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    Amtrak new bicycle baggage cars

    Anybody have any idea whether these new bicycle baggage cars will accept tandems?


    Amtrak to welcome bicycling passengers by end of the year

    By Jon Schmitz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Amtrak said it will begin to introduce new baggage cars equipped with bicycle racks on all of its long-distance trains, including the Capitol Limited serving Pittsburgh, by the end of the year.

    “This is a service and amenity that we want to make sure we can offer,” Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said Tuesday.

    “It’*s great to have Amtrak understanding how important the bike tourism industry is,” said Linda Boxx, board member and former president of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, who has worked for years to persuade Amtrak to provide better accommodations for bikes.

    The railroad has ordered 55 new baggage cars with bike racks, and the cars will be placed on all 15 long-distance routes, including the Capitol Limited, which operates between Chicago and Washington, D.C., through Pittsburgh. The eastern leg of the route closely follows the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Towpath, trails that extend from Pittsburgh to Washington.


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    from the looks of the photo in the Amtrak Blog I'd say no: imgur: the simple image sharer

    here's a link to that article: New Baggage Cars Coming Soon |. If you have a coupled tandem you might be able to do a quick decoupling and hang the two halves...

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    Quote Originally Posted by geronimo2000 View Post
    from the looks of the photo in the Amtrak Blog I'd say no: imgur: the simple image sharer

    here's a link to that article: New Baggage Cars Coming Soon |. If you have a coupled tandem you might be able to do a quick decoupling and hang the two halves...
    It looks like there is plenty of vertical space above the rack that could accommodate a tandem without too much problem. Amtrak needs to be contacted to rig up a tandem option!

    Last edited by Ritterview; 02-12-15 at 06:00 PM.

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    Based on that pic, I'm betting a typical tandem would fit. As Ritterview noted, there's plenty of room above. There's also more than a foot below. So with the back wheel on the ground, and the hook on the front catching the back of the front wheel, I think it likely would squeeze in.

    Another option would be to remove the front wheel, and hang the bike by the back wheel.

    Bringing a luggage strap with you might not be a bad idea.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    We would love to take our tandem on Amtrack from San Diego to Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo and bypass the L.A. traffic.
    But besides not being able to take the tandem on the train, it takes much longer to take the Amtrack than to drive even with the traffic because they make so many stops and I think you have to change trains in L.A.
    We do sometimes take it on the local rail system which does have space for tandems, have not tried Metrolink yet but they have the same cars so probably would work there too.
    Been wanting to take it on Metrolink up to Irvine and ride home with a nice tailwind from the north.

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    Looks exciting. Glad to see it only took Amtrak twenty years to realize the trend and jump on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwmckee View Post
    Looks exciting. Glad to see it only took Amtrak twenty years to realize the trend and jump on it.
    That's more than a little unfair. Twenty years ago was the cycling dark ages when those few of us who were riding were wondering if we should abandon all hope of any companions ever reappearing. Even ten years ago the roads weren't exactly booming with wheelmen. Considering it takes at least three or four years to bring new cars on line, I'd say Amtrak has responded to demand in a very timely manner.

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