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@GretchenD @Driver20 @SusanHighley @DanielLilly Not familiar with that one. The one we always go to when in Chicago is Ginos East. Usually plan to get to Chicago early enough to go there to eat. They may deliver. I know they will even ship it to you even out of state. My son did this for us a couple years ago for Christmas since we love their pizza.
12 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
@Jedling Don't have a clue. I do not work for the railroad.
@tampacate You were lucky/ I always let them know when I make res that I am handicapped and need help. They are never there for me. In fact in Flagstaff the ticket manager took my bags as far as the fence and left them there. I walked from there to the car and asked the conductor for help. She refused and told me I need to bring someone with me to load my bags. Then told me perhaps I should just go back into the waiting room and get someone there to help me and get the next train which would be in 24 hours. She was so RUDE. Passengers that were boarding helped me. That was my final trip on the train.
1 year, 3 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
havd had an occassion when I had trouble getting my luggage up the stairs and got injured as attendant refused to help me up the steps. I have never had a trip that went smoothly.
The handicapped room is a little better than the others but since I am on fixed income I can no longer afford to travel this way. It makes it hard for me to go anywhere that I cannot drive myself to. Even airlines do not have seats for handicapped travelers and i get cramped into a seat with no room for my injured knee and am in pain the whole way. Bus is the same way and I end up screaming with pain in my legs with cramps.
I replied to a comment from Evilkitty but it has not shown up. Whats happening? Does Amtrak monitor comments and if they don't like them then they don't publish them?
'Well here goes again and will just see if this gets posted.
You were very lucky to have been taken care of by some of the nicer employees. I have not been that lucky. When I make a reservation I always let them know I am handicapped and need help with my luggage. Everytime I depart from Flagstaff there is no help there only 1 employee. Last trip he took my luccage outside and sat it down and I had to go and stand there to watch over it. WHen the train arrived I asked conductor for help. She refused saying that I should bring someone with me to help with my loading and unloading of my liuggage. It is a 3 hour drive to the station and she told me to go back inside and make a reservation for a time someone can come jp to help me. This is a train tha runs only 1 time a day. What did she expect? Did she expect me to hang around the station for 24 hours guarding my luggage until someone could drive 3 hours to help me load? Some passengers ended up helping me. I don't think Amtrak should expect their paying passengers to help when that is what their paid employees are supposed to do.
I reported this condctor to AMTRAK but I even doubt they ever did anything to her.
Comment too long??? Will post more.
I don't know what type of restaurants you are accustomed to eating at but the train food is not up to my standards. I do not like frozen dinners. Last time I traveled I got sick on their food.
1 year, 6 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
Some of the employees are friendly and do their jobs. But others, forget them. I had a female conductor on my last trip who refused to help me with my luggage. I am disabled and unable to lift heavy objects. She tells me to go and rebook on a later train when I can have someone there to help me with my luggage. This was at a station that did not have redcaps and only 1 person working who could only take my luggage outside for me and it was up to me and any of the other passengers to help me. I have this problem every time I travel. I always let them know when I book that I am disabled and need help with my luggage. They never listen to this request at all.
1 year, 7 months ago on Roomette with a View (or Two)
Been there, done that. My suggestion is do not use the bathroom in your cabin as there are baths located nearby. This way your cabin won't smell. It is nice for two if the other person doesn't mine sleeping in top bunk as there is very limited space up there. I tried it once and kept hitting my head.
I think to travel this way is costly. As a person can fly in such a short time for comparable rates. This gives you more time to spend at your destination.
To those who think the food is great, just wondering what you normally eat. I found the food to be adequate and more like frozen and reheated. Now if you want good food travel VIA rail in Canada. This is really great. More like gourmet cooking., Everything is fresh. Unlike Amtrak food. I was grateful that the train made some stops at places where I could actually buy food. Not great, but better than on the train.