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Old 08-24-2012, 11:35 AM   #586
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One question Hugh. My son Is turning 2 on vacay should I bring his birth certificate just in case? He is a big boy
It would not hurt. But bring a copy not the original, that way if it gets misplaced no biggie. I doubt you will need it though, we brought my DD17 as a 15 yo, no one questioned us.
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Old 09-02-2012, 03:16 PM   #587
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We are leaning more towards driving to va right after hubby gets home from work just to avoid leaving at 5 am the next day possibly hitting rush hour traffic / getting lost ect and god forbid missing the train. We figured it woul allows us to " sleep" in the day of the train trip since we are not sure how much sleep we will get on the train. I'm trying to find a reasonable hotel that won't break the bank since its and added expense but I don't want anything that is not family friendly. Can anyone recommend anything near lorton that would work or that you have used? Travel sites are not really helping since the review are killing the cheaper ones but I don't want to spend $320 just to sleep. We are coming from NYC, and would leave around 8-9pm
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:29 PM   #588
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There is a comfort inn that is on the opposite side of i95 from the station. Not sure on the prices but we stayed there a few years ago. They offered discounted prices for Amtrak travelers.
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:21 PM   #589
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All checked in for today's train from Sanford. Hoping for no delays.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:38 AM   #590
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Just arrived at the Lorton station at 7:30 am
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Just arrived at the Lorton station at 7:30 am
That's great!
How was the tip down???
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That's great!
How was the tip down???
We only took it back.. We drove all the way down. Took till 9:20 to get our car this morning. It was one of the last cars to come off.

Didn't sleep to great. Our train car was almost empty so we were able to spread out and each have two seats.

On the road Now 2 1/2 more hours until we are home
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That's great!
How was the tip down???
We only took it back.. We drove all the way down. Took till 9:20 to get our car this morning. It was one of the last cars to come off.

Didn't sleep to great. Our train car was almost empty so we were able to spread out and each have two seats.

On the road Now 2 1/2 more hours until we are home
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:35 PM   #594
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Cary train station

Saturday was a day off for me so Mom, a friend, and myself decided to take a drive to find the Cary NC train station. I followed Mapquest/google directions which both sid I could get there in 2 hours and 33 minutes. Oh boy were they wrong(and I had checked to know where UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke were playing so i wouldn't get into the traffic. Took oer 3 hours and 15 minutes!!! Glad I went on a trial run.

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Very friendly Amtak employees.
Well marked
Cleanest train station I have ever been in!!
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plenty of parking and well patrolled by local police. In 20 minutes I saw 4 different police officers.
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:58 PM   #595
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We only took it back.. We drove all the way down. Took till 9:20 to get our car this morning. It was one of the last cars to come off.

Didn't sleep to great. Our train car was almost empty so we were able to spread out and each have two seats.

On the road Now 2 1/2 more hours until we are home
We're driving down from PA and taking the train back as well! So excited, can't wait, any tips for 1st timers?
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Thursday September 13th

My daughter and I will be on the Silver Meteor Thursday overnight from Richmond, VA to Kissimmee! Anyone else aboard? I have traveled by train many times, but this is my daughter's very first train trip. We are headed to Disney to celebrate her 9th birthday We are getting excited!

We will be traveling in a roomette (I finally got to use my amtrak points I've been accumulating over the last 15 years!)
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:21 PM   #597
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Thank you for your review.
I'm taking the train myself from Newark, NJ to Orlando in March.
I'm meeting my dh and son and his baseball team at Caribbean Beach Resort.
I'm actually looking forward to the time alone
BUT, can anyone please tell me if I am allowed to bring on liquids such as drinks? Also, I did not get a roomete so I will be sleeping in a regular seat.
I would also like to be in a quite car for the full ride. How do I do this as soon as I get on.
Is Amtrak Silver Star or whatever it's called wireless for internet.
Thanks so much!
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Thank you for your review.
I'm taking the train myself from Newark, NJ to Orlando in March.
I'm meeting my dh and son and his baseball team at Caribbean Beach Resort.
I'm actually looking forward to the time alone
BUT, can anyone please tell me if I am allowed to bring on liquids such as drinks? Also, I did not get a roomete so I will be sleeping in a regular seat.
I would also like to be in a quite car for the full ride. How do I do this as soon as I get on.
Is Amtrak Silver Star or whatever it's called wireless for internet.
Thanks so much!
We use Amtrak a lot and yes, you can take drinks aboard ....we have a small cooler, and we freeze our Minute Maid Lemonade to keep our sandwiches cool almond with our other goodies . We board the train at 3:00am and by the time we're hungry, lemonade is thawed and ready to drink...

We usually do coach the whole way, sleeping is easy in coach, easier than a roomette (roomette are real small, upper and lower berths, upper requires climbing up a narrow space). Just a tip, take a small blanket and maybe your own pillow, gets real chilly on the train at night, sometimes cold during the day (a/c not regulated very well, usually too cold).

As for a quiet car, we catch the train out of DC , there's 2 trains running south and we've never encountered one with a quiet car.... Sure wish every train had one.... Too many babies and noisy children in the regular car and adults ....we're 2 old guests that like the peace and quiet and Amtrak really doesn't do much to calm a noisy car or group... Good luck!

Only wi fi we've seen has been in the DC station, nothing on board during our 2011 trip...
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We use Amtrak a lot and yes, you can take drinks aboard ....we have a small cooler, and we freeze our Minute Maid Lemonade to keep our sandwiches cool almond with our other goodies . We board the train at 3:00am and by the time we're hungry, lemonade is thawed and ready to drink...

We usually do coach the whole way, sleeping is easy in coach, easier than a roomette (roomette are real small, upper and lower berths, upper requires climbing up a narrow space). Just a tip, take a small blanket and maybe your own pillow, gets real chilly on the train at night, sometimes cold during the day (a/c not regulated very well, usually too cold).

As for a quiet car, we catch the train out of DC , there's 2 trains running south and we've never encountered one with a quiet car.... Sure wish every train had one.... Too many babies and noisy children in the regular car and adults ....we're 2 old guests that like the peace and quiet and Amtrak really doesn't do much to calm a noisy car or group... Good luck!

Only wi fi we've seen has been in the DC station, nothing on board during our 2011 trip...
Thank you very much pepe for answering my questions so quickly.
Do they inspect the liquids? I would like to bring on some alcohol and drink it discretly after dinner. I thought I read there was a quite car(s) and wireless, I'll have to double check that. I have a KindleFire so I will download some movies and a book. I'll be taking a plane home so this is just for the ride down.
Thanks so much!
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We have alcohol going home, left over after our Disney trip, some beers and some wine which we transferred to some empty water bottles.... Nothing gets inspected when boarding, I would just be discreet and watch my consumption as not to become unruly or loud.... Other than that, all is good....

One of the reasons we enjoy the train, no security checks, free baggage (50# limit) multiple carry ons, usually an electrical outlet at each pair of seats, able to bring food and beverages aboard, and fairly decent people all around to be helpful..

I bring my Kindle along and a game boy.... Remember that all electronics require headphones so not to disturb others and lights out is usually 10pm, they dim the interior but each seat has an overhead reading light for personal use....

Anything else I can help or answer, fire away.... Alway glad to help train travelers!!
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