Craziest Drama on Amtrak you've seen?

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I would walk back to the rail fan window, and a customer in coach would yell at me every time I passed by. (I was in a roomette)
No... the customer who is yelling at you needs to be kicked off the train. What rationale is there for him to be abusive to you? You should have gone to the conductor. You have every right to look out the rear window of the train. C'mon... get with it and stick up for your rights! Amtrak needs to 'get it on' when it comes for passenger protection of basic rights!
@20th Century Rider, are you sure about that? Coach passenger's are restricted from entering sleeping cars, I know; but are sleeper passenger's allowed to walk thru coaches? I am not sure if there are, or are not, rules regarding that....🤔🤷‍♂️

I would agree that the complainer was out of line in being abusive...if he was disturbed, he should have complained to crew...
 

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@20th Century Rider, are you sure about that? Coach passenger's are restricted from entering sleeping cars, I know; but are sleeper passenger's allowed to walk thru coaches? I am not sure if there are, or are not, rules regarding that....🤔🤷‍♂️

I would agree that the complainer was out of line in being abusive...if he was disturbed, he should have complained to crew...
No signs on the door from the sightseer lounge to the coach that says that sleeper passengers are forbidden. When I'm in the SSL I will sometimes use the coach restrooms, and nobody has ever said any thing. I've gone back to the railfan window and taken pictures with no comments from anybody.

On the other hand, at the front end of the dining car, there is a sign on the door that says sleeper passengers only.
 

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@20th Century Rider, are you sure about that? Coach passenger's are restricted from entering sleeping cars, I know; but are sleeper passenger's allowed to walk thru coaches? I am not sure if there are, or are not, rules regarding that....🤔🤷‍♂️

I would agree that the complainer was out of line in being abusive...if he was disturbed, he should have complained to crew...
On several LD trains, the sleeping car passengers must walk through the coaches to get the the SSL and dining cars... but never in thousands of miles traveling on Amtrak have I ever heard of restrictions to passage through or visitation with passengers in the the coach cars.

Coach car passengers can visit the sleepers if invited by a sleeping car passenger... including families that are split between sleepers and coach.

I have frequently visited with coach passengers that I have met in the SSL and dining car and there were never any restrictions.

Finally, the view out the window of the last car has been a special place that was shared by everyone traveling, especially those wanting to get a pic or film of the scenery.

When the train is completely full, it has always been an unwritten but assumed rule, that all passengers extend appropriate courtesies to each other... and most of the time this works out well.

Conductors do sometimes have their own set of rules which can be quite 'quirky' but all in all, there's always been kind of an 'ebb and flow' of travel courtesies that tend to be logical, intuitive, and falling into place. 😇 ;):)
 

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"Coach car passengers can visit the sleepers if invited by a sleeping car passenger... including families that are split between sleepers and coach."
False.

You can ask the conductor if a coach pax can visit, but they do not have to give permission.
 

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"Coach car passengers can visit the sleepers if invited by a sleeping car passenger... including families that are split between sleepers and coach."
False.

You can ask the conductor if a coach pax can visit, but they do not have to give permission.
Is there a specific reason why this is? Would think that would be good marketing.
 
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Perhaps I got some of it wrong...
I believe sleeper passenger's may walk thru the coaches, but they are not permitted to occupy a vacant seat in them, during the day. Again, not sure if this is the 'official' policy, or not. I forgot where I read that...probably in some old thread here in AU....
 

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Perhaps I got some of it wrong...
I believe sleeper passenger's may walk thru the coaches, but they are not permitted to occupy a vacant seat in them, during the day. Again, not sure if this is the 'official' policy, or not. I forgot where I read that...probably in some old thread here in AU....
That's my understanding, too.
 

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One time on a return trip to Spokane from Portland, I was riding coach and went downstairs to use the bathroom. The conductor and car attendant were by the bathroom door. The conductor quietly asked me to go to the next car to use the bathroom. Seems a stowaway had sneaked onto the train at Vancouver and locked himself in the bathroom, and the conductor didn't want to spook him. The train crew had alerted authorities and there was a group of Klickitat County's finest waiting for him at the Bingen-White Salmon station. His free trip from Vancouver to Bingen-White Salmon resulted in another free trip, this one from the Bingen-White Salmon station to the Gray Bar Hotel in White Salmon.
He got another free ride, this one from the Gray Bar Hotel in White Salmon, to the courthouse. Then, he got to spend a bit longer in the county bed and breakfast.
 

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I would walk back to the rail fan window, and a customer in coach would yell at me every time I passed by. (I was in a roomette)
This was on the southwest chief, where the rail fan window was in coach. He was just being verbally abusive to me and a family member every time I walked by. He left after Kansas City. I did not want to make a big deal about it.
How did it start? What was he shouting? Why did you keep going back? Why not get the conductor?

I guess they could have gotten a free ride, along with free silver bracelets to the grey bar hotel by breaking the law.
He got another free ride, this one from the Gray Bar Hotel in White Salmon, to the courthouse. Then, he got to spend a bit longer in the county bed and breakfast.
Is there a missing punchline somewhere?
 
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Service animal stories are always more interesting on airplanes, but I've seen one relieve itself (#2) in the VIA lounge in Montreal. The owner left almost immediately to board her train, leaving the deposit and a debate over who was responsible for cleaning it up. Meanwhile the odor became sufficient for several of us to line up at the boarding gate a little ahead of arrival time, without seeing how it was resolved.
I’ve seen service dogs, many times on cruises. They were all so very well behaved. I did read one time, that a lady brought her little service lap dog into the main dining room. She proceeded to let that little mutt eat out of her plate. So glad I wasn’t there to witness that.
 

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I stopped wearing my Amtrak hat last year when riding. I used to always wear my hat when riding the rails. No particular reason for wearing it, just something I’ve always done

I had to walk through a few cars to get to the cafe car. Unknown to me, earlier the conductor and a passenger had a pissing contest so to say. When I walked past a ratchet hood rat, she lights into me with verbal abuse. She thought I was walking through the car to check on her behavior issues.

I’m like beotch, I don’t even work for Amtrak.

All I wanted was a cup of coffee. Lol. Conductor gave me a fist pump for keeping my composure. Cafe attendant said this ones on the house.
 

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Back in late December of 1977 after seeing the movie Silver Streak, I and 3 of my friends decided to take an Amtrak rail adventure using the rail passes Amtrak offered then. If I remember correctly, they were 14 day passes and cost $300. If you got on a train on your 14th day and the trip was 2 days-- you could squeeze 16 days total. The real trick was making all the individual reservations in advance before you got on the train because a pass is just the payment for the ticket (reservation). I took care of all the pass buying on my credit card and making the reservations was easy. The trick was making them at 2:15am right after the previous days cancellations were posted. We were all young then (late 20's) and Amtrak was pretty new and regulations weren't strictly enforced. On our 1st leg, Southwest Chief from Chicago to LA, I was skinny enough to climb up into the coach's' baggage rack and sleep laying down. Even though the conductor saw me, he never said anything.

Now I know that this part isn't any crazy drama, but it is about to begin. Every part of our Amtrak trip was just as I hoped it would be. After staying in LA 4 days, we went to San Francisco for 5 days. Then to Reno for 24 hours where one of us (not me) won $6,665 playing 5 quarters on the MGM Grand slot machine and lining up 5 jackpots in a row. He decided to take his money and fly home but before he left us, I asked him if I could have his ticket home to Chicago and his rail pass. Which he gladly gave me.

Myself and my other two friends had blown all our money (about $200 each) on gambling and were almost broke. To get some sleep-- we went to the movie theater overnight (24 hour movies) and just slept in our seats waiting for the next Amtrak train. This was New Years' eve as we got on the Zephyr to Chicago and as the train proceeded east, it got colder and colder and colder until the outside temperature was something like 20 or 25 below zero. Back then in 1977, all the cars had steam heat and eventually all the steam lines froze and the heat went completely out in one car after another. In any of those cars without heat, you could easily see your breath. My guess is that is was ZERO inside.

As the heat went out in a coach, you could tell when that happened because suddenly there would be 50 or more people streaming through our car looking for vacant seats in a warm car. NOW--- I had 2 seats and 2 rail passes which were bought by me. I had my "punched tickets" in the 2 ticket clips above my seats so it did seem to be 2 people. A lot of people asked me if the empty seat next to me was taken and I said yes it was. But eventually after 300 people came through our coach with everyone asking about my seat---- other people in our coach saw this and told the Conductor. So he came to confront me. He asked who was sitting next to me and I told him that I was and showed him my tickets. He immediately and angrily told me "You need rail passes for these" I gave him my rail passes and he said he never heard of anyone buying two tickets. I just had to smart off to him by saying "You probably don't have as much experience at train riding as I do"

Well-- he was as mad as a wet hornet and took my passes to where he could radio ahead to confirm the passes were real. He returned, gave me my passes back and left. In about a half hour the heat went out in our coach. Boy---was it COLD. I endured that cold as long as I could-- about 2 hours or so. I eventually started walking back towards the rear end of the train and suddenly discovered in the sleeping car an empty room and it was warm. So I sat down there. In 15 minutes, the Conductor showed up--- and there I was---sitting in HIS seat. Oh, man--- did I get kicked out fast!!! So I went back to my 2 cold (BITTERLY COLD) seats and told my 2 friends of my adventure. They laughed. After some more time went by, I decided to try again. This time I walked back and checked both sleepers--- not just the first one where the Conductor hung out.

To my complete surprise, There were 5 --YES FIVE--TOTALLY empty coaches after the last sleeper. And every one of them was toasty warm. I explored all 5 coaches and then went to sit in the most forward seat of the 1st of the 5 coaches and just warm up. After about a half hour I went back to my original 2 seats and convinced my 2 friends to join me in the warm coaches. We sat there until it was just getting dark and suddenly ---- here was the Conductor. He was mad again and scared the heck out of my 2 friends who ran away as fast as they could. But I decided to argue with the Conductor. Basically, I said why was he hauling these 5 warm EMPTY coaches when everyone is freezing in the rest of the train. By the way-- the sleepers were warm and I don't know why that was.

The conductor changed his tone when I told him "If you make me go back to my seats, I'm going to tell EVERYONE on this train that you are pulling these 5 warm coaches. What do you think will happen THEN"? ---- So he said "ok--- sit here if you want but just remember that I told you that you can't be in these cars" That was good enough for me and since it was dark, I just sat down and went to sleep.

It was just beginning to get light and I woke up with a start. The train was stopped and quiet except for a loud CLANK--CLANK--CLANK! This happened a few times. I stood up and was still a little dizzy from waking out of a DEEP SLEEP. I stepped on the treadle and the door slid open. The big curtain that goes from car to car was taken down and there was a man pounding on the decoupling lever with a big hammer. He was SHOCKED to see me and I asked what he was doing. He replied "Are there any other people on these coaches"? and I said no. He asked again if I was SURE. --- Yes--I was sure. Then he wanted to know why I was on it and I told him. What was happening at that moment was that the 5 coaches were being uncoupled in Ogden Utah and the temperature was somewhere about 20 below zero.

That was sure close! I began walking forward through the cars and when I got to the second sleeper, the train began to move. I could feel the cars stretching out---boomp--- boomp---boomp-------- AS I entered the dining car, there was the Conductor who said exactly this to me--- "I see your still with us, Mr Behling" I walked right up to him and looked at his name tag and replied "Yes Mr (what ever his name was) I AM STILL HERE and you will be hearing from me again" Then-- as I was walking through the Club Car there was a lady conductor who said the SAME thing to me. The very same thing. I answered her the same way. I got back to my 2 seats--- both still there--- told my buddies what happened. They laughed at me but I sat down and began a rough draft of my letter to Amtrak explaining how I almost got left in the Ogden rail yard in 20 below Zero with 2 Amtrak employees knowing full well.

When we arrived at Denver Station, I went in and asked if I could buy that bedroom that the conductor was using. They looked it up and said yes. The bedroom cost me exactly $55. and I reborded the train and showed the conductor my ticket for HIS BEDROOM. After arriving home, I wrote a 4 page letter to Amtrak in Washington DC and they gave me a refund of 1/2 of my rail pass -- not both rail passes. I didn't want to push it too far.

So THAT is the craziest thing I ever saw on Amtrak. Not as good as the adventure on Silver Streak--- but it was close!
 

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Back in late December of 1977 after seeing the movie Silver Streak, I and 3 of my friends decided to take an Amtrak rail adventure using the rail passes Amtrak offered then. If I remember correctly, they were 14 day passes and cost $300. If you got on a train on your 14th day and the trip was 2 days-- you could squeeze 16 days total. The real trick was making all the individual reservations in advance before you got on the train because a pass is just the payment for the ticket (reservation). I took care of all the pass buying on my credit card and making the reservations was easy. The trick was making them at 2:15am right after the previous days cancellations were posted. We were all young then (late 20's) and Amtrak was pretty new and regulations weren't strictly enforced. On our 1st leg, Southwest Chief from Chicago to LA, I was skinny enough to climb up into the coach's' baggage rack and sleep laying down. Even though the conductor saw me, he never said anything.

Now I know that this part isn't any crazy drama, but it is about to begin. Every part of our Amtrak trip was just as I hoped it would be. After staying in LA 4 days, we went to San Francisco for 5 days. Then to Reno for 24 hours where one of us (not me) won $6,665 playing 5 quarters on the MGM Grand slot machine and lining up 5 jackpots in a row. He decided to take his money and fly home but before he left us, I asked him if I could have his ticket home to Chicago and his rail pass. Which he gladly gave me.

Myself and my other two friends had blown all our money (about $200 each) on gambling and were almost broke. To get some sleep-- we went to the movie theater overnight (24 hour movies) and just slept in our seats waiting for the next Amtrak train. This was New Years' eve as we got on the Zephyr to Chicago and as the train proceeded east, it got colder and colder and colder until the outside temperature was something like 20 or 25 below zero. Back then in 1977, all the cars had steam heat and eventually all the steam lines froze and the heat went completely out in one car after another. In any of those cars without heat, you could easily see your breath. My guess is that is was ZERO inside.

As the heat went out in a coach, you could tell when that happened because suddenly there would be 50 or more people streaming through our car looking for vacant seats in a warm car. NOW--- I had 2 seats and 2 rail passes which were bought by me. I had my "punched tickets" in the 2 ticket clips above my seats so it did seem to be 2 people. A lot of people asked me if the empty seat next to me was taken and I said yes it was. But eventually after 300 people came through our coach with everyone asking about my seat---- other people in our coach saw this and told the Conductor. So he came to confront me. He asked who was sitting next to me and I told him that I was and showed him my tickets. He immediately and angrily told me "You need rail passes for these" I gave him my rail passes and he said he never heard of anyone buying two tickets. I just had to smart off to him by saying "You probably don't have as much experience at train riding as I do"

Well-- he was as mad as a wet hornet and took my passes to where he could radio ahead to confirm the passes were real. He returned, gave me my passes back and left. In about a half hour the heat went out in our coach. Boy---was it COLD. I endured that cold as long as I could-- about 2 hours or so. I eventually started walking back towards the rear end of the train and suddenly discovered in the sleeping car an empty room and it was warm. So I sat down there. In 15 minutes, the Conductor showed up--- and there I was---sitting in HIS seat. Oh, man--- did I get kicked out fast!!! So I went back to my 2 cold (BITTERLY COLD) seats and told my 2 friends of my adventure. They laughed. After some more time went by, I decided to try again. This time I walked back and checked both sleepers--- not just the first one where the Conductor hung out.

To my complete surprise, There were 5 --YES FIVE--TOTALLY empty coaches after the last sleeper. And every one of them was toasty warm. I explored all 5 coaches and then went to sit in the most forward seat of the 1st of the 5 coaches and just warm up. After about a half hour I went back to my original 2 seats and convinced my 2 friends to join me in the warm coaches. We sat there until it was just getting dark and suddenly ---- here was the Conductor. He was mad again and scared the heck out of my 2 friends who ran away as fast as they could. But I decided to argue with the Conductor. Basically, I said why was he hauling these 5 warm EMPTY coaches when everyone is freezing in the rest of the train. By the way-- the sleepers were warm and I don't know why that was.

The conductor changed his tone when I told him "If you make me go back to my seats, I'm going to tell EVERYONE on this train that you are pulling these 5 warm coaches. What do you think will happen THEN"? ---- So he said "ok--- sit here if you want but just remember that I told you that you can't be in these cars" That was good enough for me and since it was dark, I just sat down and went to sleep.

It was just beginning to get light and I woke up with a start. The train was stopped and quiet except for a loud CLANK--CLANK--CLANK! This happened a few times. I stood up and was still a little dizzy from waking out of a DEEP SLEEP. I stepped on the treadle and the door slid open. The big curtain that goes from car to car was taken down and there was a man pounding on the decoupling lever with a big hammer. He was SHOCKED to see me and I asked what he was doing. He replied "Are there any other people on these coaches"? and I said no. He asked again if I was SURE. --- Yes--I was sure. Then he wanted to know why I was on it and I told him. What was happening at that moment was that the 5 coaches were being uncoupled in Ogden Utah and the temperature was somewhere about 20 below zero.

That was sure close! I began walking forward through the cars and when I got to the second sleeper, the train began to move. I could feel the cars stretching out---boomp--- boomp---boomp-------- AS I entered the dining car, there was the Conductor who said exactly this to me--- "I see your still with us, Mr Behling" I walked right up to him and looked at his name tag and replied "Yes Mr (what ever his name was) I AM STILL HERE and you will be hearing from me again" Then-- as I was walking through the Club Car there was a lady conductor who said the SAME thing to me. The very same thing. I answered her the same way. I got back to my 2 seats--- both still there--- told my buddies what happened. They laughed at me but I sat down and began a rough draft of my letter to Amtrak explaining how I almost got left in the Ogden rail yard in 20 below Zero with 2 Amtrak employees knowing full well.

When we arrived at Denver Station, I went in and asked if I could buy that bedroom that the conductor was using. They looked it up and said yes. The bedroom cost me exactly $55. and I reborded the train and showed the conductor my ticket for HIS BEDROOM. After arriving home, I wrote a 4 page letter to Amtrak in Washington DC and they gave me a refund of 1/2 of my rail pass -- not both rail passes. I didn't want to push it too far.

So THAT is the craziest thing I ever saw on Amtrak. Not as good as the adventure on Silver Streak--- but it was close!
Wow, what a great story with a wonderful ending, made me chuckle.
 

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It does! [Except when eating and enjoying that angus burger - oh please, please, please, Amtrak, bring back that angus burger. I'll agree to listen to all the rants, grunts, and groans of the dragons carefully guarding the food rations if you'll just give me back that angus burger!
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Back in late December of 1977 after seeing the movie Silver Streak, I and 3 of my friends decided to take an Amtrak rail adventure using the rail passes Amtrak offered then. If I remember correctly, they were 14 day passes and cost $300. If you got on a train on your 14th day and the trip was 2 days-- you could squeeze 16 days total. The real trick was making all the individual reservations in advance before you got on the train because a pass is just the payment for the ticket (reservation). I took care of all the pass buying on my credit card and making the reservations was easy. The trick was making them at 2:15am right after the previous days cancellations were posted. We were all young then (late 20's) and Amtrak was pretty new and regulations weren't strictly enforced. On our 1st leg, Southwest Chief from Chicago to LA, I was skinny enough to climb up into the coach's' baggage rack and sleep laying down. Even though the conductor saw me, he never said anything.

Now I know that this part isn't any crazy drama, but it is about to begin. Every part of our Amtrak trip was just as I hoped it would be. After staying in LA 4 days, we went to San Francisco for 5 days. Then to Reno for 24 hours where one of us (not me) won $6,665 playing 5 quarters on the MGM Grand slot machine and lining up 5 jackpots in a row. He decided to take his money and fly home but before he left us, I asked him if I could have his ticket home to Chicago and his rail pass. Which he gladly gave me.

Myself and my other two friends had blown all our money (about $200 each) on gambling and were almost broke. To get some sleep-- we went to the movie theater overnight (24 hour movies) and just slept in our seats waiting for the next Amtrak train. This was New Years' eve as we got on the Zephyr to Chicago and as the train proceeded east, it got colder and colder and colder until the outside temperature was something like 20 or 25 below zero. Back then in 1977, all the cars had steam heat and eventually all the steam lines froze and the heat went completely out in one car after another. In any of those cars without heat, you could easily see your breath. My guess is that is was ZERO inside.

As the heat went out in a coach, you could tell when that happened because suddenly there would be 50 or more people streaming through our car looking for vacant seats in a warm car. NOW--- I had 2 seats and 2 rail passes which were bought by me. I had my "punched tickets" in the 2 ticket clips above my seats so it did seem to be 2 people. A lot of people asked me if the empty seat next to me was taken and I said yes it was. But eventually after 300 people came through our coach with everyone asking about my seat---- other people in our coach saw this and told the Conductor. So he came to confront me. He asked who was sitting next to me and I told him that I was and showed him my tickets. He immediately and angrily told me "You need rail passes for these" I gave him my rail passes and he said he never heard of anyone buying two tickets. I just had to smart off to him by saying "You probably don't have as much experience at train riding as I do"

Well-- he was as mad as a wet hornet and took my passes to where he could radio ahead to confirm the passes were real. He returned, gave me my passes back and left. In about a half hour the heat went out in our coach. Boy---was it COLD. I endured that cold as long as I could-- about 2 hours or so. I eventually started walking back towards the rear end of the train and suddenly discovered in the sleeping car an empty room and it was warm. So I sat down there. In 15 minutes, the Conductor showed up--- and there I was---sitting in HIS seat. Oh, man--- did I get kicked out fast!!! So I went back to my 2 cold (BITTERLY COLD) seats and told my 2 friends of my adventure. They laughed. After some more time went by, I decided to try again. This time I walked back and checked both sleepers--- not just the first one where the Conductor hung out.

To my complete surprise, There were 5 --YES FIVE--TOTALLY empty coaches after the last sleeper. And every one of them was toasty warm. I explored all 5 coaches and then went to sit in the most forward seat of the 1st of the 5 coaches and just warm up. After about a half hour I went back to my original 2 seats and convinced my 2 friends to join me in the warm coaches. We sat there until it was just getting dark and suddenly ---- here was the Conductor. He was mad again and scared the heck out of my 2 friends who ran away as fast as they could. But I decided to argue with the Conductor. Basically, I said why was he hauling these 5 warm EMPTY coaches when everyone is freezing in the rest of the train. By the way-- the sleepers were warm and I don't know why that was.

The conductor changed his tone when I told him "If you make me go back to my seats, I'm going to tell EVERYONE on this train that you are pulling these 5 warm coaches. What do you think will happen THEN"? ---- So he said "ok--- sit here if you want but just remember that I told you that you can't be in these cars" That was good enough for me and since it was dark, I just sat down and went to sleep.

It was just beginning to get light and I woke up with a start. The train was stopped and quiet except for a loud CLANK--CLANK--CLANK! This happened a few times. I stood up and was still a little dizzy from waking out of a DEEP SLEEP. I stepped on the treadle and the door slid open. The big curtain that goes from car to car was taken down and there was a man pounding on the decoupling lever with a big hammer. He was SHOCKED to see me and I asked what he was doing. He replied "Are there any other people on these coaches"? and I said no. He asked again if I was SURE. --- Yes--I was sure. Then he wanted to know why I was on it and I told him. What was happening at that moment was that the 5 coaches were being uncoupled in Ogden Utah and the temperature was somewhere about 20 below zero.

That was sure close! I began walking forward through the cars and when I got to the second sleeper, the train began to move. I could feel the cars stretching out---boomp--- boomp---boomp-------- AS I entered the dining car, there was the Conductor who said exactly this to me--- "I see your still with us, Mr Behling" I walked right up to him and looked at his name tag and replied "Yes Mr (what ever his name was) I AM STILL HERE and you will be hearing from me again" Then-- as I was walking through the Club Car there was a lady conductor who said the SAME thing to me. The very same thing. I answered her the same way. I got back to my 2 seats--- both still there--- told my buddies what happened. They laughed at me but I sat down and began a rough draft of my letter to Amtrak explaining how I almost got left in the Ogden rail yard in 20 below Zero with 2 Amtrak employees knowing full well.

When we arrived at Denver Station, I went in and asked if I could buy that bedroom that the conductor was using. They looked it up and said yes. The bedroom cost me exactly $55. and I reborded the train and showed the conductor my ticket for HIS BEDROOM. After arriving home, I wrote a 4 page letter to Amtrak in Washington DC and they gave me a refund of 1/2 of my rail pass -- not both rail passes. I didn't want to push it too far.

So THAT is the craziest thing I ever saw on Amtrak. Not as good as the adventure on Silver Streak--- but it was close!

You may think this story makes you seem like a cool guy, but you come off as a spoiled, selfish punk. You should have been thrown off at the first grade crossing.
 

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The file seems too have disappeared but I may find the whole trip report eventually. In the late 1980's I found myself on the Night Owl Boston to BWI due to United Airlines being screwed up by weather. I was in coach as I wasn't sure that my employer would reimburse me. The usual leg-rest Heritage coach was bad-ordered so I was tossed in with the ons and offs in an Amfleet I coach. A whole series of events kept me awake, ranging from a commuter who knew he could ride from Penn Station to Metropark without having a fare collected to a man released too soon from a Massachusetts state hospital.

My spoiled, selfish punk days came before Amtrak so those stories don't fit this thread.
 
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