Amtrak Superliner II Baggage Cars
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The Baggage Cars are the train cars without windows usually located
directly after the locomotives.
Each person is allowed to check up to 3 pieces of luggage weighing
up to 50 pounds each. This is a change from a prior policy of up to
2 pieces of up to 75 pounds each. At some stations you can check
baggage in the station and at other places you check you baggage at
the platform. Not all stations handle checked baggage. If you plan
to check baggage, be sure your destination accepts checked baggage!
If not, your baggage will remain on the train and continue on after
you have gotten off! Stops which handle and don't handle checked
baggage are listed on the train schedule and you can also ask at
the train station or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.
You are also allowed to carry-on up to 2 suitcases per passenger.
You will have easy access to your carry-on lugange. Unlike a plane,
you can carry-on 2 full-sized suitcases and expect to have access
to them during your trip!
Note that Amtrak will not ship pets or any other live animals. The
only animals allowed on the train are those necessary to aid a
Amtrak will also not let you check any baggage that contains any type
of electronic equipment, but they will let you hand-carry it on board.
They do not want the liability of anything breaking.
Sometimes you will see what appears to be many many baggage cars on
your train. First time I saw them, I couldn't understand why so many
baggage cars would be needed for so few people! It turns out that
many of these are not cars for regular baggage. Usually one car,
two cars at most, is enough for all the checked baggage on one train.
The other cars hold U.S.Mail and Express Packages. Amtrak hauls a lot
of second class mail and also provides express delivery of packages
to most stations in its system. These Mail Cars are built special to
travel at the higher speeds achieved by passenger trains. Freight
trains do not travel at these higher speeds. Thus, the cars on freight
trains do not have to be built to the specifications needed to travel
at the higher speeds of Amtrak trains.
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