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  1. PaulM

    Newbie (but a bit disappointed) with questions

    You would know your territory better than I. But I've left our car for almost a month at Illinois stations as well as Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant, IA without any problem.
  2. PaulM

    Atlantic Coast (Silver/Palmetto/Carolinian) Service discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    Will there still be no "legal" connection at DC between the NB Silver Star and WB Capitol Limited?
  3. PaulM

    St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago (TCMC) second daily service

    I rode Horizons on the Illinois Zephyr and Missouri service for many years (until replaced by Ventures). Just about every ride, I purchased a bike ticket. You never knew exactly where bikes would go, but they were always accommodated. This sounds like a case of bicycle derangement syndrome on...
  4. PaulM

    Capitol Limited discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Based on your reply, I've booked the CL and SS. Now if they change their mind by the time of my trip, I won't hold you responsible.:)
  5. PaulM

    Capitol Limited discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    @ IndyLions Could you report back regarding the consist. Specifically, is the lone sleeper in the front or back. Without a baggage car, transition sleeper, and possibly a second engine, between the first engine and sleeping car, the noise is unbearable. Not to mention the diesel fumes without...
  6. PaulM

    Southwest Chief discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    Do transition sleepers have bedrooms? I am pretty sure that except for special cases, the SWC always had 2 regular sleepers and a transition sleeper, which I don't think has bedrooms.
  7. PaulM

    Amtrak Metropolitan Lounges

    absolutely not.
  8. PaulM

    Amtrak Dining and Cafe service 2023 H2

    I agreed with just about everything the author said. But he discussed one subject that I have never seen mentioned in all the AU dining car/food service threads. There has been endless discussion of coach passengers eating in the dining car, but nothing about the practically empty dining car...
  9. PaulM

    California Zephyr discussion

    Being a geography buff, I would be interested in more detail. How does the Rockies and Grand Junction affect Hastings, etc. Did they skip Denver also?
  10. PaulM

    Amtrak - Brightline connections?

    This points out the difference between the thinking of a Chicagon and someone from downstate Illinois. I've left my car at stations all over Illinois and Iowa for weeks at a time with no problems.
  11. PaulM

    Amtrak dining and cafe service

    I took the Silver Star and Lake Shore Limited back from Florida recently (early May 2023). On the SS in our sleeper there was no coffee (yes it was early); and in the other sleeper it was almost empty and cold. On the LSL both NY sleepers had no coffee (I wasn't about to go all the way to the...
  12. PaulM

    Silver Star meal times

    I'm sure this has been asked before; but the search feature can't find it. Does the Silver Star #92 serve supper the second night into NYP (scheduled arrival 7:10PM)?
  13. PaulM

    A refreshing experience

    Of course AGR and the AGR credit cards are different. But the hacker got my AGR card as well. FNBO caught the bogus CC charges and refunded the amounts. In fact, I don't believe i've lost a penny during the whole thing, just a lot of time. But the scary thing was that about 2 weeks after FNBO...
  14. PaulM

    A refreshing experience

    We all have our complaints about Amtrak, but I recently had an almost unbelievable experience. Several of my online accounts had been hacked, but it never occurred to me to check my AGR account. As I was going through my many accounts and changing the password, phone number, and user ID, if...
  15. PaulM

    Booking online on Amtrak website

    "We are unable to process your request. Try again or call 1-800-USA-RAIL for assistance. (Ref.27Q28SQQ)" I've been noticing this error almost word for word on many websites lately. It's what I call the lazy programmer error. I once got this error when I was trying to log on to a bank...
  16. PaulM

    Amtrak long term service cancellations and restorations (2022-2023H1)

    To clarify, the evening Carl Sandburg 382 from Quincy to Chicago and the evening Illinois Zephyr 383 from Chicago to Quincy are still running. I suppose that means 383 will lay over in West Quincy from about 10:30PM until about 5:30PM the next day. And 382 which arrives in Chicago about...
  17. PaulM

    Amtrak long term service cancellations and restorations (2022-2023H1)

    I'm planning a 5 segment trip: Quincy, Galesburg, Denver, Chicago, NY, Tampa departing Nov 19, with 2 nights in the ill-fated 32 car on the California Zephyr. When I received that dreaded robo call from Amtrak, I feared he worst. But it merely notified us that the short QCY-GBB segment would be...
  18. PaulM

    AGR Credit Card change (October 2022)

    Did anyone notice that when you set up an FNBO credit card as a payee on a third party on-line bill pay system, the payment will be sent via snail mail. Most large company payees, such as BoA credit cards, get sent electronically. Snail mail is reserved for mothers-in-law and such.
  19. PaulM

    Booking online on Amtrak website

    I think that the "creaky" part, namely Arrow, gets a bad rap. I think the culprit is the "advanced programming" of the website. When I try to retrieve fares using Firefox, it either spins its wheels and dies, or displays that lazy programmer style error message so popular these days: I don't...
  20. PaulM

    AGR Credit Card change (October 2022)

    Same here except the balance due was several $100's too high. Looking at the transactions, I saw that ones from my wifes BoA AGR card were mixed in with mine. My first thought was to try to set up and log on to my wife's FNBO account to see what hers showed. But I got that new style error...