm guessing it's not Amtrak certified. But I suppose if the President requests it anything can happen! ha. Depending on how the counts go...
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