Amtrak train info w/pics!All Aboard-Choo-choo!UPDATED

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  1. nicole83

    nicole83 Mouseketeer

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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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  3. js

    js This is my Tag!

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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!!
     
  4. pepe of ohio

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    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!
     
  5. nicole83

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    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!
     
  6. PlutoGirl1117

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    It's still a long, long, long time away, but just booked our train tickets down for next January! :cool1: :rotfl2:
     
  7. LisaNJ25

    LisaNJ25 DIS Veteran<br><font color=aqua>I paid $300 back i

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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.
     
  8. pepe of ohio

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    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!
     
  9. lisa-upnorth

    lisa-upnorth Disney Lover

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    :banana::banana::banana: less than 12 weeks til my next trip to see the mouse :banana::banana::banana:

    You can be sure I will post loads of lovely train pics! It takes us over 28hrs of travel but we enjoy the train!!
     
  10. pepe of ohio

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    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...!
     
  11. js

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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 :dance3: 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 :cheer2:
     
  12. lisa-upnorth

    lisa-upnorth Disney Lover

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    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!
     
  13. lisa-upnorth

    lisa-upnorth Disney Lover

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    I do believe we will be on the same train:wave2:
    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!
     
  14. NJRRK

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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.
     
  15. lisa-upnorth

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    not sure :confused3 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
     
  16. NJRRK

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    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.
     
  17. gokenin

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    Just curious for the people that purchase a seat do you have access to showers and do you use them or do you wait till you get to disney and shower then? Just curious as I would be coming from Boston so it's basically a days travel time to get down to disney.
     
  18. pepe of ohio

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    I've got to admit, when we take the train, showering is the least of our worries...

    I believe on coach, there are no showers, others will correct me.... And as for sleepers, I've seen the shower room at the end of the sleeper car, small open cubby with a curtain... Nothing I want to use,,,,,

    We're on the train for a day and a half, not working in the coal mines so freshening up in the restroom will do us just fine..
     
  19. NJRRK

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    Actually the shower on the bottom level of the sleeping car is in it's own room. What you're defining is the shower in the accessible room at the opposite end of the lower level from the family bedroom. And there is a door there too you probably just missed it. BTW Amtrak provides towels and soap, no shampoo or conditioner or body lotion ...
     
  20. lisa-upnorth

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    guess I just have the bedroom then, so hope to see my fellow Diser on the train :thumbsup2
     
  21. lisa-upnorth

    lisa-upnorth Disney Lover

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    worry not! I travel from a lot farther north than Boston and I never even think about the shower. Time flies,I sleep,wake up and am in Orlando :wizard:
    I get to the hotel and then shower or swim.I would not think the shower on the train would be that great-others may disagree.
     

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