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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by rcthompson04 » Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:04 am

daybeers wrote:
Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:38 pm
Oo I like that idea! Harrisburg definitely needs baggage service. What others along the Keystone would be beneficial?
Lancaster sticks out for me as I have seen people lugging a lot of luggage off there the half of dozen times I have taken trains there.

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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by daybeers » Tue Oct 15, 2019 7:55 pm

Amtrak Media posted this article yesterday about checked baggage and bicycle service on the Pennsylvanian. A fair use quote:
...The stations that now offer these amenities include New York (NYP), Newark (NWK), Philadelphia (PHL), Lancaster (LNC), Harrisburg (HAR), Altoona (ALT), Johnstown (JST) and Pittsburgh (PGH). The fee for checked bicycle service is $20 and Amtrak reservation and baggage policies apply.
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“Expanding multimodal transportation options doesn’t end at the train station,” said PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation Jennie Granger. “The expanded checked bicycle service will allow travelers from across the country to explore Pennsylvania’s outstanding recreational opportunities with day trips to historic communities or longer bikepacking adventures to the many state and local parks, lakes and forests along the Pennsylvania’s BicyclePA Routes and state trails.”

Additionally, for customers who are connecting in Pittsburgh via the Capitol Limited (operating daily between Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago) bikes and bags will be transferred through to the final destination.

Customers checking their bikes (no box required) must arrive at the station 45 minutes prior to the train departure to allow time to purchase a ticket and obtain a baggage tag and transport the bike to the baggage car. Only standard bikes will be permitted. If equipped with large seat/saddle bags, handlebar bags or panniers, the items must be removed from the bike, consolidated, and checked or carried on the train. Customers can reserve their bikes by selecting “add bike” when they book their train travel on Amtrak.com, by calling 800-USA-RAIL or by visiting any staffed ticket office. Reserve early; limited space is available.

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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by Greg Moore » Thu Oct 17, 2019 9:04 pm

And in fact yesterday, while sitting in NYP waiting for my train to Wilmington, I heard an announcement about lat call for baggage for the Pennsylvanian.
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by STrRedWolf » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:29 am

Derailment yesterday around Greensburg (a friend there let me know):

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland ... -reported/

Pennsy 43 terminated in Altoona and turned back to shore up in Harrisburg. 42 will start there this morning. No alternate service provided (outside existing Thruway bus service).
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by ohioriverrailway » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:44 am

STrRedWolf wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:29 am
Derailment yesterday around Greensburg (a friend there let me know):

https://triblive.com/local/westmoreland ... -reported/

Pennsy 43 terminated in Altoona and turned back to shore up in Harrisburg. 42 will start there this morning. No alternate service provided (outside existing Thruway bus service).
Amtrak refers to that as a disabled freight train. Masters of understatement there!!
It's unfortunate that they couldn't have used Altoona as the western terminus and bus=bridged between there and Pittsburgh. Wonder what folks who were planning the 30 to 42 connection did?
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by STrRedWolf » Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:51 am

ohioriverrailway wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 8:44 am
Amtrak refers to that as a disabled freight train. Masters of understatement there!!
It's unfortunate that they couldn't have used Altoona as the western terminus and bus=bridged between there and Pittsburgh. Wonder what folks who were planning the 30 to 42 connection did?
Two options: Transfer to a later Greyhound run Throughway bus to Harrisburg and pick up a Keystone there, or stay on the 30 and transfer to the NEC trains in Washington.
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Post by mtuandrew » Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:35 pm

Amtrak really does have an obligation to help its passengers who are stranded, specifically renting vans and buses to bring them to their destination, and I hope they did. It has less of an obligation to transport passengers who haven’t boarded yet, which is what I think they mean by “no alternate service provided.”

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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by ThirdRail7 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:30 am

mtuandrew wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:35 pm
Amtrak really does have an obligation to help its passengers who are stranded, specifically renting vans and buses to bring them to their destination, and I hope they did. It has less of an obligation to transport passengers who haven’t boarded yet, which is what I think they mean by “no alternate service provided.”
They actually ran buses to discharge passengers from PGH-HAR. They did not accept local travel.
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by STrRedWolf » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:11 am

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Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:30 am
They actually ran buses to discharge passengers from PGH-HAR. They did not accept local travel.
So express service only. Everything else got moved to the Thruway service?
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by ThirdRail7 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:33 am

They stopped to discharge passengers between PGH-HAR. If you boarded at PGH and you going to ALT, they stopped to discharge you. If you were going TYR to HUN, no alternate transportation was provided.
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by STrRedWolf » Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:00 pm

ThirdRail7 wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:33 am
They stopped to discharge passengers between PGH-HAR. If you boarded at PGH and you going to ALT, they stopped to discharge you. If you were going TYR to HUN, no alternate transportation was provided.
I think "alternate transportation" here would be defined as "beyond any Thruway bus connections." (page 2 on the Pennsy timetable) Tyrone to Greensburg would be a ticket swap. But then, if you're at Huntington, you're screwed (no connection there).
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by twropr » Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:43 am

It appears that trains 42 and 43 have not been running an extra coach over the Thanksgiving holiday (they always had over the past previous years).
Has anyone seen these trains on Wed. to verify that they are only seven cars (one baggage and six passenger cars)?
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by STrRedWolf » Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:15 am

I haven't seen it, but considering the amount of mechanical problems that Amtrak had over the past few days, I won't be surprised if they stole a car from the Pennsy to handle the NEC traffic.
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by rcthompson04 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:05 pm

STrRedWolf wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 10:15 am
I haven't seen it, but considering the amount of mechanical problems that Amtrak had over the past few days, I won't be surprised if they stole a car from the Pennsy to handle the NEC traffic.
It was running eastbound past Bryn Mawr on Wednesday afternoon with the standard consist.

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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by ThirdRail7 » Thu Nov 28, 2019 4:13 pm

twropr wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 9:43 am
It appears that trains 42 and 43 have not been running an extra coach over the Thanksgiving holiday (they always had over the past previous years).
Has anyone seen these trains on Wed. to verify that they are only seven cars (one baggage and six passenger cars)?
Andy

I've seen a few Pennsylvanians this week they had extra cars. I'm not sure why you think it didn't. It has run with an extra coach since 43(26).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zkb-HNVEA

Things of interest include the mammoth 133, the biggest train of the program. Hot in its heels is late 171 (which is actually scheduled ahead of 133), sporting the Coke unit 606.

Between them is the Veteran's unit 642, heading towards NYP. makes

Next, you have late 20, with a new bag dorm.

Next up is 1193, sporting the David Gunn unit 600.

You'll see train 647 pushing towards PHL/HAR in addition to 649 pulling towards PHL as it stops at CWH.

Between 647 and 649, heading east as it passes a Septa train in CWH is train 42(27). Everyone count the cars as it whizzes and no, they didn't add anything at PHL.
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