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    Empire Builder-Wolverine connection no longer permitted?

    I was looking at taking the Empire Builder later this year after the Gathering as that is the only western LD train I have yet to take. Anyway, when looking at PDX/SEA-ARB itineraries, I noticed that Arrow only offers a connection to a Thruway bus arriving at 4:40am (!) to return to ARB. I could...
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    Coach boarding procedure at Chicago Union Station...

    What's the coach boarding procedure like these days at Chicago Union Station for corridor trains (i.e. the Wolverine)? I haven't departed from CHI in coach in a while - had BC or sleeper the last few times I departed there. Unfortunately, BC is sold out on the day/train I want to travel. As I...
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    Michigan to Glenwood Springs, Colorado (and back)...

    I’m finally on my awaited trip to Glenwood Springs, Colorado - was there before and enjoyed the hot springs pool, and the scenery on the California Zephyr from Denver to Glenwood Springs was amazing. The last time, I flew in to Denver from San Diego and took the Zephyr there - this time I’ll be...
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    Possible Amtrak return to Michigan Central Station

    It seems the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority is studying a possible return of Amtrak service to Michigan Central Station. Definitely makes sense in the context of possibly adding Detroit-Toronto services, as operating out of MCS would make this far simpler. It would also make it easier to...
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    Single-level consist on Surfliner...

    From my past experience riding the Surfliner, I recall a single-level Horizon consist was used for one northbound and one southbound train. Does anyone know if they still use this, and if so what train number(s) it operates on?  I ask because last year heading from LA to SD I took the Surfliner...
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    Surfliner baggage size limit...

    I’m taking a trip to San Diego, and I was thinking about taking the Surfliner to LA (used to live in SD and loved taking the Surfliner). Anyway, I saw the carry-on baggage limit is 28x22x11 (slightly smaller than the 28x22x14 limit for other Amtrak). I suspect my bag is a little bit larger than...
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    Canadian peak vs off-peak pricing and Corridor connections...

    I’ve had thoughts of taking the Canadian at some point - perhaps in a loop trip with the Empire Builder with some time in both Seattle and Vancouver, as I haven’t taken the EB either and I’ve wanted to see both cities. Starting/ending in Michigan is almost ideal for doing such a loop (on the...
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    Ann Arbor to Detroit Wolverine day trip - uneventful until the end...

    Today I went on a day trip on the Wolverine from Ann Arbor to Detroit and back to see a Red Wings game. I used to do this all the time in San Diego with the Surfliner for Ducks/Angels games in Anaheim (usually against the Red Wings or Tigers), but the Wolverine’s more limited schedule only...
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    California Zephyr Glenwood Springs-SLC scenery?

    I’ve been on the California Zephyr before - once between Denver and Glenwood Springs on the normal route, and another time between Sacramento and Chicago via the Wyoming detour. This leaves Glenwood Springs to Salt Lake City as the only segment I’ve never taken (I did the Sacramento-Emeryville...
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    CZ Colorado trip in spring/summer - avoiding Wyoming detour...

    I’ve been thinking about taking a trip to Colorado (Glenwood Springs specifically) in spring or summer on the Zephyr - went there before . I’d either take a roomette all the way from Chicago (connecting from the Wolverine) or perhaps just fly to Denver and take the Zephyr from there depending on...
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    LSL return from Gathering

    On my way to NYP, I was surprised to find that my 7 day MetroCard purchased last Thursday afternoon no longer worked. Thought it lasted until the same time a week later - as it stands I had to add value (wish they had a 1 day pass...) I ended up upgrading to a sleeper for the return trip on 49...
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    Capitol Limited+Pennsylvanian (and a bus) to NYP for Gathering

    Its been a while since Ive done a trip log - havent done as many trips as I used to, and my only Amtrak trips this year so far have been a quick weekend trip on the Wolverine to CHI, a couple Surfliner runs while in SoCal, and a little Troy, MI - Ann Arbor run. Wish I could do more, but theres...
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    Capitol Limited-Pennsylvanian connection?

    As I recently got a new job and now know where Ill be living in the late-September timeframe (Im staying in Ann Arbor), Ive begun making plans to attend the Gathering. As such, Ive been looking into train options both to and from New York. Coming home looks to be relatively simple - Ill just...
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    NB CS 2 hr delay at Klamath Falls next week?

    In looking at train availability online, I came across something odd - next week (10/1-7), the northbound Coast Starlight (#14) departs Klamath Falls 2 hours after its arrival, and all times from that point north are delayed by 2 hours. I suspect there must be track work somewhere north of KFS...
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    Coast Starlight-California Zephyr connection/layover in SAC

    I'm planning on taking the southbound Coast Starlight, connecting to the eastbound California Zephyr post-Gathering (which would be doing the Wyoming detour). The connection between the two trains is in the morning - the CS is supposed to arrive at 6:15am, while the CZ doesn't depart until 11 or...
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    Chicago/Grand Rapids trip

    After a long hiatus (slightly over the year), I'm finally on a train again. It's been this long owing to my change of jobs/move back to Michigan, as well as my special diet making it difficult to do long-distance trips. Do miss San Diego (and the Surfliner with its now 12 trips in each direction...
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    Getting back into Amtrak/Pere Marquette questions...

    Hi, I've been away from these forums for a while since I haven't been taking Amtrak for a while - think my last train was a Surfliner back in early 2016. Also, having to be gluten-free basically makes it impossible to enjoy multi-day long distance train rides (to do a sleeper I'd have to pay...
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    More SAN-OSD Surfliner bustitutions 4/20-21

    Hi, I was just browsing the NCTD website for information about the Coaster schedule, and came across an announcement that there would be no rail service south of Oceanside on the weekend of April 20th-21st. From looking at Amtrak availability that weekend, it seems that they are in fact doing...
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    Surfliner schedule change 4/1 - new stops added/trains adding stops

    Just noticed that Amtrak has posted a new schedule for the Surfliners, effective 4/1. Among the highlights: *The #599 "express" train LAX-SAN is no more, replaced with a train making all normal station stops with the same departure time from SAN but scheduled to arrive 15min later. *More...
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    San Francisco and Easter on the Coast Starlight...

    The last few days, I've been on a bit of a little trip to San Francisco and back via Amtrak. I didn't end up doing a trip log for the first part of the trip, as I was a bit exhausted through that part of the journey, so Ill give a bit of a summary before I start the return trip. Anyway, to get...
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