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  1. crescent2

    Questions (Amtrak vs Greyhound, DEN to ORL)?

    My late husband, who wasn't in a power chair but had to use a wheelchair at times, and I traveled both on Amtrak and by air on vacations. We enjoyed traveling by Amtrak, but we never took a trip together that was nearly as long or as involved as the one you'd be taking. (I've since taken...
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    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    Wow, I've been away awhile and this is what I come back to see--more death by a thousand cuts, and to my beloved Crescent, not that I'm shocked by it. Eating in the dining car was one of the more pleasant aspects of train travel for several reasons. I hate to see that experience downgraded on...
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    Long trip on coach with kids?

    Lots of good replies here, but I'll add my two cents' worth. No surprise, but a roomette would definitely be preferable if you can possibly afford one. It would be worth changing your dates a day or two to get a lower price, if that is a possibility. Keep in mind, though, a roomette is a very...
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    Advice for Son and me traveling on the Crescent

    I claim the Crescent as "my" train; my trips on it have overall been very pleasant. Wave at the little station in Anniston, AL. You'll also go past the Army Depot near there if your son likes military things. I hope you and your son have a great trip. (Don't count on being on time, though...
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    Luggage storage at destination station?

    Thanks, everyone, for all the info and suggestions for us! Re storing our luggage, that was the answer I was hoping to hear. We will go with our plan to take the Circulator/National Mall on our arrival day, if we have extra time before check-in. I'll try to answer the questions posed. We...
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    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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    Advice for First-Time Flyers

    One of the many things I like about Alexa (I have a couple of Dots) are the sleep sounds skills (apps). There are several plane and train ones, along with about anything else you could imagine from guitars to washing machines. The distant trains are probably my favorite. Lots of box fans...
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    What to do in NYC

    Which locations are safe, at least until about dark-thirty? (Reasonably safe for three "mature" ladies?) Thanks! On another, related note: I'm in the definite minority on this. I've visited several major US cities coast to coast, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Mexico, England, Wales, France, Germany...
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    Denver Union Station

    The station certainly is beautiful. We splurged and stayed there overnight before traveling on the CZ. Sadly, too many old stations have been torn down.
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    Amtrak Blacklist?

    I don't know the circumstances, so this is just speculation, but the fact that he is a minor probably affected their decision. Putting an adult off a train is one thing, but putting a minor off before his scheduled stop is another, unless a parent had somehow already arrived to meet him. Too...
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    Perhaps I should clarify, although I think most people would understand what I meant in my post. By "light" I wasn't thinking of numbers. A salad with a few pieces of cold meat on top and a dessert is "light" (even if high-calorie) compared with say, a steak or steak and seafood dinner that...
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    Comparing treatment of pax w/disabilities: Amtrak vs Europe vs Japan

    As far as passengers with disabilities, I can't compare Amtrak with other nations' trains, but my husband had mobility limitations, and we always received excellent service on Amtrak. As his mobility deteriorated, the service increased to include the use of a wheelchair lift when getting on and...
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    It's not that the cold boxed meals are "bad" in themselves; it's that they are the only option for lunch and dinner. I'd probably choose one for one day's lunch, although the option of at least a burger would be nice. For the main meal of the day, they are very light fare, especially for more...
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    I'd rather have a hot dinner or breakfast any day than an amenity kit, especially when I can't be confident I'll even get it. I doubt I'm alone in that. As Tricia said, things are so inconsistent that I'd be afraid not to bring my own toiletries anyway, which makes the kit superfluous. Also, I...
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    How is coach on the Capitol Limited Train

    I don't know if you've made your trip yet, but there are more replies today so I'll share my experience. On my most recent coach trip on the Crescent from ATN to NOL with two friends, our car was literally almost empty, but the car attendant put a single passenger in the seat next to the third...
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    Joe Boardman questions current Amtrak's managements motives

    From reading the entire article from the link, Boardman is certainly critical of the way things are currently being handled under Anderson. Is it usual for a former to be so critical of the current management? Regardless, his concerns lend credence to the concerns being expressed in several...
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    Best Airport Amtrak Station connection?

    Rail Freak, I need a GPS to get through Atlanta's airport! Seriously, though, my husband had mobility limitations, and they always gave us a ride on a cart through the airport right to our gate. I think I arranged it ahead of time with the airline, but I can't recall the details. Allow extra...
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    "And my thinking is it would be a bigger waste of the diners if Amtrak goes under because of lack of funds and/or because they did not meet the mandate to get rid of F&B losses." That would be true if that were the only alternative, but I think it's debatable that the present course is one that...
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    I only drop in and out here, and may have missed some pertinent things along the way. However-- If I understand correctly, although at present this involves only two trains, isn't this a terrible waste of the new dining cars, which took forever to get, to now let the kitchens sit unused? It...
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    Acela 2150 decouples at 125mph (2/6/18)

    What's wrong with you, Triley??! People prove each other wrong on here all the time whether they are or not. It's a rule. And give reprimands for whining, go on political rants, derail threads (I'm especially good at that), fight tipping wars, etc. etc. But I can't seem to stay away for...
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