Correct. That is the problem I kept running into with mechanized searches. I also worked with Dixieland's status maps expert and we both got blocked or stumped with this effort.Amtrak has made it hard even for those of us who are manually looking for a trip. Here's my experience:
Select a train between two points on a specific date. Select a room. See price. Write it down. Then use the Amtrak "Back" button. Change the date then repeat. Do this about 6 times (as if you are trying to find a date with lowest price). At around the 6th time, the page just freezes and you have to sit and wait a few minutes until it allows you to continue. This is DELIBERATE. To prove it, go into a private window or tab which will have no knowledge of previous attempts and do the same search for the same date as the one that froze. It gives you an instant response.
So would it be possible to remove the information (i.e. cookies) that Amtrak apparently replies on to see that multiple requests have already come from that site? In a Firefox browser, I simply use a different private tab to hide those cookies or I manually clear them. Either way means I have to initiate a new browser connection i.e. put in cities, dates, passenger number and type, etc. when doing so but this can be automated.Correct. That is the problem I kept running into with mechanized searches. I also worked with Dixieland's status maps expert and we both got blocked or stumped with this effort.
To make it clear, they didn't actually block - they just froze the page partially loaded. It cleared up in a few minutes but who is going to wait? I did because I knew to open another private tab and continued doing more searches. By that time, the original tab finished the page load.Ok good feedback. Much more intimidating than I had hoped but am still going to give it a try. I'm amazed they block after 6 attempts or so. I'm not convinced they have their act together enough to worry about the Amsnag user base. It could simply be anti spam protection. All those hits to their server takes a toll. I could see them employing something to stop many hits over a certain period of time.