Elwood from Chicago on 9/12/2011 12:41:43 AM:
The trains along the Katy trail, Missouri River Runner, have carry-on baggage only. They do not have checked bags. Amtrak written policy requires any carry-on to be less than 28”x22”x14” and less than 50 pounds. Bicycles require a special separate ticket, currently ten dollars, every train you board. Kirkwood to St Louis, less than half hour trip, is ten dollars. Chicago to St Louis, over five hour trip, is ten dollars. Amtrak allows only so many bike tickets per train. No bike ticket, you cannot board the train. I asked a Chicago Amtrak employee if I could buy a second bike ticket for my bike trailer, answer was no. That is the written policy.
How carry-on bikes normally work: You do not box your bike. You just wheel it on the train. Normally you just stand the bike in an open area in back of car behind the seats. That is the norm on Missouri River Runner. On other trains, depending on conductor instructions, you may have to remove front wheel and turn handle bars sideways and place it in an overhead rack, I have done that. Twice I was instructed to bungee the bike in the vestibule between the engine and first car, but I was traveling business class with bike.
How carry-on baggage normally works. Seemingly if it is enclosed, looks like a travel case and you can carry it, they allow it on the train. I have seen large gym bags, fly rod cases, poster tubes, folding strollers, non-folding strollers and some huge suitcases that all were over 28 inches in one dimension board the train.
My bike trailer, Performance XPR, is a pivot yoke type single wheel. It folds into its own poorly made dry sack. Folded trailer, small tent and sleeping bag go in the irregular fully enclosed dry sack that fits in a space 36” x 14” x 8” and weighs 26 pounds. Note this exceeds the 28” Amtrak regulation. Amtrak over seat shelves have about 14 inches vertical clearance and 28 inches front to back. The bagged trail