Amtrak on Twitter: "@gratisteph Good Morning! Thanks for traveling with us. We're sorry, we do not sell headphones on board. Coffee and bottled water is available in the Piedmont lounge car, as well as drink and snack vending machines that offer a large selection of refreshments at reasonable prices. A café car with meals, snacks and beverages is available on the Carolinian. Learn more about dining options on Amtrak's website. First, depending on where you are seated on the train, your meal may already be included in your ticket price. Passengers who have booked roomettes or rooms have their meals included and must bring their tickets with them to meals. Also keep in mind that the Amtrak dining cars only serve meals at set times. You may bring your own food and beverages onboard for consumption at your seat or private Sleeping Car accommodations. However, you can only consume food and beverages purchased in Dining and Lounge Cars in those cars. Personal food and beverages are allowed in the upper level of Superliner Sightseer Lounges. Cell Phones. You're welcome to bring your cellular phone with you on Amtrak. Cell phones work along most portions of Amtrak routes, subject to expected coverage issues. Cell phones typically do not work well in long tunnels.
Planes and trains do move, though. Passenger rail cars are a special type of water system, called an Interstate Carrier Conveyance (ICC), covered under the Safe Drinking Water Act. Each passenger rail car that supplies water through a drinking fountain, restroom, or café service is a separate water system.
All modern Amtrak sleeping cars (Superliners and Viewliners) have showers for passengers. Amtrak trains do not have showers for coach passengers, but I give myself sponge baths (with paper towels) in a coach restroom when I'm travelling long distances in coach.
While considerably rare for bags to be searched on Amtrak, crossing state lines can get you into hella trouble. Bag searches have been reported to happen (particularly on the California Zephyr near Reno) but in the vast majority of cases there is no security or search of any kind.
WiFi: Why, Yes! We've added free onboard WiFi to a lot of our trains and stations! You can check if your favorite train or nearest station has WiFi here. The Golden Rule of Amtrak WiFi is it supports general web browsing.
Alcohol. Amtrak sells alcoholic beverages on its trains, but if you're particularly partial to a specific wine, beer or liquor, you're permitted to board with the drink and consume it during your trip. You can't, however, consume your own alcohol in public areas of the train.
More than half of Amtrak trains operate at top speeds of 100 mph (160 kph) or greater.
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Yes, all over the road locomotives, and local use locomotives are equipped with toilets in small rooms in the front hood area of the locomotive. Some have an air pressure assisted flushing system using fresh water similar to an airline toilet.
The Café Car is generally located on the upper level in the middle of the train, though some trains may have a lower-level Café Car.
All Auto Train passengers receive meals as part of their ticket price. Dinner will consist of a salad, rolls, a choice from several entrees, vegetables and potatoes, and a choice of dessert. The entrees typically include a beef, chicken, fish, and vegetarian selection.
The meals in Amtrak's diners are a bargain considering what it costs to provide them. A $15 item likely costs at least $45 for Amtrak to provide it. But, on a LDT, diners are considered as essential as, say, wheels.
Each passenger may bring two personal items, 25 lbs. (12 kg) and 14 x 11 x 7 inches each, and two carry-on items, 50 lbs. (23 kg) and 28 x 22 x 14 inches each, onboard. Make sure you have a tag with your name and address on the outside of all your bags.
The 6 Most Scenic Amtrak Train Routes Adirondack: New York City to Montreal. Sunset Limited: New Orleans to Los Angeles. Empire Builder: Chicago to Portland or Seattle. Coast Starlight: Seattle to Los Angeles. 5. California Zephyr: Chicago to San Francisco. Pacific Surfliner: San Luis Obispo to San Diego.