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    Fire impacts Coast Starlight (6/29/21)

    Please define “early September” I’m booked on 11 PDX-SAC and really nervous.
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    Fire impacts Coast Starlight (6/29/21)

    9/7 is the last day of the bus bridge? I’m on the NEXT train south, on 9/8 out of Portland. This ought to be enough to make me feel relieved. So why don’t I? Is it because there’s enough in the fine print to allow Amtrak to change things whenever and however? I’m hoping someone can make feel me...
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    Is PTC killing scanner use?

    I really enjoy taking my scanner on train trips. We get to hear about “issues” early on and we enjoy the back-and- forth with conductors snd the head end, for example. I have frequencies for my trains from On Tack/Online loaded in my scanner, changing them each time I change trains. It’s great...
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    Early Deboarding

    With 3 out of 4of my last conductors I’d dutifully show them my QR code and the did not scN it no look at the ticket-just waved me on.I’ll always do it so I won’t be”THAT guy”
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    PTC-still getting “signal issues”?

    Looking over the delayed-train reports on the Amtrak Alerts page, I see a noticeable group of delays from “signal issues’. What? Wasn’t PTC, after truckloads of money spent on just that feature, supposed to make that source of delay disappear? Instead, it seems that “signal issues” still seem to...
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    Craziest Drama on Amtrak you've seen?

    I may as well throw in another bit of on-board drama since many others have done so. Listening to my scanner aboard the EB one night after passing Wisconsin Dells enroute to Tomah, we heard the SSL’s attendant/bartender call for “a uniformed conductor”. We shortly “just happened to wander by”...
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    VL2 for the Cardinal?

    One of my few-if-ever chances to ride the Cardinal will be around Labor Day. Any chance at all they'd run a Viewliner Ii on 51/52? I’d sure like to experience one before I’m too old to travel.
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    Clifton Forge VA AMTRAK refueling stop also?

    I notice that Clifton Forge Va is a fueling stop for CSX trains. Does AMTRAK refuel here too, or do they fill up further down the line?
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    Arriving at chicago- Back into station or pull in?

    In the past my train has both pulled into Chicago and at other times it’s backed in. Is there a way to tell what my train will be directed to do, or is it at the dispatcher’s whim?
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    Anyone get this 5x points promo, and did it work for you?

    The agent at AGR said so many hit the link at once that it crashed the system. Would love to know how many that took😳;)
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    Is Portland, OR Safe?

    On other times we took a MAX line to Voodoo Doughnuts and would like to go again (who wouldn’t) in 2021. What is the best MAX stop for this, how long a walk is it, and is it a safe-enough walk there and back to MAX?
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    Different points for different roomettes?

    Good responses all, new friends, and I managed to book half my trip. For the return trip, from the same agent, I was assured that I could book, using the departure date of the first train of my journey, without regard to departure date of the subsequent trains re whether they were 11 months...
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    Different points for different roomettes?

    Penny, I did think about that and I’ll follow your suggestion. Can you tell me of a good time/day to catch a more experienced agent on duty? This is a 50th anniversary trip and I don’t want anything to go wrong. Thank you.
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    Different points for different roomettes?

    Ok, fellow travelers, help me verify what an AGR agent told me when I called to book a trip. Her software assigned us a roomette upstairs, but when I asked for one downstairs, she told me that would cost me about 17,000 more points, saying that some roomettes are charged more points than others...
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    NOL Amtrak station

    From our experience, you’ll be able to check luggage as soon as you can get to the counter. However, the parts of NOL you’d likely want to see are too far away for you to tour and still make it back by boarding time, which is on the order of 1:15 depending on the length of the line at the track...
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    Can Alexa check AMTRAK schedules?

    When I unboxed my Amazon Echo, within the first 15 minutes I was asking her for the expected arrival of 20 into Atlanta. She was “not sure”. Then I saw the Train Status skill and tried using that. She still was “not sure”. It turns out that I can check LIRR, BART, NY subway, Metro and other...
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    What am I missing, Eastbound on the CZ from Glenwood Springs?

    On one memorable trip EB, the conductor told us at Glenwood that boaters, as the track ran along the Colorado River east of town, were all excited to see the Zephyr approach. He told us the boaters would even give us a “special salute” as the train ran alongside the water. That day, several of...
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    California Zephyr Denver stop

    Most often the CONO will back into CUS but last time it was late enough that it pulled in head end first. Sleepers were on the rear so that was a lonnnnng walk. Sent from my iPhone using Amtrak Forum