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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by hs3730 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:40 pm

Regarding window vs aisle - it wouldn't be so bad if the windows were larger. Could they perhaps tack on some NJT MultiLevels? Bigger windows and more of 'em... not the whole train, just 2-3 cars.

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by deathtopumpkins » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:27 am

NaugyRR wrote:How are the boxed lunches on these trips? I take it that they must overstock the cafe car to accommodate everyone looking for snacks during the ride?
The 2015 train's boxed lunch was a sandwich from Panera. Not anything that appealed to me, so I didn't eat it.

But the cafe car seemed to be well stocked. I (and many other passengers) bought food there instead. Honestly I think they'd be better off dropping the boxed lunch and just giving everyone a cafe car voucher or something.
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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by Mackensen » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:11 pm

Instead of distributing a prepackaged meal to everyone you'd rather they all line up at the cafe car?

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by Alcochaser » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:59 pm

You know. I hate to do this, but with all the complaining about windows and food. I guess I should point out there is ANOTHER Amtrak run excursion train that runs about the same time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB4wZtdSItY" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Kinda points out the differences inside Amtrak.
NEC unit run train. 14 to 15 amcans.
Intercity unit run train (with coordination from the local NRHS). 30 cars, mostly private.

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by deathtopumpkins » Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:45 pm

Mackensen wrote:Instead of distributing a prepackaged meal to everyone you'd rather they all line up at the cafe car?
Yeah, because then people can order whatever they want. It's not like the whole train would be lining up anyway. Some people would have brought their own food, and the ones who do buy lunch from the cafe car would not all do it at the same time. I doubt lines would be significantly longer than they already are.

Better for the passengers because they get a choice of food, better for Amtrak because passengers would probably be likely to splurge and buy something extra, and better for the environment because there'd be fewer wasted meals.

Also, unless I'm mistaken there is usually more than 1 cafe car on these trains.
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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by ExCon90 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:34 pm

If I'm going to be riding an excursion train to see interesting and rare trackage I don't want to spend any time at all standing in line for the café car and missing some of what I came to see. Maybe they could provide optional box lunches at a slightly higher fare for passengers who want them--box lunches and a café car don't have to be mutually exclusive.

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by mspang311 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:08 am

T minus 2 hrs until ticket sales open!

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by mspang311 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:04 am

aaaaaannnnnd can't book it on the web yet

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by NaugyRR » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:18 am

If anyone's having trouble booking online (AXP not coming up as a station code), put the date in before you do anything, then put in the station codes. I just got off the phone with an agent booking the trip and she says the phones have been off the hook for the past fifteen minutes.
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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by Alco FA » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:34 am

Looks like the Amtrak website is down. Was able to book our tickets over the phone with a Guest Rewards agent.

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by JimBoylan » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:51 am

amtrak.com only gets you the blank page amtrak.com/home
Trying it on 2 different computers using Verizon FiOS.

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by Return to Reading Company Olney Sta » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:51 am

Was able to book mine using the Amtrak app on my phone.

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by JimBoylan » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:24 am

Got through to "Agent" at (800) USA-RAIL. She says it's sold out both days.
I guess check back at 2:00 a.m. every day to fish for cancellations.

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by mspang311 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:38 am

Jim, I was just able to book on Amtrak.com -- check it out now my friend.

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Re: 2017 Amtrak Autumn Express foliage excursion

Post by vingong » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:34 pm

I just purchased a ticket on the phone app for Sunday 10/15. The website was down for me.
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