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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:50 am

Better luck next time for those who couldn't book the trip. The advantage of the trip running both days is you can ride it on one day and chase and photograph it the next.

I hope that there are photo stops on the trip especially since the lighting at 30th St Sta is not the best.

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by Suburban Station » Wed Sep 18, 2013 1:32 pm

since this one sold out faster than the last one it would seem that amtrak has only begun to scratch the surface of the market. perhaps it won't be the last chance, this could be an annual event provided it keeps selling.

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by Jersey_Mike » Wed Sep 18, 2013 2:08 pm

People need to remember to check back within 24 hours of departure. Because of Amtrak's refund policy there is no cost to buying now and then canceling if you decide you can't make it. I have one friend who bought two tkts on the first train but is still on the fence about going on the trip.

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by Sisko24 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:57 pm

Yes. So let's hope those who decide not to use the tickets they bought do remember to cancel them before the excursion thereby opening spot(s) for those who would like to go but weren't able to purchase them today.

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by ThirdRail7 » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:07 pm

I understand they are examining the possibility of lengthening the consist but things may be too tight with all the extra trains running around and Thanksgiving not long after the trip.

We'll see. I'd check the site in a few days.
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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by Suburban Station » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:41 pm

seems like amtrak should have made these non refundable if thats the case

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by Jersey_Mike » Thu Sep 19, 2013 4:47 pm

That encourages scalping. Amtrak should just offer a standby line at 30th St. Scan everyone then take from standby to fill the train.

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by Suburban Station » Fri Sep 20, 2013 10:22 am

how could you scalp a ticket that has your name on it? it's not like a sports game where the bearer is entitled to a seat. verify the person is the same as the one on the name of the ticket

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by Jersey_Mike » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Amtrak's ID checks are less then rigorous. One can also switch name with a call to 1-800-USA-RAIL.

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by ThirdRail7 » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:31 pm

Indeed, they added a few more cars. I don't know if it will help to look at this point, but you may want to give it a shot every now and then.
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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by ThirdRail7 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:13 am

I don't know if it is the added cars, cancellations or both but there are seats available at the moment.
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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:01 am

It's so hard to believe that there's less than two weeks left. Have there been any updates such as motive power?

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by BuddSilverliner269 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:08 am

I'm almost sure it will be P42s unless you already knew that and you're wondering if it will be heritage unit and I'm sure it will be the veterans unit and the heritage unit that has been floating around philly for awhile.

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:09 pm

I should have rephrased my question a little better. Yes I meant to ask if any of the heritage painted P42s will power the train, which would be nice.

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Re: Amtrak Rare Mileage Excursion in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Post by ThirdRail7 » Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:50 pm

BuddSilverliner269 wrote:I'm almost sure it will be P42s unless you already knew that and you're wondering if it will be heritage unit and I'm sure it will be the veterans unit and the heritage unit that has been floating around philly for awhile.
Nothing has been named yet but the Veteran Unit and Exhibit train is headed south for an excursion. It is possible since it would be back in time but it would be a real squeaker. It would be a kick to see P40s on this move.
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