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trailer on the AMTRAK

our family is planning a trip to clinton via amtrak with bikes in tow and then riding east to st. charles in august. does anyone know how amenable amtrak is to hauling bike trailers in storage. i'm assuming we have to pay a surcharge, but is it even possible?
posted Jun 22 2004 4:18PM - heidi, st. louis

I didn't understand your question completely. It didn't say where you were coming from, KC? STL? If your getting on the train in St. Louis (Kirkwood) they can haul a few bikes unboxed. Now, one thing- you can't get to Clinton on a train, they pulled the tracks up when they made the KT Trail. The train will take you to Sedalia, and you will have to find a shuttle to Clinton. Let me know, I have some phone numbers. Cost is 22.00/person 10.00 for the bike. You need to make your reservations ASAP. Like yesterday.
posted Jun 22 2004 9:13PM - Jon, St. Louis

It cut the rest of my message off on the last post. Go buy the book, "Katy Trail Guidebook" by Brett Dufur. It has quite a bit of info. Again, I would make your reservations now. Have fun. Check to see that the train your on takes the bike as is, or needs the handlebars parallel to the body of the bike. You shouldn't have to mess with that.
posted Jun 22 2004 9:19PM - Jon, St. Louis

Here is a link to Amtrak's baggage policy, which discusses "Special Items" like strollers, golf bags, and bikes. I would think that a trailer would be just another special item. Just to be sure, you might want to call them at 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
posted Jun 24 2004 1:00PM - Ray (webmaster)

I found "The Complete Katy Trail Guidebook" by Dufur to be a waste of $20. You're honestly better off picking up a brochure at the trailhead and using the town displays. The Amtrak information in the book (what little there is) is out of date and wrong. That said, if anyone wants a like new 7th version of the book I can make quite a deal for you.
posted Jun 24 2004 8:43PM - John

I called and spoke to the AMTRAK reservation/information line and when I asked about traveling with a toddler trailer, they had never been asked such a question. They said I could take the item boxed as long as the dimensions of the box did not exceed 22"x28"x14" and did not weigh more than 50 lbs. The reservationist also noted that there would be a surcharge although we never reached consensus about what that amount would be. I think our family is now leaning towards someone driving us to Clinton...it s
posted Jun 25 2004 7:24AM - heidi, st. louis

...the rest of my comment was cut off. If anyone has traveled from Kirkwood to Sedalia on the train with a toddler trailer I would be interested to hear about your experience. Thanks to everyone for their previous input.
posted Jun 25 2004 7:26AM - heidi, St. Louis

I would like to take the same trip in early October,alone. If you have any info or suggestions I would appreciate them. I plan to rent a bike in St. Louis, Amtrack to Sedalia, ride to Clinton then back to St. Charles. Hopefully a 3-4 day trip. I prefer to stay overnight in lodging and not camp. My email is Bruce@bar-kmortgage.com
Thanks for your help!
posted Aug 18 2004 5:17PM - Bruce, San francisco

Tags: Clinton, St Charles, Sedalia, Lodging, Camping, Route Suggestions, St Louis, Kansas City, Amtrak, Bikes and gear Modify Tags

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