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#1 pawsandclaws

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:47 PM

I have flown all my business life to various cities but NEVER on a train. I have some extra time before a conference and looked in to AMTRAK (Raleigh to Orlando). A bit over 12 hours one way. I think it may be neat to give this a try.
Anyone had much exp. with the rails? Any tips?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:50 PM

My cousin road a train back from Orlando to Raleigh because their car died and they were broke college douche bags. It took them almost 48 hours because the engine wasn't running correctly.


Just an FYI - If they changed the name to CAMtrak, I'd ride that beast for every sales trip.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:50 PM

Fun trip and you get to see a part of America that is a bygone era. even on the train there is a throwback feel.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:51 PM

Fun trip and you get to see a part of America that is a bygone era. even on the train there is a throwback feel.


Have you traveled on one?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:53 PM

My cousin road a train back from Orlando to Raleigh because their car died and they were broke college douche bags. It took them almost 48 hours because the engine wasn't running correctly.


Just an FYI - If they changed the name to CAMtrak, I'd ride that beast for every sales trip.


LOL...That would be like 10 miles an hour.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:55 PM

LOL...That would be like 10 miles an hour.


Seriously, that's what happened. The engine could only go 8-10 mph. Amtrak sent them free ticket vouchers and an apology. They never sent a new locomotive to replace the malfunctioning one.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:57 PM

Seriously, that's what happened. The engine could only go 8-10 mph. Amtrak sent them free ticket vouchers and an apology. They never sent a new locomotive to replace the malfunctioning one.


LMAO. You would think they would keep a spare.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:59 PM

Have you traveled on one?


yeah man. haha, im not just making junk up.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:01 PM

yeah man. haha, im not just making junk up.


LOL...Didn't think you were but just wanted to know how the trip was....was it comfy? Do they serve alcohol?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:06 PM

comfy yes. i actually think they do serve beer. nice umm, cross section of humanity on those.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:06 PM

LMAO. You would think they would keep a spare.


Well, most of the Amtrak stock is owned by the US Government and it's board members are appointed by the president of the United States, so inefficiency should not be suprising. :D

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 10:34 PM

You will love it. It's the way flying was in the 60's. You have room to move around (even if the guy in front leans his seat back). The food is great and they have a lounge car. Good coffee, good drinks and not too expensive. I wish there were more convenient routes.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:05 PM

I LOVE Amtrak!

Relaxing, no hassle, relatively inexpensive, comfortable, and rewarding. I take it whenever I can. Just wish there were more routes and more convenient running times!

They do indeed serve alcohol in the cafe car. Their coffee is amazing for what it is.

I've ridden on five different trains this year alone. Each one has been on time and a great experience. You get to see a part of america that you can't see on the roads or in an airplane. Plus, the staffs are very friendly and love their jobs unlike those assholes on most airlines.

Also, there's just something about sitting by the window and hearing that horn while watching the scenery roll by that just makes you feel good about yourself.

If you have the time, ride the train. It is 10x better than flying.

Edited by PanthersPride, 23 January 2012 - 11:22 PM.


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 11:46 PM

Did a Amtrak trip back in 97 from Greensboro to Seattle. First part of the trip was crowded from Greensboro to DC. From DC to Seattle was great. Took about 4 days but you meet interesting people and they had a lounge car to serve diners and also to lookout from. Best part was going into Harper Ferry you felt like you was back in time. But I also liked going over the Rockies as it was snowing. Would love to do it again.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 12:41 AM

On the East Caost you won't get the double decker cars, (small tunnels) and the train stops at ever city along their route. But the train doesn't stop long, just long enough to unload and load. Engines are geared to 70 MPH, but probably won't do that because you are sharing the rails with freight engines. You will see sights that you are too busy to see when you're driving or you just can't see from your car.

It's kind of a shame that people don't dress up to take the train, or fly for that matter like they did up until the 70's. If you have the time, it's 100% better than flying.


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