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In the event you need help - there are station hosts at some of the stations to send you in the right direction. We can point you in the direction of the station, answer simple questions and all but we are not full Amtrak employees so anything to do with tickets and such - you have to go to customer service or ask one of the Awesome Amtrak employees! ;-)
4 weeks ago on Thanksgiving Travel Made Easy
I didn't know this until our train was rerouted and I started exploring the lower level of the train I was in. Coastal Starlight. Turned out there were 4 bathrooms - 2 regular ones, an ADA one and one big one at the end. It openes up your options!
4 weeks ago on 10 Tips for Sleeping Overnight in Coach
@neroden @PaulaMorelliPiersall - So that's why all the doubles are out here!
1 month, 1 week ago on Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars
@RubyOldsColin - Well Sacramento is in the middle of an upgrade, so by the time you get out here - we should have it all together! ;-)
@ahblid - what's a protect car? It sounds like an extra car of sorts!
I love the west coast runs - we have the Coastal starlight that goes the length of the Pacific, and the Zepher if we want to go back east. Not to mention the Capital Corridor that goes thru the San Francisco area, all the while ALL of the lines out here connect to public transportation. This is the deal breaker for we drivers - we don't have to pay attention for once.
Now if you live on the east coast and are not happy with your current runs, did you consider taking the ACELA, or trying a new route just because? Instead of complaining about what you don't have enjoy what you do or find a new route just because1
3 months ago on Photo of the Week
The San juaquin is a nice ride from what I hear but the layover is LOONG! Luckily there is something to do in sacramento! Old sacramento and Downtown Plaza are close by and won't have you wandering too far from the station!
3 months, 1 week ago on Go Girl! And Take These 5 Accessories with You
@MichaelDavidWasiljov @vernwash2012 Thank you!
3 months, 1 week ago on New, Powerful Locomotive Rolls into Del.
Don't laugh now, what does that red extension do on the top of the new locomotives? It looks like its optional and can be controlled by the engineer!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on New, Powerful Locomotive Rolls into Del.
@Evilkitty @vernwash2012 - Have fun. Its not a cheap ticket, but worth it if you are going to be on a train for more than a solid 24 hours. There will always be good experiences as well as those 'OMG' trips.
Make the most of it, explore the train, and above all go with an adventure in mind.
4 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
OOHHH PRETTY! Only drawback is is that they aren't double deckers. I've been spoiled by the Ca Starlight and the Capital Corridor. I think I would go into shock!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Blogger Bound for Seattle
@HasanPR - check the time you are trying to leave. The long run trains generally are doubles out here, so maybe that applies to your area as well. Example - the zepher comes thru at 10am en route to Chicago, and the Starlight goes to Seattle and blasts thru at midnite when its northbound and 6amish when its going back to Los Angeles. Both are long runs and doubles!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Welcome to the Observation Car!
BRING EARPLUGS! I went from Sacramento to Tacoma and back and it was great BUT on the way back, another passenger was snoring VERY LOUDLY! Needless to say, no one slept until he woke up and went to the observation car. I even saw the guy who was sitting next to him 2 cars down knocked out asleep!
If its just me, I'll do coach, but if I bring the fam - ill find the extra money for the roomette. Either way its a great way to get from A to B without loosing your mind! ( and when you add up flying - it ends up about the same)
5 months ago on The Truth About Sleeping in Coach Overnight
When i roamed thru in search of food ( i was in the LAST car because of my destination which was short of end of the line) it was packed! Everyone was relaxing and you could see the mountain range and how far you actually were up the mountain as the train slipped thru the tunnels in the mountains. It was really nice!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Welcome to the Observation Car!
And where was I - WORKING across town! I didn't think they were going to do anything in Sacramento - TRAIN MUSEUM - HELLO! Oh well, we did see a superliner, and two others sitting next to the train museum ( Amtrak security sitting there too). I think it went off well because the area was closed off still and the event was long over by the time we got there. We did roam around the station platform at Sac (unnerving security) and watched the sun go down before we hiked back to the car. The platform there has been improved so much from 'back in the day'.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on 23 Places to See Chuggington on Train Day
I have yet to ride long distance and get a roomette, but from what I have seen and heard, for the most part it seems ok. I think its the privacy that you can have with a roomette - versus sitting in coach with some over sugared child, someone screeching into their phone, or having to share your personal space for 2 plus days. I have taken the train from Sacramento to San Diego and if you are feeling a bit cramped you can roam the entire train - sit in the observation train, or just look around.
Its not a cheap ride, and yes the plane is quicker, but remember that when you fly - you are stressed until you get back from your trip! The train is slower but everyone may enjoy it more!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
Don't assume that just because someone has a masters that they are going to be considerd before a college graduate with a bachelors. I have both and in some circles, I am now considered 'high risk' because it is the assumption that I am going to leave for greener pastures should the opportunity present itself.
My getting was initally to be more marketable, then it became a challenge to finish it ( not easy - especially online). Now, I don't even put on resumes that I have one because I don't want to be knocked out the job pool.
8 months ago on College grads are now being hired for jobs that were primarily held by high school grads