Your Top 7 Train Manners

Busy Amtrak Train

Whether it's a long or short ride, there's always time for good #TrainManners. When we asked  you on Twitter what your top suggestions were, you didn't hold back. From soothing crying kids to "singles only," here are your essential train manners:

1. Be considerate when having conversations after 10 p.m.

2. Put your phone on vibrate and use headphones if you listen to music or watch movies. Passengers shouldn't be able to hear the music when you're wearing headphones.

3. No kids in the quiet car.

4. Stop coughing and making snorting noises through your nose.

5. Amtrak should add a "singles car" so we all can meet hot commuters.

6. If the train is full, sit up instead of sleeping across the two seats.

7. Ask your seatmate politely before reaching over and using the power outlet.

Have a great #TrainManners suggestion that you don't see listed here? Let us know in the comments section or tweet us @Amtrak using the hashtag #TrainManners!

24 comments
shylaann
shylaann

Lol on the Ms Manner post. Realistically the notable list of train travel etiquette would be:

Let an elder, adult with child and those carrying stuff go first at connecting doors.

Try not to slam bathroom doors or leave open after use (considerate to those seated nearest to potties).

Pickup your area before exiting train (don't be trashy).

Give a helping hand when someone is struggling to carry or lift something.

Move if your single and splitting up a family ( meant in a nice way).

Turn down your cell phone ringer and use your inside voice during conversation. I really don't want to hear about your prostate 10 rows back.

andrine48
andrine48

The bathrooms can get funky really quick.  So leaving the bathroom in better condition then you found it would be number 1 in  train manners for me.  If you splash water wipe it up.  If you drop paper on the floor pick it up and if there is a serious problem find an employee to  assist.

annewarren4
annewarren4

Passengers need to be told to lift the seats before they get off the train because they will probably find their missing wallets, cell phones, money etc and the cushions are easy to lift and put back-maybe a sign in the care and from the employees making the announcements . Last thing-please issue the crews walkie talkies so they are not constantly making announcements that interrupt passengers trying to talk to each other, or on are the phone-the announcements are very irritating and do not effect us so we don't want to hear them especially when the crew starts thinking they are so very funny (they are not) only absolutely necessary comments like safety info should be made.  We had the dining hall and snackbar driving us nuts not being funny or informative but really stupid. People were getting mad and not thinking nice thoughts. Most of the time we could not hear some of them but only enough to know someone was saying something but no idea of what. The emergency buttons at the seats and restroom have never worked-please give them a priority. I plan to do my 19th round trip on TX Eagle and throwing in Chicago since grandkids are visiting there so it will be Los Angeles to Mineola, TX , then to Chicago , and Chicago to Los Angeles.  If I can get the money together along with my VeteransAdvantage discount it will only be 340.00 for the whole trip.


annewarren4
annewarren4

Some people cannot stop coughing-it is part of their disability such as reflux asthma, reflux itself, congestive lung disease and repetitive bronchitis/pneumonia and numerous other problems and sleep apnea. Some of the people use CPAP to try to mediate that problem but the machine does make a little noise-you cannot expect a person to not use public transportation and be a housebound prisoner due to illness. Be more concerned with the people that feel free to stay up all night on their cell phones and poand rn movies without earphones even being told  before as part of the train rules speech-I have had people indulge on all these behaviors including a "sweet little lady" who was the most vicious passenger I had ever met who indulged in racist comments and demanded services every 3-5 minutes and the final act on part of the trip-where we got to San Antonio-put out a very false report against our crewmember claiming he had molested her=totally impossible since he was loading and unloading luggage at the time in front of passengers but his supervisor ripped him up one side and down the other without even asking anyone if it had happened.  She tried to pull the same crap on the new crew-but happily they put her in her place-to her all blacks were there to serve and she made it obvious-she demanded that he risk his life at 3am and walk to Dennys (a mile away) and get her coffee.   That was just the start.  next comment-I have never seen a "quiet car" on TX Eagle-and no one supervises their kids on the train despite the serious possibility of the kid being molested in the "LOCKED restrooms-or the risk of kidnap or falling off the train.  1 train the door did not close as we were speeding down the track several yrs ago-fun part is trying to catch the kid and have him yell that he was being kidnapped by "the rescurer" .  The crews need to keep going car to car at night (I know that they are tired) but that is when problems start including when most passengers asleep -others could be molesting them or sleeping kids and also catch the ones who insist on making loud calls after 10pm and use their speakers and calling everyone they know and yell every sentence into the phone-then have to tell everyone in the car what was said as if we care.  The crew needs to be there because esp In disabled cars and probably the rest of the car-the call buttons do not work.  So passengers have to search for crew and the lower level people have a hard time with steps.  Kids run up and down the stairs at all hours and endanger the disabled-they chose to flood 3 out of 5 bathrooms and throw in all the paper cups and tp  and including putting the large trashbins in the disabled bathrooms so they cannot get it and have an accident.  Maybe 1 extra staff could be on the train to relieve the others and do the night time walkarounds so passengers are protected.  I travel on TX Eagle at least twice a year roundtrip and see all sorts of bad behavior by passengers and usually canuse not find a crew member to handle it-even when 2 male passengers nearly came to blows because one was watching a series of porn videos without earphones and the other man wanted to stop it so the women In the car didn't have to hear it-he was getting so agitated that I had to try to get up the stairs and find a crewman -and especially good one and he came down and settled the problem quickly and the guy wore earphones the rest of the trip. We get a lot of great crews on the TX Eagle but they are so overworked with tasks that they don't get to actually answer any train questions from kids who will the passengers of tomorrow and make them want to ride trains.  Passengers getting on after midnight should be placed elsewhere-like a 2nd car until about 7-8am and then moved in so others can get the sleep that their tickets paid for -the newer ones have to get settled, get their luggage put away, find their meds, find the bathroom, do whatever and they manage to wake everyone in the process repeatedly-many passengers are doing their work projects during the day and students are doing papers and have earned their night sleep but these late night pickups show no restraint in loud voices and making demands of the crew and sleeping passengers.  Last trip-2 females were told to just get on and sit in 2 particular seats till 5am when others would get off-it was 3am.  They carried on so badly an were extremely rude and stupid and the seats were 1 by me and 1 right in front of me-they could hold hands they were so close.  They got on and loudly yelled to everyone that 1 was disabled and wanted 2 seats-the entire lower level car we were on was all disabled-so really stupid.  I had already put on my leg braces and CPAP and was at the window side to make it easy for her but that was not enough. She kept whining and instead of being thrown off as she should be-the crew finally asked me and another lady who was quite elderly and was in a lot of pain from the same surgery I had with doctor orders to keep level to avoid clots and swelling to rearrange and sit together and give the crybabies my seat-for the other passengers sake I tried but the poor older lady was too sore so I went to try to sleep in the dressing room-no good so I went to the back floor and attempted at 66 to get on the floor and late got up all bruised. BTW-the 2nd that that creature got her way she was all smiles and all her medical woes just disappeared, It happens so often with the late night pickups that they really need a separate section just for late night pickups.  It would be nice if Amtrak and Metrolink would get together and agree that when a train comes in at hours like 3-6am to let them sleep in or get breakfast till about 7-8am because it is very difficult to get the kids and babies up and organized at 5am to get everything together with all the babies crying and kids upset and adults cranky from all the racket. Then they could feed the passengers and they get off in a more positive manner and wanting to ride Amtrak again-a lot of the people have been repeatedly wakened by the late arrivals and had no real sleep and are unfit to get into a car to drive in heavy traffic. The train would be empty by 8 and there would be plenty of time still to clean the train for the next run . Amtrak needs to be more customer orientated but the passengers need to be more considerate of the crew and fellow passengers. We lost the best employee Amtrak ever put on the TX Eagle because of the 1st lady I commented on-we protected his job but that lady was so vicious that he transferred over to San Franccisco and we never saw him again-if anyone rides on that route-please ask for Albert and tell him TX Eagle misses him -he was great to me and my kids and grandkids and all the other passengers.


ShannonFlynn
ShannonFlynn

"Stop coughing?" Right. Cause an involuntary response to something trapped in your lungs is something we all have the power to control. LOL! Agreed that it would be NICE if folks wouldn't cough loudly, but if I'm faced with the decision not to annoy people or to suffocate to death? Sorry, folks. (Overall, excellent rules though.)  ;-)

steamtrain6868
steamtrain6868

When displaying PDAs or just making out with your seat partner try to limit your affections to G rated stuff anything more upgrade to a room and BTW Amtrak does have champain service

CherylLovelace
CherylLovelace

I like #1 but consideration should be all the time. I don't want to hear someone else's conversation throughout the entire train ride. Also conversations between passengers traveling together should be between them . I don't want to hear your entire conversation. Don't allow children to run up and down the aisles in business class.

KevinLarkin
KevinLarkin

Number 1 is especially important when traveling in coach overnight. I wish every conductor would enforce this.


GrahamDavis
GrahamDavis

I am definitely for limited phone calls, especially in business class.  We don't mind short calls to the office, but can not stand those who use business class to spend their time to gossip with friends while the rest of us are trying to work.  Please have some respect for the others around you!

aliciatx
aliciatx

Can I bring snacks on the train for  a LD ride?

SaundraJacksonWorst
SaundraJacksonWorst

Look behind you before putting your seat back in case the passenger behind you is reaching down to get something.  Having your head hit by a reclining seat is no fun!

RhodecE
RhodecE

Im all in for the "singles cars"


BostonChica
BostonChica

Use your cell phone only for necessary conversations and not the entire train ride! No one wants to hear the endless chatter of a one-sided conversation for hours on end!

GJTigger
GJTigger

Silence your phone completely so it won't beep with every key press; if you must wake to an alarm, set it on vibrate; if you're falling asleep close your laptop/DVD player; please close the curtains before falling asleep; if seats say they're reserved for parties of two or more and you are a party of one then please don't sit there.

annewarren4
annewarren4

@andrine48 The biggest problem is the irresponsible parents who refuse to do their job and go to the restroom WITH their kids. On 1 trip the little bastards flooded 33 out of 5 bathrooms, filled the toilets with all the tp and paper cups and deliberately made sure the floors were wet. The restroom they are not allowed to use-they push the large trash bins into so people in  wheelchairs cannot get in and are embarrassed with wetting themselves-only people in the disabled car should have access to that restroom and have a key to get in and out-have them sign for the key and then only they can use it.  The parents are too damn lazy to supervise their kids and should be taken off the train if their kids get in trouble. The teens are just as bad and do as much or more damage. I have seen them rip posters off the walls with no concern of taking any penalty. They boarded in FL and there were no adults to control them-they freely interrupted other passengers, took some kids restricted meds and shared a young girl and were totally obnoxious-They finally got off in AZ and we never did get an employee who was not running like his head was cut off with the too many tasks he had to do to report the teens actions-so they go off scott free instead of jail.  There are too few crewmembers having to do too many tasks and that needs to be changed.  On various trips I have seen or heard of teens bragging that they had picked specific clothes to make it easier to steal from other passengers, threw the accident flashers in the drinking car which they no longer seem to have, run up and down the stairs sending disabled passengers in losing their balance and risking injuries, seen the younger go to the restrooms without adults and become fair game for traveling molesters who can easily grab them to assault in the LOCKED bathrooms, and worse. No excuse for adults to not be with their kids at any time.  There should be an entertainment car on the train with videos, box games, books etc so parents and kids can occupy themselves safely.  Maybe a short stop every several hours to let them run their butts off for everyone's sake-maybe ID tags that match parent and child in case they wander esp with lazy parents.  I make a point of  bringing TP with me because of the waste and am so sorry for the crew having to do with these 2 legged animals.  My kids were always tightly watched and are now full adults who do the same with their kids. 


annewarren4
annewarren4

@steamtrain6868 I was on TX Eagle and the passengers don't know that the dressing rooms outside door does not lock-just the bathroom part in inside-so I knocked no answer-so I opened the door and there was a full on sexual session going on and they were totally unaware that the door was open-a kid could have walked in-I closed the door and tried to find a crewmember to let them be aware of fact the door does not lock and they would be a major entertainment feature for other passengers. They were more than a little affectionate. Rather interesting trip.


annewarren4
annewarren4

@KevinLarkin in our car the crew came to us and said if you have any problems we will be in the dining car and we never saw anyone till the next morning.

annewarren4
annewarren4

@aliciatx you can bring the whole grocery store if you like and it fits in the luggage or snack carriers-usually you can bring your own food, buy snacks on the train or even buy a full meal. Fill your luggage if you like-they will not microwave for you or for baby bottles. You can get on the Amtrak site and look of the meals and prices for snacks and meals-it is very helpful. The chicken dinner is 17.95 and the best.  There are separate kids meals too.  If you have a .99 store-stock up on all the snacks you want-it is a lot cheaper than buying on the train. The Amtrak site can answer almost all your questions and if you call in the evening the people from Amtrak  when you call about tickets are very helpful-don't waste your time on "Julie" she is an idiot and cannot grasp the concept of yes vs no etc-just say agent or hit 0 and you get a human and they are helpful.  good luck.


Amtrak
Amtrak moderator

@GJTigger Great advice! You're making us want to do another post with even MORE #TrainManners.

steamtrain6868
steamtrain6868

@annewarren4 @steamtrain6868 

Well Anne...Email me a pic and some contact info and perhaps we can plan some G rated "Stuff" I am into BBW because as you know you need the extra cushions to snuggle up with on these long train trips 

annewarren4
annewarren4

@KevinLarkin we had the same problem and they really need to have a crew member check in once In a while esp when new passengers board-they are usually loud and make no effort to let others sleep and on my last trip-one lady made the last night of our travel on TX Eagle hell by getting on with a friend after 2am and after being told to sit in 2 specific seats till 5-6pm when others would be getting off. Instead she made a loud announcement that "SHE WAS DISABLED AND NEEDED 2 SEATS TOGETHER" even after the crew told her what to do-they were put in 1 seat by me and 1 right in front of it where they could even hold hands.  She kept carrying on and angering people and should have been thrown off but the crew caved and asked me to me and sit by another lady who had had the same surgery I did and was in a lot of pain. I went to the dressing room and tried to rest-no luck so I went on the floor-at 66 with leg surgery it was very painful. BTW as soon as spoiled brat got her way-she grinned and all her suffering was immediately cured.  The under the influence  guy was also allowed on board and even in the disabled car even though his only disability was that he was either drunk or under the influence-who caused trouble all the way to TX under the influence and finally passed out after threatening a 70 y/o lady who told him that it was past the quiet time and to quiet down from his obscene phone calls and let others sleep. The crew was In the dining car and the upstairs people do not .like to be "involved" and most of the downstairs people could not get up the stairs to let the crew know there was a problem.  The crew (maybe an extra ) who supplements the other crew members needs to travel the train and get a problem solved before it comes to blows-FIX THE ALARM CALL BUTTONS so we can get help. Courts can be very expensive and Amtrak can lose a lot of money if not shown to be proactive.  Thank you.


annewarren4
annewarren4

@Amtrak @GJTigger please actually read these comments and actually put them in place-we have made several comments many times by writing, calling, texting, telling crews etc for yrs and nothing changed-esp please of all things FIX THE CHAIRSIDE AND BATHROOM ALARM BUTTONS-the light that says it is occupied works but the one that says the occupant is having a heart attack does not work. I have NEVER seen the chairside alarm buttons work-that trip in November that the guy was under the influence started threatening to push the button and get all the elderly and disabled people thrown off only resulted In flat out laughter from us because only a 1st timer would use that as a threat-everyone else knew the buttons have never worked.

steamtrain6868
steamtrain6868

@Amtrak @GJTigger 

Please limit your affections with your partner to just a kiss and a hug and anything "more" Upgrade to a roomete

Amtrak
Amtrak moderator

@annewarren4 We apologize for your negative experience onboard one of our trains. Please email us at social@amtrak.com and provide your name and reservation number so we can look into repairing the alarm malfunctions you describe above.

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