I believe it means they just do not have a checked baggage carriage. You just take everything on with you, and put it in the luggage areas (above seats etc)
Exactly-handling your own bags on the train is the only option available. Usually there is plenty of room on the trains to accomodate them. There is free (gratuities encouraged) "Red Cap" service available to assist with luggage within the station should you need it.
I believe that, in addition to the luggage racks above the seats, there are spaces at the ends of some of the cars for larger pieces of luggage.
Thank you. Just in order not to make any mistakes , I will be able to check in my big suitcase I just will not have some one assisting?
The following has been copied from the Amtrak website:
"Checked baggage service is not offered on this train. Make sure to read the guidelines for carry-on baggage when making travel plans. Due to limited space onboard trains we ask that passengers follow the Amtrak Carry-On Baggage policy listed below. Baggage that goes over the restrictions may not be accepted onboard".
How big is your bag? The website does have guidelines as to what can be brought aboard.
Does not matter the size you just have you just have to move it yourself or tip the redcap. Amtrak does not even look at your bags as you don't have to check in. I literally saw a woman one time bring two 28 inch suitcases and a very large duffel bag on a train for just herself. Now the train was not crowded. My train the other day to NYC was full after Philadelphia so I would not encourage three bags per person.
If you are concerned about finding a spot for your bag, just ask at the Amtrak service desk for a "Red Cap". They'll send you a porter to take your luggage to the train and will escort you so you'll be the first to board. (Just tip them for their service). If you're doing this yourself, you have two options for your luggage. One is to put your suitcase in the luggage rack above your seat (think airplane storage) or to keep your bag at the far end of your train car. Each train car has an area with some spare room at one end where people stick their bags that are too large for the overhead shelves. Your bag is FINE there. You don't need to sit within inches of it to protect your stuff
When we use the term checked luggage, it means we give the luggage over to the airline or the train operator, and only pick it up at a baggage carousel at the end of the journey. This is different from carry on luggage which you have to carry the luggage yourself onto the plane or train, and then keep an eye on it yourself. The luggage does not leave you. With Amtrak, you can ask a Red Cap (porter) to assist you with the carry on.
In post #4, you asked to confirm that you can check in your big suitcase. No, you cannot "check in" your big suitcase when they do not have checked luggage service. You can only bring carry on luggage onto the train (and you can tip a Red Cap to assist you with that if you want). Carry on luggage has a size limitation, but usually they do not care as long as you can handle it yourself without creating a big jam for other people, or it is so huge that they feel obligated to intercept you. Generally speaking, 28" or smaller should be fine. 32" or larger may be pushing it.
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