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The dorms are for the Amtrak train personnel and then baggage is luggage. I'm not sure if it's two story, baggage and bikes down stairs and dorms up stairs or a single level car.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Baggage Cars Coming Soon
Yes, you have it right! Amtrak needs to adapt to new ways. These new cars are a step in the right direction on the long distance trains, but Amtrak needs to realize that bike rides get on and off at more than baggage stops!! My closest station is Dunsmuir CA, which is not a baggage stop, so I won't be able to use the new cars on the Coast Starlight!
The City Night Line train from Munich to Amsterdam has passenger roll on and off cars, Amtrak needs to use that design!!
I live in very northen California and my closest Amtrak station, Dunsmuir, is not a baggage stop. I have to drive to Klamath Falls Or ( 80 miles ) to get a station that is a baggage stop, going south it's Sacramento. I'd love to see Amtrak piat a video of a rider and bike getting on and off the train!!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on New Baggage Cars Coming Soon
I'm not sure, about hoe the bikes will get on the train. I wish they had done a little video of a passenger with bike getting on the train. It seems that the bikes will be handed over to a Amtrak employee, who will the load the bikes. Then at your destination the Amtrak employe will unload the bike and the passenger will retrieve it from the baggage area. Cumbersome!!! It would be best if the bike rider could stow the bike and then retrieve it before the train stops. On the City Night Line from Stutgart yo Amsterdam that was the way it was done. The lone employee just made sure the doors were open and the train didn't leave before all the bikers were off.
Yeah that's what I'm disappointed with, cause it means the bike owner releases their bike to the baggage handler. Not a lot of bike owners are going to like that and some won't ! If this is Amtrak's idea, they sure did not listen to bike riders! It's a step forward but not a big one. One the City Night Line from Munich to Amsterdam, the passenger rolls their bike on to the train, then moves to their accommodations. The car attendant does not touch the bikes.
Well it's better than boxes. Maybe.
4 months ago on New Baggage Cars Coming Soon
It's great to see new equipment being built! How about a video showing a rider boarding the train, stowing her bike and walking to her accomadations! Right now my Amtrak station (Dunsmuir, Ca) is not a baggage stop. The Coast Starlight's closest baggage stop is Klamath Falls OR, 85 miles by high way. In California the closest baggage stop is Sacramento 222 miles away. The fast and safe loading and unloading of baggage is crucial at every stop! People just love to travel with baggage!!