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  1. Long Train Runnin'

    Anyone Else Get " Enjoy an upgrade to Business class" email?

    Just curious how widespread this is. I used to be a Select Plus member, but my Amtrak travel has dropped off to almost 0 especially on paid fares. Now that the AGR points are gone I haven't been traveling much at all. I just got the email below today. I do have a reservation on the books that...
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    A train ride around Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar

    Not really a full blown trip report, but I thought I would take a few minutes to write up a little something about a rail journey I took last week. As I keep chasing new countries to visit the list starts to include more and more places I know less and less about. Myanmar would fall into that...
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    Mayor de Blasio to Propose Streetcar Line Linking Brooklyn and Queens

    Kind of surprised there is no thread for this already here. Saw this article yesterday I thought for sure there would be some discussion about it. Rest of the article here.
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    A couple days in Lima

    I wrote this report for another site, but thought I would post it here. As well. Hope you enjoy. I was able to sneak a couple extra days off from work the weekend before, so the question became very quickly where could I sneak off too. Looking at fares, and assisted by ExpertFlyer I saw an...
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    Riding the Rails in Malaysia and Indonesia Experiences?

    In a couple of weeks I am off to a new part of Southeast Asia for me. I have been through Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, so I have a pretty good sense of what its like to in and around Southeast Asia. Although I am new to Malaysia and Indonesia. I will be traveling alone, so...
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    My visit to North Korea

    Fair warning its an insanely long report, so I'd recommend having a little bit of time to get through it. It's just one part of what is becoming an even longer report about my trip to Asia. I hope you enjoy it. I will write more about my journey getting to North Korea, but I want to put some of...
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    Burning More Points. NER, Capitol Limited, And Empire Builder EWR-SEA

    Well it went from being a couple of years to a couple of days in between my long distance train rides. After a couple of days at home handling a family emergency and a couple family functions. I found myself waking up on a friends couch after an enjoyable evening at a friend’s celebration...
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    Burning some points. Silver Meteor NYP-MIA and Return.

    It has been far to long since I have been aboard a long distance Amtrak train. I was sitting on about 100,000 AGR points waiting for the right time to work on riding the few Amtrak long distance services that I haven’t ridden yet. With the impending devaluation I knew that it was time to get...
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    I really should know this. Points travel for 2.

    I'm sorry this is a rookie question that I know I should know the answer to, but I am at a loss. I'm working on burning my miles here, and a friend of mine has decided he is game to give Amtrak a shot. I know rooms are the same number of points for 1 or 2 people in a room, but what if you have...
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    No more Email Log In?

    Maybe its just me, but I just tried to sign into my AGR account, and it longer says Member Number or email address it only will take your member number now. Seems odd to take a step backwards.
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    Getting to and Participating in the 8th Annual Amtrak Unlimited Gather

    Another October another trip to attend the Amtrak Unlimited Annual Gathering. For the 5th year in a row I found myself in transit toward what would certainly be an enjoy weekend. My flight to San Francisco was scheduled to leave at 10AM, so at 7AM I found myself driving to my favorite off...
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    Riding the rails in Sicily

    In a bizarre case of being in the right place at the right time I have another extended stopover in Cantina I have roughly 28 hours to play with in this case. I am landing at around 2pm on a Saturday and leaving at 8PM on Sunday. I have already booked my hotel to be 1 block from Catania Centrale...
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    20 Hours in Japan

    Sorry it took so long to put together, but I thought I would write a little bit about my time in Japan to help “wrap up” my thread. First off all I would like to thank the members here who no matter the question go out to their way to provide as much detailed information as they possibly can...
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    TALKS BREAK DOWN OVER POTENTIAL LIRR STRIKE Yikes. I can't imagine the NY Metro Area without the LIRR.
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    20 Hours in Japan

    I have a trip this upcoming August to the far east. I built my flight connections in such a way that I have a 20 hour layover in Japan with the idea being it would give me a chance to experience some of the high speed rail the country has to offer. I would also like to work in a ride on the...
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    Maxing out my Rewards

    The time has finally arrived to turn the point balance I have into a trip that finishes most of the missing pieces I have inside of the Amtrak system. While taking advantage of the overnight stop overs that are allowed in certain destinations. I have finally nailed down what I think will be the...
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    Overnight Trains in Vietnam

    In January I will be in Vietnam for a few weeks, and was looking at taking a train from Saigon (Ho-Chi-Min City) to Da Nang has anyone here had any experiences on the Vietnamese national railroad? I will be traveling with a native speaker, so I'm not really worried to much about the language...
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    Acela Testing 165 MPH in September?

    I know there is work on going on around portions of the NEC in NJ with the goal of getting the Acela to 165 I just thought any kind of real speed increase was still years away. Although on Page 4 of Amtrak Ink for August/September I found this. I am not familiar with the time line on the...
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    Riding the Shanghai Maglev

    There isn’t all that much I can write about what ended up being roughly 18 minutes of actual time on the train, but I wanted to take a minute and share my thoughts and experiences onboard the Shanghai Meglev train. They only run the train at its max speed of 430 km/h (267 MPH) for a few hours a...
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    National Train Day 2012 in PHL

    HereI thought I would take a minute to write something up to match the photographs I took while at National Train Day in Philadelphia. I started out my day at Metropark where I met up with Jishnu (jis) and Piotr (NJCoastExp) where we chatted for a little while before boarding a very crowded...