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As posted wlsewhere it may be lack of the required replacemets of some of the V-2 baggage cars. The andatory 5 year brake overhaul may e a choke point. Maybe lack of spare parts.
 

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Was just on the advisories site. Any mention of the Capitol Limited and Southwest Chief baggage has been removed from the advisory as of today. It now just reads that checked baggage is suspended on the Carolinian and Pennsylvanian. Unsure of what this means or if they posted something in error (either the original posting or this updated posting)...worth continuing to watch for sure.

If that is still true, that means the 2 Superliner trains will not have this problem. Maybe somebody forgot there is such as thing as 31xxx Superliner coaches with a secure baggage room when they originally wrote it and only looked at where VL-II baggage car lines were being withdrawn.

Of course Amtrak Express remains "temporarily" suspended since Sep 15, 2020 to prepare for tri-weekly operation.
 

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It appears the checked baggage suspension notice was in error. There is no alert posted anymore for the CL or the SW Chief. Not sure about the two single-level trains out of NYP, though.
 

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It appears the checked baggage suspension notice was in error. There is no alert posted anymore for the CL or the SW Chief. Not sure about the two single-level trains out of NYP, though.
I am not sure what went on but my understanding is that Amtrak reconsidered the suspension of baggage on the CL and Southwest Chief and suspended baggage on some other trains instead. However, maybe it was an error and was never intended to apply to the CL and the Chief. Amtrak is often short on explanations.
 

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We traveled on 448/449 over the past two weeks. These trains do not have checked baggage service, but our car attendant placed our larger bags in #10 and if the H room is not in use, it has been used for bag storage as well. Coach passengers on Superliners have an option to store larger bags downstairs, but unless you are leaving from end points (Chicago, LA, etc) there may be limited space boarding intransit.
Those bag coaches have a lot of room but unless you are lucky enough to board at a station offering checked luggage (Cleveland for us), that may not work either. All those nice bag cars that came out a few years ago need maintenance and unfortunately the labor shortages are becoming a serious problem for Amtrak.
 

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We traveled on 448/449 over the past two weeks. These trains do not have checked baggage service, but our car attendant placed our larger bags in #10 and if the H room is not in use, it has been used for bag storage as well. Coach passengers on Superliners have an option to store larger bags downstairs, but unless you are leaving from end points (Chicago, LA, etc) there may be limited space boarding intransit.
Those bag coaches have a lot of room but unless you are lucky enough to board at a station offering checked luggage (Cleveland for us), that may not work either. All those nice bag cars that came out a few years ago need maintenance and unfortunately the labor shortages are becoming a serious problem for Amtrak.
Thanks for the update.

Just to make it clear the discontinuance of checked baggage service on the Boston section of the Lake Shore, trains 448 and 449, took place around 2017 or 2018 and is not related to the pandemic. 448 and 449 used to have one of the brand new baggage cars until the discontinuance.
 
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Hi. I will be travelling on The Cardinal out of NYC Penn in February. Please can anyone confirm that I can drop off Checked Baggage the evening before please around 19:00. Thanks.
 

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Hi. I will be travelling on The Cardinal out of NYC Penn in February. Please can anyone confirm that I can drop off Checked Baggage the evening before please around 19:00. Thanks.
I'm pretty sure you can check baggage 24 hrs in advance of train departure. I've done it 12 hours before train. Worse case scenario would be paying for overnight storage which might still be better than schlepping them to Penn St at 6 AM
 
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