Posts Tagged: Amtrak 101

Train Lesson Plan for Middle Schoolers

Train Lesson Plan for Middle Schoolers

Recently, together with Google, Amtrak launched a cool interactive tool that lets our customers track their train across the U.S. That’s also great news for teachers who are looking to bring their transportation lessons to life in the classroom. Did we mention, kids ride for half price? We’ve created a cross-curriculum train lesson plan for middle school students requiring them ...

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Welcome to Our New Design!

Welcome to Our New Design!

It’s a New Year, and a new Amtrak Blog! All your favorite elements are improving and we got rid of what you didn’t like. Here’s what you can experience on our new completely redesigned site! More Photos You come to our blog for info. Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a cross country family vacation, you have real questions about ...

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What is Catenary Wire?

What is Catenary Wire?

The polar vortex continues to sweep the country and record low temperatures are being reported from the Midwest to the Southeast and Northeast. What does this mean for Amtrak trains running along the Northeast and Keystone corridors? These two services are powered by an overhead wire system called a catenary system. The catenary system provides electrical power to these trains, ...

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How to Get Text Alerts for Your Train

How to Get Text Alerts for Your Train

When you book a ticket, you have the option to receive text alerts straight to your mobile device. These alerts send updates of delays right to the palm of your hand. Here's how text alerts work: When you book your tickets at Amtrak.com, click to receive text alerts and put in the number to the phone you will be traveling ...

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Expert Packing Tips for Holiday Train Travel

Expert Packing Tips for Holiday Train Travel

Take it from us at Amtrak. If you're traveling by train this holiday season, you're going to need a packing strategy. Here are 5 most important packing tips you need to know about what to bring and how to bring it this travel season! 1. There's a 50 lb. limit The good news is you can bring two 50 lb. bags ...

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Top 10 Holiday Travel Tips

Top 10 Holiday Travel Tips

This holiday season, it's easy to have a stress-free trip. Follow these 10 holiday travel tips to arrive relaxed and refreshed this holiday! 1. Set a Meeting Place If you're planning to meet someone at the train station, use the Amtrak app or Train Status function on Amtrak.com to keep them updated about your arrival time and train number. A true expert tip: ...

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Happy Festive Flashback Friday!

Happy Festive Flashback Friday!

We can't go all the way back to Plymouth, Mass., this Thanksgiving, but our 1980s dining car is just as good for Flashback Friday! For the 42-year history of Amtrak, our dining cars have been a special feature on our long-distance trains. Not only are they the hub of activity, they're also great for special holidays like today. Depending on where ...

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Paws for a Sec: Meet an Amtrak Police Dog

Paws for a Sec: Meet an Amtrak Police Dog

Meet Zorro, one of our more than 50 K9 explosive detection dogs that help keep you safe. When we caught up with Zorro, he was taking a break at the Auburn University training facility. Each explosive-detection team (K-9 and officer) undergoes an 11-week training program at either Auburn University or the TSA facility at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where the dogs ...

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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Your votes have been tallied from the far corners of Twitter, Facebook and Google+! The winner of this week's Photo of the Week is Ben, who snapped this beautiful pic from an observation car looking out over the Puget Sound! What makes the observation cars so cool is that they have floor to ceiling windows, giving them their nickname "sightseer lounges." They bring daydreaming out ...

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Thanksgiving Travel Made Easy

Thanksgiving Travel Made Easy

This Thanksgiving, it's easy to have a stress-free trip. Follow these 10 Thanksgiving travel tips to arrive relaxed and refreshed this holiday! 1. Wear Comfortable Clothes We're not talking full-on pajamas, but breathable, stretchy clothing will make your train trip more enjoyable. Another piece of expert advice? Wear comfortable, light shoes. Shoes are required at all times, so it's important ...

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5 Steps to E-Voucher Happiness

5 Steps to E-Voucher Happiness

Want some news you can use? Here's the quick, easy way to redeem your eVoucher! eVouchers are electronic certificates that hold value for Amtrak travel. You may receive an eVoucher if you have to cancel an existing reservation, if you downgrade a reservation or if you fail to make your train. If you have an eVoucher that is burning a ...

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Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars

Coming Soon: New Long Distance Cars

You love taking the train (we're looking at you, our 31.6 million riders!) and we love working to improve your travel experience. That’s why we’re bringing 130 new single-level long distance cars to the rails by 2014. Manufactured by CAF USA in Elmira, N.Y., these new passenger cars have a little bit of everything and a whole lot of improvements. We ...

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10 Tips for Sleeping Overnight in Coach

So you have your long-distance ticket but you need a few tips on how to get the most out of the over-night hours. You're in luck! It IS possible to sleep in a coach seat. Our wide reclining chairs with tons of legroom and adjustable footrests will have you sleeping like a ... well ... you know. 1. Bring a ...

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If You See Something, Text Something

Thanks to the new APD11 Txt-a-Tip program, customers can now text message the Amtrak Police Department’s National Communications Center straight from their cell phones when they travel. The new system is quick and easy. Simply report suspected criminal or suspicious activity by sending a text to APD11 from a smartphone or to 27311 from a standard cell phone, and an officer ...

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Your Top 7 Train Manners

Your Top 7 Train Manners

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 ...

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