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  1. crescent2

    Luggage storage at destination station?

    I searched the forums for an answer, but the search function and I don't play well together. Later this summer two friends and I are taking train #20/Crescent to DC, sleeper tickets. Can we store our bags at the train station and then sight-see for a few hours before retrieving them and going...
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    Option to transfer to the same train?

    I was reading a thread on Alpine TX, and the Holland Hotel, got interested and then did a "what if" check on amtrak.com. (Yes, I have lots of spare time!) Alpine to NOL shows two options: The Sunset Limited straight through to NOL. The Sunset Limited to SAS, and transfer (hour and a half...
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    sleeper availability for dates in 2018

    While it is far too early to try to book yet, in checking the Crescent for 2018 dates, all the dates I've checked at random show only 2 roomettes and usually 1 BR available, even though Amsnag shows what I presume is low bucket prices for all these dates. Also, the price shown on Amsnag is a...
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    Ambus & Fisherman's Wharf

    We have a couple of questions re an upcoming trip on the CZ. We are booked to Fisherman's Wharf, and our hotel should be about a 5-10 minute walk from the Ambus stop. If the train happens to run really late, so late that the businesses at the Wharf are closed, how safe is the area for two...
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    RT zone awards on single reservation

    I know I should know this, but I've forgotten. :unsure: I have my last-hurrah award zone trips booked, a round trip on the Zephyr :) , but the agent booked both awards on a single reservation. After I was given the single reservation number on the phone, I asked if it wouldn't be better to...
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    2013 exceptions now gone?

    I just phoned AGR re a proposed trip that my two Amtrak converts and I wanted to book before the rules change. I was told that CZ to sb CS is no longer allowed on a single AGR award; it would require two 1-zone awards. This used to be covered under the AGR exceptions (alternate direct route...
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    CZ, CS questions

    Which months (if any) in the first part of 2016 are normally pretty unlikely to experience a detour or major delay on the wb CZ west of Denver (also possibly the sb CS)? From another thread, Oct., Nov., and perhaps Sept. seem to be the safest months re detours on the CZ, but my friend(s?) and I...
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    wb CZ: least risk of detour or other surprises

    I need to stop procrastinating and book the wb CZ from Denver. Which time of year within the next 11 months is least likely to have a detour, bustituion, cancellation, etc.? I'd be taking this trip solely for the scenery and train ride and would like to minimize the chances of an unpleasant...
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    Smoke stops?

    Where are the usual smoke stops on the Crescent #19/20, Cap Ltd #29, and Cardinal #50? Are all except the service stops usually omitted (as smoke stops, not for boarding passengers of course) if the train is running behind schedule? I should know for the Crescent, but other than presumably...
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    Connection between 2 AGR awards

    A friend and I have an upcoming trip which involves two 2-zone AGR awards with no hotel overnights. We should be arriving in CHI early in the day to end the first award, and then departing on the same day 9 hours later on a different train to begin the second award. The trips are on two...
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    ? re missed connections AGR

    If a guaranteed connection between two separate AGR sleeper reservations is going to be missed due to the train you're on running very late, what is the best way to handle that, if there is a choice? Is there a way to find out, before the departure time/AGR cancellation deadline of the next...
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    Questions Cap Ltd and Card trip

    Any advice or info? I found info on the most scenic sections of the eastbound Cardinal in another thread, but where are the most scenic stretches on the westbound Capitol Limited? Anything to especially watch for on the Crescents both ways? I've done the Crescent to WAS before but it's been a...
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    Would this trip work?

    I recently purchased points with the 50% bonus, so now they are trying to burn a hole in my pocket. My dream CZ trip is on indefinite hold for several reasons, mostly logistics, but what are the pros and cons of the simpler trip below? I'm asking here instead of on the AGR forum because most...
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    Usual remedies for missed connections

    I'm trying to decide on plans for a tentative trip in sleepers. In addition to my concerns, someone yesterday totally changed his itinerary to avoid an iffy connection, and someone today was wondering whether to cancel her trip at the last minute. Both of these were much shorter trips than the...
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    AGR policy if sleepers turn into coach?

    I, along with at least two other very recent posters, am concerned about missed connections on AGR sleeper award trips. If Amtrak can't bus you to catch up with your train, it's my understanding they put you up in a hotel overnight and put you on the next day's train. However, sleepers often...
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    Pros & Cons for this trip

    Long detailed post, sorry: I've been thinking :huh: about changing my hoped-for Amtrak trip next year on the CZ to an around-the-US trip instead. I came up with an itinerary and would like your expert opinions on it, especially if you see any major problems that I'm overlooking. Except for...
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    wb CZ cancelled June 19

    I was playing around on amtrak.com since the AGR redemption guidelines are now published. :) Picked a date at random and found the westbound CZ from Denver shows cancelled for Wed., June 19. Are cancellations of the CZ common in June? Is the cancellation due to scheduled track work or to...
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    4 more weeks to check on missing points?

    I joined Lifelock through the AGR link with a promo code for a bonus of 2,000 AGR points in March. The charge posted to my Chase AGR credit card in April. The 2,000 points never posted to my AGR account, so I sent an email a week or so ago. Got one back requesting the date and my city and...
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    How to reduce kb to upload pic

    Hi, I finally got around to locating a picture I'd like to upload for my profile. Even after major cropping, it is still 700kb+. I get a message telling me the max is 100kb. That seems really small. How can I reduce my picture's kb size? If I crop it much more, there won't be enough left...
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    Best train combos EMY-NOL

    While messing around on the amtrak site, I saw that EMY to NOL gives many route choices on certain days. Considering best scenery, comfort and services of trains (hopefully AGR for sleepers), safety of making connections, etc., which routes do you think are best, and why: Pacific...
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