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Trailers on the Katy Trail (Amtrak)

Old 07-03-08, 12:30 PM
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Trailers on the Katy Trail (Amtrak)

All these years later, since the Katy was established and the surrounding towns began catering to cyclotourists, Amtrak continues to offer bicycle accommodations but none for the trappings that come along with it. These trains have no provisions for checked baggage and carry on dimensions are about 3 inches too short to allow the carry-on of most Bob style trailers. You cannot even purchase Bicycle spots for your trailer, they will not sell them to you for anything except bicycles. At the very least a little extra revenue couldn't hurt them any.

Would you please take time to encourage Amtrak to accommodate bike trailers on the Katy Trail routes?

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Old 07-03-08, 06:49 PM
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I reciently traveled on Amtrak with an Extrawheel trailer disguised as luggage. It was slightly over sized, but not recognizable as a bike trailer. Forgivness for over size is easier to obtain than permission for not allowed bike trailer, MAYBE!
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Old 07-03-08, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by vladamiraaron View Post
All these years later, since the Katy was established and the surrounding towns began catering to cyclotourists, Amtrak continues to offer bicycle accommodations but none for the trappings that come along with it. These trains have no provisions for checked baggage and carry on dimensions are about 3 inches too short to allow the carry-on of most Bob style trailers. You cannot even purchase Bicycle spots for your trailer, they will not sell them to you for anything except bicycles. At the very least a little extra revenue couldn't hurt them any.

Would you please take time to encourage Amtrak to accommodate bike trailers on the Katy Trail routes?

Send a message here.

Thanks for your time!
While on the subject, I'd love to see Amtrak add checked baggage stops along the C & O/Great Allegheny Passage. At the moment you can ship your bike to DC or Pittsburgh, but nowhere in between.
 
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As far as the trailer is concerned, I would second the comment about disguising it as carry-on luggage. Amtrak appears to be very strict about carry-on luggage, but the real rule is that if you can schlep it aboard yourself without causing a problem, like knocking other passenger over or blocking aisles, it's OK. I think the rules came about a few years ago when baggage service was discontinued at many stations in the Midwest and people naturally starting carrying their steamer trunks on board. It is also likely that the restrictions are primarily to prevent employees' back injuries. NOTE: my comment does not apply to the northeast where there may be less room for luggage.

I second the comment regarding the GAP/C&O Canal. I solved the problem by buying a folder. I'm thinking Connellsville to Cumberland would be a nice mini-ride.
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