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Old 02-13-2013, 10:59 AM   #721
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They should still be getting you to your original destination by bus. Call Amtrak and they'll tell you what you need to know.

When i was shopping for my Miami trip a few weeks ago, I could book all the way through to Miami, but the schedule said I'd be on a bus from JAX-MIA. No thanks (especially if it includes the TPA leg instead of going straight down I95, yikes).

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It seemed like all the buses were booked but everything is all set now, I just let myself get too anxious instead of relaxing, I have a habit of overreacting THEN checking my options :/ but they had seats open on a bus today so I grabbed them
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:01 PM   #722
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Oh no I don't blame amtrak, all their thruway buses were sold out but I checked the website today and there were two seats open on a thruway bus to Kissimmee so I called amtrak and grabbed them! Woohoo
Nicole, SO happy you got the seats but I think I either worded or you misinterpreted my post. What I meant is that this IS Amtrak's fault and they should get you to your original destination, either by train or bus.
I cetainly would have blamed Amtrak and would make sure they either compensate me for a taxi or get me on a bus if the tracks were out of service.

Glad you got your seats!!
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:12 PM   #723
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Nicole, SO happy you got the seats but I think I either worded or you misinterpreted my post. What I meant is that this IS Amtrak's fault and they should get you to your original destination, either by train or bus.
I cetainly would have blamed Amtrak and would make sure they either compensate me for a taxi or get me on a bus if the tracks were out of service.

Glad you got your seats!!
I know I'd be upset but Amtrak doesn't own the rails, so if you booked way early and CSX or whoever is repairing rails decides to close a section.... Amtrak is not at fault.... interesting scenario, we've had it happen mid trip due to heavy rain and it took Amtrak a day to come up with motor coaches to get us around the problem to continue to our destination.... Not fun, I'm not a cramped motor coach person seeing I booked a train trip and not a bus trip....

Good luck with your trip and do report back when it's over!
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:36 PM   #724
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Nicole, SO happy you got the seats but I think I either worded or you misinterpreted my post. What I meant is that this IS Amtrak's fault and they should get you to your original destination, either by train or bus.
I cetainly would have blamed Amtrak and would make sure they either compensate me for a taxi or get me on a bus if the tracks were out of service.

Glad you got your seats!!
Yeah, you're right they should of made sure to have enough buses for everyone on that train, it's such an inconvenience especially since Jacksonville is TWO+ hours away. The first woman I spoke to was pretty rude too, I asked if this track work was subject to change and she said "well yeah everything is subject to change" with a smirk in her voice. Jeez ~! The woman I called today who got me on the bus was VERY nice. My brain has just been mush since they called me, even though I have 30 days to go I was going crazy trying to figure out how I was going to get to my hotel and I shouldn't of even had to worry about that, they should have!
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:08 PM   #725
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It's still a long, long, long time away, but just booked our train tickets down for next January!
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:41 PM   #726
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Anyone have luck upgrading to a room while on the train for less? I am doing the regular amtrak next month.
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Anyone have luck upgrading to a room while on the train for less? I am doing the regular amtrak next month.
We do it most of the time.... Second leg of trip going down, DC to Kissimmee and sometimes coming home Kissimmee to DC.... After train starts rolling, may take a few stops and conductor gets his papers right... We ask, usually 50% or better than pre-booking but sometimes there's nothing left..ya just take a chance! We won't pre book a roomette.... Too expensive and I can sleep in coach for one night!
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Old 02-24-2013, 11:05 AM   #728
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less than 12 weeks til my next trip to see the mouse

You can be sure I will post loads of lovely train pics! It takes us over 28hrs of travel but we enjoy the train!!
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less than 12 weeks til my next trip to see the mouse

You can be sure I will post loads of lovely train pics! It takes us over 28hrs of travel but we enjoy the train!!
We're looking for around the 18th of May for a visit..... Sorry to say, our last 3 visits to WDW have been via the car.....

The layover in DC really pushes my buttons,6-8 hours in station makes our train trip 36 hours but not all on the train.....

We can drive in 18 hours, arrive early in the am to get a whole day in on arrival day, 1/2 price over the train.... But still enjoy train travel...

Enjoy your trip...!
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less than 12 weeks til my next trip to see the mouse

You can be sure I will post loads of lovely train pics! It takes us over 28hrs of travel but we enjoy the train!!
Enjoy! I'm less than 12 weeks too!
I'll be on the train from Newark, NJ to Orlando on March 21 in a roomette all by myself and I sooo look forward to the alone time I'll be meeting my ds and dh and my ds's baseball team for Disney's Spring Training.
I'll be taking the plane back but look forward to my own little train time
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Enjoy! I'm less than 12 weeks too!
I'll be on the train from Newark, NJ to Orlando on March 21 in a roomette all by myself and I sooo look forward to the alone time I'll be meeting my ds and dh and my ds's baseball team for Disney's Spring Training.
I'll be taking the plane back but look forward to my own little train time
I will also be on the train on May 21st!!Leave Albany NY at the crack, then leave Penn around 11ish.I will have to see the route-maybe we will be picking you up on the way by!
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I do believe we will be on the same train
what a small world here on the dis! we are in a family bedroom! I will try to email you the week before and get your name so I can say hi!
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I do believe we will be on the same train
what a small world here on the dis! we are in a family bedroom! I will try to email you the week before and get your name so I can say hi!
There are no family bedrooms on the Newark to Florida route. The cars that have family bedrooms are too big for the Hudson River tunnel.

Unless things have changed in the last 3 months.
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There are no family bedrooms on the Newark to Florida route. The cars that have family bedrooms are too big for the Hudson River tunnel.

Unless things have changed in the last 3 months.
not sure but I will be on the silver star from Penn to Orlando,and I will be in a bedroom.It looked like this train stopped in Newark but maybe not.When I ran a search on amtrak it showed bedrooms from newark to Orlando
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not sure but I will be on the silver star from Penn to Orlando,and I will be in a bedroom.It looked like this train stopped in Newark but maybe not.When I ran a search on amtrak it showed bedrooms from newark to Orlando
A regular bedroom, yes. But the family bedrooms are just on "Superliner" trains. They don't operate into NY, DC or Boston.

Yes that train stops in Newark.
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