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Report: Cord Found Wrapped Around Accelerator Of Runaway Boston Train

We knew it: the Boston commuter train that left the station with a driver yesterday didn’t suddenly become self-aware and decide to drive off all on its own. Instead, investigators reportedly found a cord wrapped around the train’s accelerator. [More]

Amtrak Allowing Pets On Busy Northeast Regional Trains For $25

Amtrak Allowing Pets On Busy Northeast Regional Trains For $25

Nearly a year and a half after launching a pilot program in Illinois that allowed train travelers for the first time to bring along their small pets – much like they do when traveling by plane – Amtrak will expand this option to one of its busiest routes. [More]

(Northwest dad)

Amtrak Will Now Start Enforcing Baggage Limits

If you’ve been hopping on trains with big loads of luggage and gleefully stowing it Amtrak’s baggage compartments, you’re going to need to curb your tendency to over pack: starting Oct. 1, Amtrak will start enforcing its baggage weight limits, handing out fees to those hauling more than their fair share onboard.

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Amtrak Extends Service That Allows Passengers To Walk Bikes Onboard

When you’ve already cruised the highways and byways of your hometown, the idea of a bike trip in another state can certainly be appealing — there are new hills to vanquish, deep forests or vast deserts waiting to be discovered on two wheels and long stretches of road to zoom on. To help folks who need to travel to hook up with popular bike trails and routes, Amtrak is expanding its service that lets passengers bring their bikes onboard trains.

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Amtrak Funding Bill Approved By House Includes Provision Allowing Pets On Trains

After embarking on a trial allowing dogs and cats to travel on some trains along with their owners last spring, it seems Amtrak could soon have pet cars on all its trains nationwide. In a bill passed by the House that approved Amtrak funding, legislators rewrote the rules regarding furry companions riding the rails.

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Guy Probably Won’t Forget The Time He Left A $1.25M Piece Of Art On The Train

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We’ve all had that no good, very bad commuting day, when nothing seems to go your way. But while normal woes include traffic jams, heinously crowded subway cars and missed buses, an art collector in Switzerland had the worst kind of transit trouble one might imagine — he got off a train and forgot to bring a $1.24 million piece of 13th century artwork with him. Oops.

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Police: Please Stop Pooping On Roofs Of Passing Trains

Police: Please Stop Pooping On Roofs Of Passing Trains

The police in Uxbridge, Massachusetts have a request. Someone out there is standing on train bridges and defecating on passing locomotives, and the police would like these people to stop. [More]

(Northwest dad)

Amtrak Allowing Pets On Certain Trains In New Trial Program

Trains! Such adorable little vestiges of a golden era gone by, so rich in quaint customs like not allowing pets onboard, even as those young upstart airlines have accepted furry friends for decades. But Amtrak is possibly going to change that, with a new trial policy of allowing dogs and cats on trains — but just on certain routes for now. [More]

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One Little Snake On A Train Means All Passengers Have To Get Off

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of passengers on mass transportation quite like a slithery reptile, thanks to the movie that started it all, Snakes on a Plane. And because “plane” rhymes with “train,” of course a story about a train being evacuated due to a snake is going to catch the eye. [More]

Train Jumps Tracks And Climbs Escalator At Chicago O’Hare Airport, Injuring Dozens

Train Jumps Tracks And Climbs Escalator At Chicago O’Hare Airport, Injuring Dozens

A convenient feature of Chicago’s O’Hare airport for many travelers is the Blue Line train that runs directly to the airport, providing an easy way to get to your flight without too much hassle. But there was plenty of hassle involved yesterday when one of those trains jumped a barrier at the end of the tracks and went up the escalator that leads to the terminals, injuring dozens. [More]

Amtrak Is Now Officially Taking Applications For Its Writers’ Residency Program

Amtrak Is Now Officially Taking Applications For Its Writers’ Residency Program

What a difference a few weeks and a bunch of writers who want a free roundtrip train ride can make: After Amtrak’s initial writers’ residency stirred up interest at the end of February, Amtrak has officially unveiled its program and is now accepting applications. [More]

Being "Educated" Doesn't Mean You're Exempt From Being Polite

Being "Educated" Doesn't Mean You're Exempt From Being Polite

The best way to deal with being told to quiet down and watch your language on the phone while riding the rails is probably not to n pull out the “I’m educated so I’m not doing anything wrong” card and continue to yell and disrupt the rides of others. One woman did just that last week on a Metro North train out of New York City.

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Cops Remove Nonstop Cellphone Talker From Amtrak

Cops Remove Nonstop Cellphone Talker From Amtrak

A woman boarded one of Amtrak’s “quiet cars” – special train cars set up where cellphone use and other loud noises are verboten – and proceeded to talk loudly for 16 hours on the moving train on her cellphone before police removed her.

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Train Station Closes Bathroom To Public, Pisses Off Passengers

Train Station Closes Bathroom To Public, Pisses Off Passengers

A scrawled note scotch-taped to the New Rochelle train station in New York tells passengers that they better hold it. The city has decided that’s it too expensive to keep the bathrooms open. The recession takes its toll on your toilet.

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Freight Railways Working All The Live Long Day To Overcharge You

Freight Railways Working All The Live Long Day To Overcharge You

Hey, collective American society — did you ever wonder why that $3 billion in change sitting on your dresser went missing? The answer is rail companies made off with it. A May Consumer Federation of America study found that freight rail monopolies cost Americans that much because they were able to charge unfair prices due to the convenient lack of competition. The Journal of Commerce reports:

Amtrak Ticket System Failure Nationwide

Amtrak Ticket System Failure Nationwide

Readers and Twitterers report Amtrak’s ticketing systems are down nationwide. Tickets are being handwritten and they’re letting you purchase onboard. Maybe their computers heard that Biden was about to announce a $1.3billion infusion and simply freaked the freak out? (Photo: mbeldyk)

Delta Tries To Get On Board Train Craze By Hijacking Google

Delta Tries To Get On Board Train Craze By Hijacking Google

With all the talk about trains in recent days, reader Zach decided to do some quick Googling to check out some train ticket prices. He typed in “cheap train tickets” and what do you know? Oh, hello Delta! We didn’t know you were in the train business now. Let’s click on your link on the small hope that maybe there’s a train ticket discount or some sort of…nope, same old Delta. Zach’s letter, inside…

9 Reasons Why Trains Are Better Than Planes

9 Reasons Why Trains Are Better Than Planes

It may take longer to get there, a lot longer, depending on your destination, but Ecogeek has found 9 reasons why traveling on trains is better than traveling on planes. No security delays, more legroom and no baggage handlers to lose your luggage is just the beginning. Check out one of our favorite reasons, inside…