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  1. ET2020

    Car damage from AutoTrain?

    I've traveled via Auto Train 4 times in the last 2 years, with a 2019 Enclave, and have not experienced any issues. However, in 1998 we took our 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan on the Auto Train, and it had a broken tie-rod issue, upon our return to Lorton.
  2. ET2020

    AutoTrain Boarding

    I'd like to know also ?? - It wasn't running January or February of 2021
  3. ET2020

    AutoTrain Boarding

    We wrestled with the same thing this past January, and will now go through it again in a couple weeks. We arrived around 11:45, and parked at the small exterior lot, not checking in through the main window. Then I walked into the terminal to get my boarding confirmation and select our dining...
  4. ET2020

    Autotrain Services Drastically Cut?

    Our 2nd SnowBird trip is coming up, and we were hoping that things would be more back-to-normal than they were in Jan of 2020. I would like to have the Dining Room Experience, and maybe even actually talk to another passenger en-route.... Fingers-Crossed !!
  5. ET2020

    Autotrain Services Drastically Cut?

    For that Wife : Bread & Wine -- just add some cheese, and that's all you need! :)
  6. ET2020

    Autotrain Services Drastically Cut?

    Amtrak HR having trouble "OnBoarding" staff ! Now that's RICH! :)
  7. ET2020

    Auto Train Meals

    Hello - jiml When are you planning to return to Florida via AutoTrain?
  8. ET2020

    Auto Train Meals

    WOW - interesting that the cash price is the same, though. That's a premium of almost 100K Points. Definitely not worth it. I just received an email from Amtrak identifying $9 Coach fares on AutoTrain. I think I would suffer through sleeping in Coach for that deal, if only I had a reason to...
  9. ET2020

    Auto Train Meals

    Curious as to the Points vs Cash structure when looking at next year’s trip. First week of January in a Bedroom is $1365 Southbound. Points are 145,373 !! That’s > 106 Points per Dollar End of January - same trip is still $1365, but only 48,458 Points (35.5 Points per Dollar). Why the huge delta...
  10. ET2020

    Auto Train Meals

    I can validate this. We just completed our first roundtrip in a Bedroom. We requested our meals be delivered to our room. We were able to maintain physical distancing at both stations: we (I) checked in at the desk at 11:30 each time, and requested our dining time and (for the NB) paid for...
  11. ET2020

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    OK - Thanks for that feedback!
  12. ET2020

    Questions on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    Thanks, BLNT - I agree that the pay off is being able to rest (somewhat), and avoid the white-knuckled experience on I-95 ! We drove it in January of 2018, and sure enough, it snowed the morning we left. Roads from VA through NC were horrific. And in SC (we stopped over at Hilton Head), it was...
  13. ET2020

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Hi JimL Nice article -- My wife is definitely glad we're doing the AutoTrain to Orlando instead of flying. Looks like our journey has the train at 45% booked right now, although all the bedrooms are sold out. Do you know - Are they filling all the bedrooms, or does it represent being Sold-Out...
  14. ET2020

    Questions on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    How was the experience, over all ? This Jan trip will be our first time in a Bedroom.
  15. ET2020

    Questions on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    Haven't seen any more recent updates to this topic. We head SouthBound on AutoTrain on 1/2/21, in a Bedroom/Sleeper. Is the Dining Room still closed? Do i need to even bother about reserving a time , or does the SCA bring dinner to your bedroom ??
  16. ET2020

    Auto Train Meals

    Great info. - Thanks! Yeah - I'm guessing ridership is still way down- It's amazing to me that they continue daily operations, and haven't moved to 3 or 4 R/Ts per week. I'm still booked and counting down to January 2021 🤞 Maybe I'll see you onboard one day in the future:)
  17. ET2020

    Auto Train Meals

    My Next AutoTrain curiosity: What is a typical shift for the crew? Do some stay on duty for an entire 24 hr. run, and alternate days off in Lorton & Sanford? Do most live midway, and swap out at that point?? I'd really like to know how they staff it 24/7/365. THANKS!
  18. ET2020

    Auto Train Meals

    Hahaha - Buick not listed in the drop down for makes (so much for "all makes" )😅 I like the doorway technique, only you have to be sure you are perfectly perpendicular within the frame, and my garage door is 18 feet wide, so there's room for some play in the measurement tape. But I may try...
  19. ET2020

    Auto Train Meals

    Thank You ! When's the last time you did that ??
  20. ET2020

    Auto Train Meals

    Anyone take a 2019 Buick Enclave on the AutoTrain? Spec. says it's 78.8 "without" mirrors. :) I tried to measure, and with mirrors fully extended I get 91". With both mirrors retracted I get 81" I read the vehicle allowance to be 84". That's cutting it close --- Can I assume the drivers have...
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