11 comments


  • Scott

    Loved this video! I’ve never really considered travel by train, but just might need to think about it more seriously. Thanks!

    On a side note, as much as I think the video was great, the background music (jazz piano) was cool too. What is it?

    November 22, 2011
  • buddy lee

    I have been wanting to do this trip for awhile. Can you tell me about amtraks policy for non-folding bikes? Great video thank you so much.

    November 22, 2011
  • If you are taking an interstate train, you’ll have to box your bike. You’ll only be able to do this with a station that is a checked baggage stop. Be sure to call ahead to ensure they have bike boxes. Check out our other post below for more tips:

    http://pathlesspedaled.com/2011/01/video-packing-your-bicycle-for-amtrak/

    Russ

    November 22, 2011
  • Ed M.

    Thanks for this video. I have wondered about the sleeper cars on Amtrak and your video was much more informative than anything I could find on the Amtrak website. Have a great Thanksgiving week!

    November 22, 2011
  • Welcome back to California.
    That was definitely a quality tour. We really got a kick out of watching it. Thanks for sharing more about the train. As always, love having your support!

    November 22, 2011
  • bran

    Nice video, liked the movie room on the train. I Did not notice if the train between Seattle and Chicago had one. Also you did not show the door/curtain to the roomette. Which is it?

    November 22, 2011
  • David

    Excellent video! I took this trip from Los Angeles up to Portland a few months ago, and you documented it very accurately.

    That arcade car was supremely lame.

    @Bran – Roomettes have a sliding glass door that locks, and then a curtain can be pulled over the glass. To get a sense of the size of the room, the camera operator was standing in the hallway outside the glass door when he took the video of her in her seat/bed.

    November 22, 2011
  • I’ve taken my Brompton on Amtrak from Seattle to the Bay Area and back, as well as on many shorter jaunts–Seattle to Vancouver BC, Seattle to Portland, Oakland to Salinas–and the experience is inevitably terrific. The bike fits into the luggage rack at the end of the passenger car, so you don’t have to check it, and the Amtrak conductors are always cheerful about having a folding bike along for the ride.

    As you well know, a Brompton is convenient when you get to your destination, too. Hotels don’t give you any grief about taking it up to your room, you can take it onto buses and light rail if need be, and it’ll comfortably go anywhere a road bike will. From Salinas, I rode highway 183 to Castroville (on a wide, paved shoulder) then hopped onto the bike trail that goes all the way to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. On the way back to Salinas, I was short on time and took the bike on Monterey-Salinas Transit. The bus driver gave it nary a second glance.

    November 22, 2011
  • gl.

    i LOVE train sleeper cars! i would love to see amtrak take full-size bikes w/o a box and w/o requiring them to come off only at baggage stops.

    November 23, 2011
  • I wish I’d been able to afford the sleeper this time around. I returned to Portland from Cleveland via the Lakeshore Limited and the Empire Builder. LL was only about 7 hours on the train, and the biggest downside was boarding at 3am. The Empire Builder is 2 days (about 46 hours to be precise), and in a coach seat, thats a little rough. I considered stepping off at one of the many “smoke stops” when one could leave the train, but I never did. 3 days total sleeping in a seat and no shower does wear a bit, but it also gave me a real sense of place on the return, and the enormous legroom and no neighboring passenger were both big helps. I actually would have had a much rougher time taking a 5 hour plane flight back to PDX than the train ride.

    November 30, 2011
  • James Destiche

    This beautiful little film helped me decide to take my bike on the train to Portland. Can’t wait.

    November 30, 2011

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