its kind of a big countrysaddle tramp said:According to the Slamtrak website there are accomidatrions on some trains for your bike. Does anyone have experience on Amtrak w/bike?
I've called the 800 number and inquiried about taking the bike on the train. For the routes I was inquiring about, the bike could only be transported as checked luggage in a box. The policy varies by train route. Some routes have on train accomodations (east coast mostly I think), others have luggage car racks that you don't have to box or disassemble for, and others are checked and boxed only. You have to ask which is applicable for where you are getting on and off. I think the kind of services available at the stations you will board and depart makes a difference but I never got far enough into the planning to understand it.saddle tramp said:According to the Slamtrak website there are accomidatrions on some trains for your bike. Does anyone have experience on Amtrak w/bike?
Yep, I think they can do bikes as checked luggage between two full service stations cheaply and well.PinarelloFan said:I went from w. palm beach fla. to nyc ... They boxed the bike at the station . 10 bucks . got there safe and sound .
I live in Phoenix, arguably one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Country, and we have no Amtrak rail service. If I wanted, I could get on one of their busses to take me 2 hours North on the road to Flagstaff, and catch a rail car, then take an 8 hour (est) rail ride to LA.PdxMark said:Cascade Express trains, which run between Eugene, OR and somewhere north of Seattle, have hooks for hanging bikes at a cost of $5. It's a great way to do a one-way ride... train to the start & ride back, or vice versa.
Keep us posted on what you find out. There is the commuter train between Milwaukee and Chicago from what I understand, then it looks like one or two routes to Kansassaddle tramp said:I would be boarding in Sturtevant Wis then on to Chicago then on to Hutchinson Kansas and round trip back. I'll have to call the 1-800 number.
I'm thinking of getting a travel case for the bike, but I'm sure they can get pricy. Something I could check on planes too.
All of the Talgo train sets have bike racks. They're mainly used on the east coast and in the PNW.PdxMark said:Cascade Express trains, which run between Eugene, OR and somewhere north of Seattle, have hooks for hanging bikes at a cost of $5.