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  1. Brian Battuello

    Downeaster July 2021

    Good trip report. A nice little corner of railroad Amtrak hasn't messed up yet.
  2. Brian Battuello

    Hi. Im new

    Welcome! Tell us a little about your train experiences.
  3. Brian Battuello

    Getting from Seattle to Vancouver

    Define "should". Define "early".
  4. Brian Battuello

    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    And I bet that regular AU posters are a miniscule and insignificant part of the market. They send out a few hundred thousand emails and some folks bite. Not like it cost them anything.
  5. Brian Battuello

    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    We wouldn't be Amtrak riders if we weren't optimists. Why else would we ride a train not knowing what day, much less hour, it will get to its destination?
  6. Brian Battuello

    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    And really. Valid for travel Jan 4 through Apr 30th. Like I know today when my friend and I want to go to NYC in March. Zzzzzz......
  7. Brian Battuello

    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    So someone decided to puff up a routine announcement with some social hype. I propose we all pelt him with his choice of brownies or blondies.
  8. Brian Battuello

    Amtrak to Montreal

    Looked up the cruise, looks terrific. Wish I could join you. Hope you have time to join me for a quick drink in Boston. I recommend the Black Rose near the Aquarium. Let me know if you are spending a night in Boston or have to hit the rails immediately, which would be a shame.
  9. Brian Battuello

    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    Amtrak doesn't need people to provide service. They proved that 18 months ago when they laid everyone off. :-)
  10. Brian Battuello

    VIA Black Friday sale has started

    VIA used to have a super-sale board for trains in the next 90 days or so. It was frequently possible to get 50% discounts in the off season. I did two one way trips on the Canadian in winter. Not exactly prime tourist or daylight time, but we had a blast. Spent several hours by myself in the...
  11. Brian Battuello

    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    That pretty much nails it. Yahoo! As soon as the news hits, I'm booking something...
  12. Brian Battuello

    Amtrak to Montreal

    FWIW, there is a direct Greyhound bus service from Boston South Station to Montreal. Takes about 8 hours. It leaves Boston at 1pm, so you could probably get there from the ship, but why not spend a few days in Boston? The Lake Shore Limited from Boston to Albany arrives long after the...
  13. Brian Battuello

    "Earn 5X Points this Holiday Season"

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    "Earn 5X Points this Holiday Season"

    Just called my boatyard and changed my account on file. $1000 is one boat buck...
  15. Brian Battuello

    The Canadian, "berths no longer available"?

    Don't make me post the "Some Like it Hot" Marilyn Monroe train scene again. YouTube it...
  16. Brian Battuello

    Another collision with a car carrier - this time in Richmond, California

    Wrecked vehicles? Those were brand new Mercedes until the train negligently plowed into them...
  17. Brian Battuello

    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    From your post to Amtrak's ear...
  18. Brian Battuello

    First time LD rider-Mom and child-questions!

    Your kid will love the roomette and the upper bunk. I've had two small kids play up there for days in a row. Be sure and bring a long extension cord or lots of batteries!
  19. Brian Battuello

    Wedding Ceremony in Grand Central Terminal

    Congrats, and don't post the date/time, or we might all show up :-)
  20. Brian Battuello

    Amtrak California Zephyr Crossing Donner Pass - September 2021

    Some very nice shots in there. The scene of the eastbound CZ going through the Summit snow sheds brought back happy memories of waiting to see if we would go through the "new" tunnel or the original more scenic "over the top" line. The splitting point was in the shed. The "over the top" line...
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