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Old 10-23-15, 03:03 AM
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Amtrak Adirondack carry-on bike bag policy?

I am contemplating a trip to the United States from Nova Scotia, by way of Via Rail and transferring at Montreal to the Amtrak Adirondack. The problem, the Adirondack does not accept checked baggage. But does accept oversized bags. What I had been contemplating was to buy this soft bike bag, (wiggle.com | Scicon Travel Basic Bike Bag | Soft Cover Bike Bags), the reasoning being, it is light and compact enough to be packed on my bike as I travel, and use whenever I am traveling by train. Do you folks think this is a viable solution, i.e.: is it allowed?

Does anyone have any experience traveling this way on the northeast corridor?

What follows is a portion of Amtrak's baggage policy.

Carry-On Items


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.

Excess Bags

A $20 excess baggage fee will be charged for each carry-on and personal item above the quantity and size limits. A maximum of two excess bags are permitted per passenger. Fees will be collected at the station or onboard the train if the station is unstaffed. If checked baggage is available, you can check two bags through to your final destination free of charge.

How I read the fine print, a bike transport bag should be allowed.

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Old 10-23-15, 12:08 PM
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Um, how are you going to get a bike inside the size limit? Just a dingle 26"x26" wheel will bust those limits.
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Old 10-23-15, 12:42 PM
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And just to vent a little, that Amtrak train does not empty the toilets along the way. By the time the train pulls into Penn Station in NYC, riders (especially women, understandably) are pretty grossed out if they have to use the rest room.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
Um, how are you going to get a bike inside the size limit? Just a dingle 26"x26" wheel will bust those limits.
Hi, at this link I've highlighted this fine print Excess Bags "above the quantity and size limits."

http://www.amtrak.com/carry-on-baggage

Maybe I am not reading that right.
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Well, I have found my ride through Adirondack Trailways bus line to New York City, they do accept bikes in bags . New York is only a way station though, I'm planning to visit a friend and then do a tour of Cape Cod.

For the the second leg of my journey Peter Pan bus lines also accept bikes in bags, but they are expensive, especially for the oversized bike bag, any other suggestions that would get me close to Cape Cod?

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Originally Posted by sprocketss View Post
Hi, at this link I've highlighted this fine print Excess Bags "above the quantity and size limits."

Amtrak - Policies - Baggage Policy & Service - Carry-On Baggage

Maybe I am not reading that right.
What you are apparently not reading are the specific rules regarding bikes that will trump general rules about carry on luggage:

Bring Your Bike Onboard the Train | Amtrak

BTW....The Adirondack does not run on the Northeast Corridor, which serves Boston to D.C.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
BTW....The Adirondack does not run on the Northeast Corridor, which serves Boston to D.C.
I was going to visit a friend in NY and that is the only train that leaves from Montreal in any case. I do feel the carry-on language is ambiguous, I do agree though, regarding carry-on, that I was looking for an out, and the page you linked to trumps my assumption.

If I could sanely find a way to get to the "Downeaster" from the Maritimes I would be all set in Boston.

I guess the only option is to take the bus.

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Old 10-26-15, 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted by sprocketss View Post

If I could sanely find a way to get to the "Downeaster" from the Maritimes I would be all set in Boston.

I guess the only option is to take the bus.
Is there a ferry to Bar Harbor, ME? If so, Brunswick, ME is only about a 2 day ride. Adventure Cycling's Atlantic Coast route starts in Bar Harbor, and I believe it goes through or close to Brunswick. When I did it way back when it went through Freeport, which is close to Brunswick.
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We've been trying to get Amtrak to allow "roll-on, roll-off" service for years. The immediate demand is not there, so they won't "invest" (the Adirondack Route probably runs at a deficit anyway).

Traveling with bike in NY really stinks. Having to box or bag a bike for a ride upstate is a real deterrent. I would almost say that it is easier just to ride, or even rent a car one-way.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Is there a ferry to Bar Harbor, ME? If so, Brunswick, ME is only about a 2 day ride. Adventure Cycling's Atlantic Coast route starts in Bar Harbor, and I believe it goes through or close to Brunswick. When I did it way back when it went through Freeport, which is close to Brunswick.
Thanks for the heads up, unfortunately, the ferry only runs between late May and Mid-October . Maybe next year.
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Originally Posted by chinitonorte View Post
Traveling with bike in NY really stinks. Having to box or bag a bike for a ride upstate is a real deterrent. I would almost say that it is easier just to ride, or even rent a car one-way.
Well, I have found a way to both NYC and the Boston area using two bus services, Adirondack Trailways for the NY area and Peter Pan bus lines serving Massachusetts. I like supporting local businesses anyways and the bike bag I am looking at should be transportable on a bike.

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