Silverliner II wrote:I just hope that when I board at Toronto, they don't squeeze all of us US-bound folks into the Amfleet I coach like they did on my 2005 return trip. On that day, after leaving Oakville, I had noticed more than enough room in two of the adjoining Amfleet II coaches and asked an attendant if I could move up one car, which she readily agreed to.
At new york penn it was the other way around, we (CN bound) got the amfleet 2 up next to the loco. Everyone else boarded the cars behind ours.
That's what they did when I rode my round trip to Niagara Falls, ON in Feb of 2011. Amfleet II right next to the loco. I caught the same trainset home three days later and ended up in the Amfleet II that was the 2nd car from the loco.
Interesting operation that occurred for the eastbound train: when VIA 97 arrived at Niagara Falls (on time), the VIA crew and on board staff got off, along with maybe four passengers. The Amtrak crew (who had signed up at Niagara Falls, NY and taxied across the border) got on. Now Amtrak 64, they moved the train up two cars and the VIA cafe attendant offloaded all the food as the Amtrak attendant loaded his supplies. THEN, passengers were boarded, and the train departed. That whole operation took about 10 minutes, and yet the schedule allows a 2 minute dwell time. The train was technically 10 minutes late departing. Not that it matters much since you have to sit through Customs on the US side anyway and they finished their work a half hour before the scheduled departure time.