Can Alexa check AMTRAK schedules?

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DennisInGeorgia

Train Attendant
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Oct 28, 2008
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When I unboxed my Amazon Echo, within the first 15 minutes I was asking her for the expected arrival of 20 into Atlanta. She was “not sure”. Then I saw the Train Status skill and tried using that. She still was “not sure”.
It turns out that I can check LIRR, BART, NY subway, Metro and other commuter lines, but alas no AMTRAK status.
Has anyone found a way to get Amtrak info from Alexa? It’s kinda odd...
 

mlanoue

Train Attendant
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Oct 30, 2003
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I've tried it a couple of times, but got a similar response as you did. No matter how carefully I worded it, she still had no idea what I was talking about, unfortunately. Had fun trying, though.
 

TiBike

OBS Chief
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Apr 18, 2015
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For fun, I just asked Siri "Is Amtrak train number 14 on time today?". It listed half a dozen web links, including Amtrak's status page and Dixieland's Coast Starlight page. But I had to do the clicking.
 

bratkinson

OBS Chief
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Aug 7, 2004
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For fun, I just asked Siri "Is Amtrak train number 14 on time today?". It listed half a dozen web links, including Amtrak's status page and Dixieland's Coast Starlight page. But I had to do the clicking.
50 years ago, give or take, Ma Bell was advertising "let your fingers do the walking..." with their Yellow Pages business directory. I think they still use that slogan for the yellow things I immediately put into recycling when I get them.

It just goes to show the old adage is true: "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
 

PerRock

Conductor
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Sep 16, 2006
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Out if curiosity I asked my Google Home "Is Amtrak train number 14 on time today?" and was told that she can't help with that yet.

peter
 
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