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Old 05-07-2012, 08:44 PM   #1441
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I don't remember actually 'selecting" upper or lower. I thought they were assigned at the station. I could be wrong as it has been a few years.
Also if the train is crowded and you have 5 people (like us) someone will sit next to a stranger, so I usually get the pleasure..
Yes, you can choose upper or lower.

Perhaps another reason to choose upper is that there is more space and you may not have to sit next to a stranger if more people are choosing the lower level to avoid each other!

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It lets me choose either option when I do a mockbooking online
Yes, you can choose either. At check-in, you may want to also ask if your 5th person is seated next to a stranger or not. If there is room enough on the upper level to be spread out, I would do that instead. It's an awful long trip to be sleeping/sitting next to a stranger. just my 2 cents.

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Woo-Hoo! Talked dh into the AT and AAA! Bought the $49 membership from AAA then saved 10% with Amtrak($34)! Then when when book our room for the drive down to FL I will use AAA again and I will have already gotten our $'s worth out of it!
Booked the AT to go home on 10/28!
Yay!! Definitely check out all the benefits of AAA. At our local outlet, we can get their coupon book for free, some stores offer a 10% discount, etc.

I'm glad you are booking it. I hope you enjoy it. My best advice is to pack lightly, get to the lounge car immediately upon finding your seat (or even send someone to the lounge to hold your spot while the rest go to get the seats), enjoy the movie in the lounge car too. Pay attn to the movie start time when picking your dinner time. Most families and older people eat at the first dinner seating. Bring $1 bills to tip the dining staff (and your car steward if you so choose, but it's not required). Have toys/surprises to give your kids throughout your trip and also while waiting for your vehicle.

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There are a lot of onsite food and purchase discount offer the AAA card by habit so you don't forget.


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I read on the web site that you should shut off the alarm on your car or you may have a dead battery. Not sure how to do this! Is this a must?
Does everyone do this!
Wow, I never heard that and we never do that either. Our SUV has always been good.
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Waited too long to book..my fare just went up $200 in total..
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Well I did some checking yesterday on the room rates for our trip...and while just last week the Superliner Bedrooms and Roomettes were listed at their LOWEST price...yesterday it showed Superliner Bedrooms as SOLD OUT and Roomettes were up to $398 each!

So it looks like we'll be doing our travel via lower level coach after all!

Hopefully it will go well!

EDITED: Ok I just checked again...and I must have accidentally selected SANFORD to LORTON yesterday. Those are sold out and really expensive, which makes PERFECT SENSE to me with Snowbirds heading North. The Lorton to Sanford rooms are still at their lowest and available. So we just might end up doing that upgrade...we shall see!
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Waited too long to book..my fare just went up $200 in total..
wow...thank goodness I booked the other day! Wonder if my date changed, will have to check!
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I hope this isn't a silly question, but I was wondering does anyone know if i will be able to get wifi on the train? I know that while in the car driving in my local area my kindle fire is able to connect to wifi with my optimum password or through hot spots, but Im not sure if this would be everywhere or just in my area. Does anyone know? TIA
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:48 AM   #1446
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I hope this isn't a silly question, but I was wondering does anyone know if i will be able to get wifi on the train? I know that while in the car driving in my local area my kindle fire is able to connect to wifi with my optimum password or through hot spots, but Im not sure if this would be everywhere or just in my area. Does anyone know? TIA
No Wifi on train. We tether our smartphone.

http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...=1246044710778
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Can someone please post a link to the hotel close to the station in VA?

Is there a walmart or target near the station.


DF's family is planning a family trip summer 2013. They all refuse to fly and I refuse to drive down.

The next option was regular Amtrak out of NYC and Newark then rent vans when we get there. I got to thinking why not just drive to VA and hop on the auto train?

That idea went over well, so I'm trying to gather as much info as I can.

I've traveled with Amtrak all my life,but this will be my first auto train experience.
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Old 05-10-2012, 07:02 AM   #1448
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Can someone please post a link to the hotel close to the station in VA?

Is there a walmart or target near the station.


DF's family is planning a family trip summer 2013. They all refuse to fly and I refuse to drive down.

The next option was regular Amtrak out of NYC and Newark then rent vans when we get there. I got to thinking why not just drive to VA and hop on the auto train?

That idea went over well, so I'm trying to gather as much info as I can.

I've traveled with Amtrak all my life,but this will be my first auto train experience.
I have stayed there.About 2 blocks from station. Good value & free breakfast.
There is a shopping center across the street from the station. I remember it had a large grocery store and several other stores but not a target or Walmart.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev..._Virginia.html

Also try www.travelweather.weebly.com for more auto-train information.
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Can someone please post a link to the hotel close to the station in VA?

Is there a walmart or target near the station.


DF's family is planning a family trip summer 2013. They all refuse to fly and I refuse to drive down.

The next option was regular Amtrak out of NYC and Newark then rent vans when we get there. I got to thinking why not just drive to VA and hop on the auto train?

That idea went over well, so I'm trying to gather as much info as I can.

I've traveled with Amtrak all my life,but this will be my first auto train experience.
I live about 1 mile from the Lorton Auto Train station (as the crow flies; two miles driving).

The nearest motel is the Comfort Inn at Lorton http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-lorton-virginia-VA296 This is the only motel thats really close. If you are driving south on I-95 from the Beltway, the next nearest motels are in Springfield about 4 miles before you reach the Auto Train exit, and the Woodbridge/Dale City/Potomac Mills area, about 4 miles past the Auto Train exit.

Directly across the street from the Comfort Inn is a barber shop, a gas station, a Burger King, and smaller Chinese and Italian restaurants.

After getting off I-95, when you are on Lorton Road and driving towards the Auto Train station, if you drive about 100 feet past the entrance as NJBill mentioned there is a larger shopping center with a Shoppers grocery store, a Caribou Coffee, a Glory Days Grill, a sushi restaurant and some other shops.

The nearest Wal Mart and Target are both at the Woodbridge/Dale City/Potomac Mills area I mentioned earlier. Potomac Mills is a huge outlet Mall, and yes, there is a Disney Store there. http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?id=1260

As close as I live to the AT, I just took my first trip on it last fall. I'm using it again for my next trip. It might take longer than flying and cost a bit more, but it is so much easier, and the train trip felt like an adventure. I'm really looking forward to my next trip.
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I live about 1 mile from the Lorton Auto Train station (as the crow flies; two miles driving).

The nearest motel is the Comfort Inn at Lorton http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-lorton-virginia-VA296 This is the only motel thats really close. If you are driving south on I-95 from the Beltway, the next nearest motels are in Springfield about 4 miles before you reach the Auto Train exit, and the Woodbridge/Dale City/Potomac Mills area, about 4 miles past the Auto Train exit.

Directly across the street from the Comfort Inn is a barber shop, a gas station, a Burger King, and smaller Chinese and Italian restaurants.

After getting off I-95, when you are on Lorton Road and driving towards the Auto Train station, if you drive about 100 feet past the entrance as NJBill mentioned there is a larger shopping center with a Shoppers grocery store, a Caribou Coffee, a Glory Days Grill, a sushi restaurant and some other shops.

The nearest Wal Mart and Target are both at the Woodbridge/Dale City/Potomac Mills area I mentioned earlier. Potomac Mills is a huge outlet Mall, and yes, there is a Disney Store there. http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?id=1260

As close as I live to the AT, I just took my first trip on it last fall. I'm using it again for my next trip. It might take longer than flying and cost a bit more, but it is so much easier, and the train trip felt like an adventure. I'm really looking forward to my next trip.
The pizza at the Italian restaurant was pretty good, as was the Chinese Food on our last visit.
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I have stayed there.About 2 blocks from station. Good value & free breakfast.
There is a shopping center across the street from the station. I remember it had a large grocery store and several other stores but not a target or Walmart.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev..._Virginia.html

Also try www.travelweather.weebly.com for more auto-train information.
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I live about 1 mile from the Lorton Auto Train station (as the crow flies; two miles driving).

The nearest motel is the Comfort Inn at Lorton http://www.comfortinn.com/hotel-lorton-virginia-VA296 This is the only motel thats really close. If you are driving south on I-95 from the Beltway, the next nearest motels are in Springfield about 4 miles before you reach the Auto Train exit, and the Woodbridge/Dale City/Potomac Mills area, about 4 miles past the Auto Train exit.

Directly across the street from the Comfort Inn is a barber shop, a gas station, a Burger King, and smaller Chinese and Italian restaurants.

After getting off I-95, when you are on Lorton Road and driving towards the Auto Train station, if you drive about 100 feet past the entrance as NJBill mentioned there is a larger shopping center with a Shoppers grocery store, a Caribou Coffee, a Glory Days Grill, a sushi restaurant and some other shops.

The nearest Wal Mart and Target are both at the Woodbridge/Dale City/Potomac Mills area I mentioned earlier. Potomac Mills is a huge outlet Mall, and yes, there is a Disney Store there. http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?id=1260

As close as I live to the AT, I just took my first trip on it last fall. I'm using it again for my next trip. It might take longer than flying and cost a bit more, but it is so much easier, and the train trip felt like an adventure. I'm really looking forward to my next trip.
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Lightbulb Auto Train room photos

These are room photos of the Autotrain, our trip last Fall. I don't have any of the coach seats, and forgot to take any of the dinning car or leisure car????


All-a-board



Refreshment area



Stairs to lower car, great shower and bath areas not as cramped as room for a shower.



Roomette left side looking into the room



Roomette right side



Roomette with bed lower



Delux bedroom will sleep 3 near dbl bed size, dh and I fiton lower with teen dd in upper bed



Delux bedroom





Paked with all our stuff, the chair, storage above. There is a mirror which was the room between my sons room and ours.



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Looking at these pictures I don't see many windows on the lower level, are all the train cars like that?
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Looking at these pictures I don't see many windows on the lower level, are all the train cars like that?
These are upper level, except not sure where this dinning car is. The walking hall of the train is all windows, your room has a large window maybe 5 ft wide two about 30" curtains. The train car lower level is not carrying people under us, therewere showers and a bathroom. So I guess couch cars are different.

The train is about 3/4 mile long. Maybe I can find one as we round the curve. Then you can see. Many other cars. Or, check the website.
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