- Sep 2, 2017
From what I’ve seen, the Meteor generally starts officially boarding about 15 minutes before departure. When we got down there at about 2:40, all or almost all of the crew was there, All the SCAs were standing in front of their respective cars, the conductor, was just sort of walking up and down the platform looking over the things, and the lounge attendant and diner staff were chilling in their cars. My thinking is that they our SCA was perfectly happy with having two less people to deal with during the main boarding rush.Correct. as mused in this prior thread. How long before departure was the first boarding announcement made (i.e. and when it appeared on the board), if you can tell? It should have been, roughly 10 minutes prior to departure, if they're still doing it the same way as when I was commuting.I don’t think you understand. LD trains arrive at NYP from Sunnyside a solid 30-40 minutes before departure, WELL BEFORE they announce the track ANYWHERE. Dad and I went down to the track and boarded at about 2:40 PM (and the train had clearly already been there for a fair bit, even then). They announced the track in the ClubAcela at about 2:58 PM. So we boarded the train give or take 20 minutes before the other sleeper passengers, and if we were ready earlier, probably could have even done so several minutes before that.
Boarding from the lower level allows you to get on the train basically as soon as it arrives from the yard. They announce the tracks and officially start boarding, much later.
I am, somewhat, amazed they allowed you to board so soon after arrival from Sunnyside. I would have thought it a security concern to allow anyone to board while the train crew (conductors, etc.) are not "on station" at the train.... or were they? I know NJT trains are closed up until the crew is ready to open them for general boarding (which could be 5-10 minutes prior to the initial boarding announcement and track post).
Anyway, glad you had a good trip. Were you in a roomette or bedroom?
And we are in Roomette #2, car 9710 (the closest one to the diner!). We always go Roomette when we’re taking a Viewliner, because you still get plenty of space in both bunks, and a sink and toilet. In fact, in some ways I actually prefer this to a Bedroom, because you get to sleep parallel to the window and direction of travel.