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  1. velotrain

    Dinner for "late boarding" sleeper passengers?

    I'm getting on the southbound Texas Eagle at 7:55 PM in St. Louis - can I expect dinner or should I get it in town before the train? I realize this isn't particularly late, but gather the time kitchen operations close down depends on the train and how heavily it is booked, so that may not be...
  2. velotrain

    Possible to actually sleep in LSL Boston sleeper?

    Well, since it's been pointed out that the occupation of this car is low anyway, why not just add it in Albany - as was done previously, or send it up with the rest of the train from NYC? Since the actual sleeping period is between Albany and Chicago, the only downside I see is sleeper...
  3. velotrain

    Possible to actually sleep in LSL Boston sleeper?

    Thanks all - if this were a poll I think the yeas would win. Jimi - it was a coach, but I was in the first car from Montreal to Toronto in August and the horn really got to me, plus I found the train-set noisy in general - particularly when starting. OTOH, one ear is nonfunctional so I only...
  4. velotrain

    Possible to actually sleep in LSL Boston sleeper?

    Given the consist that Rasputin reported: The consist west of Albany is: Locomotives Boston sleeper Cafe car Boston coaches New York coaches Dining Car (a/k/a picnic table car) New York sleepers Baggage car I'm wondering if it's actually possible to sleep with the horn blaring all night, even...
  5. velotrain

    Boston to Chicago - how to book it?

    Thanks to both of you - I'd say it's not wanting to hear the horns all night (negating being in a sleeper) more than closeness to the picnic table car.
  6. velotrain

    Boston to Chicago - how to book it?

    I saw a post somewhere by a guy who lived in Springfield, MA, suggesting that it was better to be in coach to Albany and get on a NY sleeper there, because when the NY section joins the diner is at the far end of the train from the Boston sleeper, which he also said was right behind the engine...
  7. velotrain

    My first Vermonter-ferry-Adirondack trip - Long with many photos

    Although the northern areas of the lake are far more dramatic, I've decided I prefer the more "approachable" lower end between Ti and Whitehall. In the southern part of this section the lake becomes quite narrow - almost looking like an extension of the canal, due to aquatic plant growth on...
  8. velotrain

    My first Vermonter-ferry-Adirondack trip - Long with many photos

    Walking down the hill, I passed Union Station - topic of some recent debate here and elsewhere as a possible terminus for the extended Ethan Allen. Info and additional photos of the roof creature here: https://tinyurl.com/y32kpxc7 I returned to the hostel and rested until a quarter before...
  9. velotrain

    My first Vermonter-ferry-Adirondack trip - Long with many photos

    The timing of this trip was somewhat inadvertent, as the ferry schedule only went through September 3 and I didn't realize they considered the next two weeks of September as not part of the Summer. Based on tour reports and other comments I've seen, most folks seem to do this loop clockwise...
  10. velotrain

    An ‘Adirondack’ Labour Day Weekend – 45 years ago

    I believe the high bridge in the third image is at Poughkeepsie and it is now a ped/bike bridge - Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. I liked the vestibules also - they made it easy to dash from side to side, and you could even open the window for a quick shot when no train staff was...
  11. velotrain

    Advice on cross-country trip!

    Says the man who advocates taking the Bakersfield-LA bus and then the Chief to Barstow just to avoid the Bakersfield-Barstow bus and spending two hours there . . . .
  12. velotrain

    Advice on cross-country trip!

    No No doubt the Zephyr also wins the cost per mile contest.
  13. velotrain

    Looking for timing suggestions for May/June 2020 west coast loop

    I will - for all of the two hours I'm there, sounds perfect for a quick dinner ;-) ==>> BTW - due to lack of relevant responses, I'll no longer monitor this thread.
  14. velotrain

    Looking for timing suggestions for May/June 2020 west coast loop

    "My only thoughts are the bus to LA is a much safer connection" How so? Does the Barstow bus ever get cancelled, break down often? Amtrak schedules show it getting into Barstow two hours before the Chief, so it would have to be running veeeeeeeeeery late for that to be an issue. I've spent...
  15. velotrain

    Looking for timing suggestions for May/June 2020 west coast loop

    That's great - But I'm not staying in Bakersfield!
  16. velotrain

    Looking for timing suggestions for May/June 2020 west coast loop

    I've decided on 24 hours in Denver, a night in Sacramento and possibly two, and nights each in Albuquerque and Sante Fe. ==>> Please cease suggesting alternate itineraries for me - or yourselves, as I now have that settled. thank you
  17. velotrain

    Current VIA system map in context?

    This is for next year.
  18. velotrain

    A 'Mixed' VIA Ocean for the Summer

    I forget which day it was - I selected it at random to compare with corridor fares, as I've found I don't like their seats or speed. BTW - this is all in the future, meaning next year.
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