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Old 06-25-08, 08:28 PM
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amtrack and bob trailer

we are taking Amtrack to start our tour, does anyone know what we have to do for the Bob trailer? does in need a box? or can it go on the train. we also have a rans recmebent and ideas on how to get that on the train? Thanks
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Have you looked up the Amtrak website yet? That should have been your first step because Amtrak itself can provide you with quite a bit of information.

https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...mtrak/HomePage

https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...554487&ssid=43

"No unusual bikes allowed
Please note that bicycle racks will not accommodate tandem, recumbent, or other unusual bikes. Such bikes must be transported as checked baggage, in a box. Please see below."


I'll let you keep reading the website yourself for further information.

Oh, while you're in there reading the various pages, you might check to see if your stations will even let you drop off and pick up baggage. Not all stations do.
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Old 06-25-08, 09:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka
Have you looked up the Amtrak website yet? That should have been your first step because Amtrak itself can provide you with quite a bit of information.

https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...mtrak/HomePage

https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...554487&ssid=43

"No unusual bikes allowed
Please note that bicycle racks will not accommodate tandem, recumbent, or other unusual bikes. Such bikes must be transported as checked baggage, in a box. Please see below."


I'll let you keep reading the website yourself for further information.

Oh, while you're in there reading the various pages, you might check to see if your stations will even let you drop off and pick up baggage. Not all stations do.
In fact, it seems most don't, depending on the train you take. For instance, one problem with the Great Allegheny Passage/C & O Towpath is that checked baggage on Amtrak's Capital Limited is only available at Washington DC and Pittsburgh. The train follows the trails for 300 miles; allowing checked baggage and/or bikes on and off at, say, Harper's Ferry WV, Cumberland MD, and Connellsville PA would increase touring on the trail, since folks wouldn't be committed to riding all 335 miles of it.
 
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I just came home from my tour by train, I don't know how every single train is, but I had a smaller amtrak train, but it was the only one that would be allowed to take a bike,

My bike didn't go in a rack at all, so I don't really know if others do, mine was just placed in that handicap section,

I did pay $10 extra for taking the bike with me,

my trip was short though, only from Joliet, IL to Bloomington, IL witch is 2 or 3 stops

really I don't see why a recumbent would not be allowed on the train,

But I would say call 1-800-872-7245 & keep pressing "0" till it tells you its getting a real operator, It should work, I called 5 hours before I got to the train to day, & all the crew knew what I needed to do, Knew right where i was going right ways, It was kind of nice, because I felt like I got better servos then other passengers.

My guess is they inform them ahead of time that there would be someone with a bike,

I don't know how it works if there are lot of bikes, because i think they will only allow so many,

but again CALL, don't uses there website, it's crap
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I just took Amtrak /bike tour with a folding bike and an Extrawheel trailer. Folding bikes are ok on Amtrak. You don't have to box or check as baggage. I carried the trailer in a canvas bag. If you can take the wheels off the recumbent and disguise the bike and trailer you might be ok, but the is some risk. Maybe plan to take off peak trains. Have a contingency plan. Bus? It will be part of the adventure.
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Thanks for all the suggestions, I have looked at the web site a lot and have called several people at amtrack after waiting more than a few minutes to get a person. Mostly that person does not know any more than the web site, bikes are allowed on some trains blah blah blah. It is a good idea to just put the trailor in a big bag and carry it on. The recumbent we are taking down to the train station and pratice with the staff about a week before our trip. Our train comes at 2:30am so the staff are only there from 10:00 pm to 5:00 am. But if anyone has done this before please write in, this has been most interesting. Barb
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Last summer I I rode the Amtrak Empire Builder with my bike and a bob. Amtrak charges $10.00 for a bike box (call to check on availability). They also required the bob to be boxed. What I did was take off wheel
and turn yoke around. In this configuration bob fits into two of amtraks $5.00 boxes spliced together.
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Thanks Gareth, that is exactly what I wanted to know! Barb
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