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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Please, do tell! It would be interesting to hear what precautions they're using on the train, how the crew morale is holding up, etc. This whole experience has been one for the record books.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I was just messing around looking at Fort Worth / Chicago fares; it appears that most fares are at second bucket, a few at low bucket in sleepers. No discounts lower than that. Surprisingly some sell outs on family rooms and bedrooms on some dates. Personally, I don't think I'd want to chance...
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    Amtrak teases upgraded bedding/amenities for sleeping cars

    I don't see shared pump bottles being a particular risk. They wash off the spouts daily with a disinfectant like any other surface in the bathroom tub / shower area. In Amtrak showers' case, I think this would be an improvement over random bars of soap littering the soap basin and floor in the...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    That should really help things along, especially losing sleepers. I know they're more labor intensive, but they are also more isolated so that folks can segregate a bit.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I finally bit the bullet and cancelled my trip for the end of this month. Calling in at 9:50am today, I was told there was a 10 minute wait and could enter a call back number. The whole process went smoothly. I'd booked using AGR points and the whole balance was refunded to my account. Makes...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    The best advice I ever received from this board was Gaffers Tape. Official tape of Amtrak, fixes curtains, air vents, heat vents, rattling doors and all sorts of other issues. Doesn't do anything for the contemporary dining menu, but otherwise it's great. They should include it in the amenity...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I'm really struggling myself on this one... I had a trip at the end of this month to Chicago and the meeting I was attending has been cancelled due to virus concerns. Part of me would just love to take the trip for no particular reason and relax, then fly back home; but I'd feel really stupid...
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    Hiawatha Peak/Off Peak Question

    Or, plan B, purchase points so you can upgrade using points...
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    Amtrak teases upgraded bedding/amenities for sleeping cars

    What I'd love to see in the sleepers is a wall mount dispenser for soap, shampoo, and maybe conditioner. I've seen bar soap in many showers but nothing else. The space is confined and I think many passengers would appreciate it, especially those who assume shampoo is provided as it is in...
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    Car rentals at Chicago Union Station

    I thought it was a single seat ride from Clinton on the Blue Line (?) straight to Ohare, then I'd have to get to the rental car shuttle vans. But about a two block walk in March in Chicago mid day, hoping that wouldn't be too bad of an experience.
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    Best roomette on the Capitol Limited

    Plus, the nice thing about the lower level is that you can easily get to your luggage on the same level so you can dash out, get your clothes, back to the room, change, etc. And the shower is right there so you'll have visibility. Only negative is it's not as private at station stops with the...
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    Train 934 Emeryville to Chicago?

    It has now been relabeled as Test Train rather than California Zephyr and shows around Grand Junction. On Tuesday last week it was showing ability to book but they must have fixed that.
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    Train 934 Emeryville to Chicago?

    Also for fun, I looked at Amtrak's site to see if you could book a seat on this train from Denver to Chicago today or tomorrow, but it looks like that got shut down.
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    Train 934 Emeryville to Chicago?

    Just looking at the Amtrak status map on TransitDocs, and it's showing 934 crossing over into Colorado about now, 3.5 hours late from schedule, behind #6. It'd be real interesting if anyone can get any pictures, or any reports about how many real passengers are on this train? Both it and #6...
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    Train 934 Emeryville to Chicago?

    Stranger still, I did a search on Amsnag and it shows available on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. With no checked bags, and no food service, although the above photos showed a diner and two sleepers in the consist. Sounds like a lovely trip, you'd think they would offer something...
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    Glenwood Springs hotels near Amtrak station?

    Actually, winter is great pool season. It's freezing outside, but the pool is nice and toasty. Something special about floating around in a pool in a snow storm that's is pretty neat. One other thought to consider... depending how you are with physical exercise, there is a great bike path /...
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    21 is 7.5 hours late

    As of now, it's 8.5 hours late and hasn't hit Dallas. If they bustitute, will they run the train the rest of the way to San Antonio so the return leg is normal, or will they do a bus bridge back to Fort Worth or Dallas?
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    Glenwood Springs hotels near Amtrak station?

    Correct about the Hotel Denver, climb the stairs in the station and it's right there. Glenwood is fairly pedestrian friendly with a nice downtown with decent dining options. Used to be a great bookstore downtown, The Book Train, that had a nice selection including some railroad titles. The...
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    Car rentals at Chicago Union Station

    Should have read "accessible rental cars" in that last sentence, curse of tablet typing and autocorrect.
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    Car rentals at Chicago Union Station

    After running the numbers I realized the downtown rentals would effectively be double the airport rate. So I'll be taking CTA to O Hare and renting there. 40 9r 50 minutes, a new adventure, and my return flight is from o'hare so that nailed it. Still hard to believe Amtrak wouldn't do...
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