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    Lake Shore Limited 48/448 (26) Skipping Erie

    Im currently on the Lake Shore Limited for a quick trip home from Chicago to South Bend (after flying into OHare from the West Coast). The crew has announced (and I heard something in Union Station) that were skipping Erie, PA due to its record snowfall. No one can safely come to open/close and...
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    Random AGR Promos (targeted) - for basically free points

    Just logged into my AGR account, and saw a new promotion in my targeted list to "Earn 200 Bonus Points for booking a trip on Amtrak.com" I glanced at the promo period which was 2012-2016 validly dates (sadly a one time use promo) clicked register, and saw my master balance rise 200 points but no...
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    Upgrade coupons valid on the Hoosier State?

    I'm moving to South Bend, Indiana next week (on the Lake Shore Limited of course), already trying to plan a trip on the Business Class Iowa Pacific dome car of the Hoosier State. I'm Select and am trying to figure out if AGR Upgrade coupons are valid - since I don't think I'll be taking Acela...
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    Amtrak's Standard Policy to prohibit the use of electronic devices

    This image was texted to me from a friend of mine, who was riding the southbound Vermonter today (12/27) and found these leaflets sitting on every table in the cafe car: Thoughts? I've never seen something like these before in the Northeast. Just the suggested 30 minute rule Amtrak Cascades...
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    30 (9/22) and 50 (9/22) Both Delayed Before Leaving Chicago

    I'm currently sitting in the overcrowded Metropolitan Lounge waiting to board the Cardinal back to New York. It's already 30 minutes down. I arrived earlier this afternoon on the Southwest Chief that arrived 31 minutes early. This gave me enough time to have an excellent walk out to the Lake and...
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    New AGR Program Mailer with a nice luggage tag

    I got home and checked my mail yesterday to find a big envelope from AGR informing me about 2016 Amtrak Guest Rewards. Inside is a note from Vicky Radke, explaining that "What's not changing? Your tier benefits and the tier qualifying points (TQPs) you need to requalify." NOTHING about the fact...
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    Second Sleeper Added to the Cardinal in 2 Weeks?

    Curious if anyone knows how many Sleepers the Cardinal is normally running these days? I'm doing a quick old AGR redemption dash (flying out there) in a couple weeks ABQ-NYP. I assumed I would be on the LSL most likely, since a sleeper on the Cardinal is impossible to get, although I flirted...
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    Fast Track to Status Promotion (Porbably Targeted)

    I'm currently Select+ (and have been for the past two years). I have 7,252 TQPs this year (2,748 points to go). In past half-hour I got an e-mail about this promotion (minimum spend for double points is $35 so points runs don't qualify): I have very little travel scheduled before the end of...
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    A Fixed Line With Signs at NYP for the Ethan Allen

    Yesterday I was in NYP 3:45 and noticed a mazed off line that went straight back towards the side of the waiting area (near tracks 5 and 6). Little paper signs with the Wi-Fi on the Ethan Allen logo were at each end telling passengers to line up there for the Ethan Allen (the train leaves at...
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    American View and 3 other cars on the back of 49 (14)

    Just saw 49 that left NYP an hour down going through Inwood leaving Manhattan. Of course I wasn't ready with my camera. It has about four company cars in the back including the Viewliner American View bringing up the rear. I got a wave at the back. If you live farther north it's a great...
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    Points Now Posting Date of Boarding, Not Date of Train's Departure

    Last week I took the Crescent home to NYP from Charlotte, the scheduled departure time is 1:45am. (It used to be). Normally the date for the date points post (which matters to those of us who get S+ by doing stopovers and adding extra segments to our trips, and never want to exceed 4 a day) was...
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    Observations from the Piedmont Corridor

    Last week I finally headed down to North Carolina to do the Piedmont Corridor, the only Amtrak route that uses its own unique equipment that I hadn't ridden (the only routes I'm now missing are the Blue Water, Silver Meteor and Silver Star). Another Train Ride loving friend (who doesn't post on...
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    Deadheading Viewliner at the Back of the Lake Shore 49 (July 5)

    Snagged some photos yesterday, July 5th of the Northbound Lake Shore #49 (5) going through Garrison. There was a surprise on the back, a deadheading Viewliner Sleeper behind the Baggage Car: I do enjoy the looks of the back of a Superliner. Anyone have any explanation, I would understand...
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    Green River to Denver is Cheaper than Glenwood Springs to Denver

    Next month I need to go from Glenwood Springs to Denver. I randomly checked the date I want from Green River to Denver and its $59, but getting on two stops and 3 hours LATER at Glenwood Springs is $67. Grand Junction is even more ridiculous its presently $86 (vs. $59). If I was going the other...
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    CZ #5 (14) Helper Engine Added in Reno ? UPP 210 Mobile Lab On the Bac

    I'm currently on #5 sitting in the Reno Station (getting towards an hour down here, we arrived on time) as they finish adding a UP Helper locomotive #5295. I assume to take us down through the Sierras. The back of the train has the strangest car I've ever seen, UPP #210 "Mobile Lab" that's...
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    Boarding the Northbound Palmetto in Charleston - A Window Seat?

    Next week I'm taking a little mini, nearly spur of the moment trip down Charleston, SC. The excuse is $87 worth of Travel Funds (from a flight I didn't end of taking) on SW Airlines that expire next Wednesday, the day I'm flying down and finding a flight for just $99 (Delta was non-stop for only...
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    Acela Points Earning Changing (Upgrade Coupons now earn only 500 point

    I found a link to this in the bottom of the links in my november eStatement as I was sifting through e-mails: From Program News on the AGR Website: You no longer get the 250 point TQP bonus for using a coupon to upgrade! (I guess they decided 750 TQP points just for using a coupon was too much...
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    2014-2015 Amtrak Vacations Catalogue sent to me Unsolicited

    I just got home, went through the mail and found the new 2014-2015 Amtrak Vacations catalogue sent to me along with a sheet with early booking bonuses, from $800 to $200 savings for booking by October 31, 2013 for trips between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. I did not request the catalogue...
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    Empire Service Delays - Downed Trees and signals along the Hudson Line

    Don't know if anyone has been checking on the Empire Service using Status Maps. It's a total mess this evening. A bad storm around 3:00 knocked down trees and stumbled the signal system. I'm currently on the Southbound Adirondack that just arrived in Poughkeepsie 1 hour and 44 minutes late. We...
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    No Cardinal Train #50 Service to Hinton, WV for the next two trips

    Just noticed this slightly odd service advisory: Anyone know what's going on, rare trackage opportunity? I don't know the routing of the Cardinal at all (ridden it just once)
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