Amtrak Amfleet Trains
Amtrak Amfleet trains were first introduced in the 1970s and 1980s, and are generally used outside of the Western United States. The trains offer a rounded experience, apparently due to the designers' desire to emulate the shape of aircraft.
Amfleet trains may consist of a combination of different carriages, including:
- Regional Coach Class;
- Regional Business Class;
- Club Dinettes (business class seats, snack bar and tables);
- Full Dinettes (tables either side of snack bar, with standard seating); and
- Diner-Lites (tables and snack bar).
All Amfleet carriages are air-conditioned, and seats have drop-down tables. Depending on the route you are travelling on, you may or may not have a choice of Business Class and Standard/Coach Class (some routes do not offer a Business Class).
Coach Class seats are wide and comfortable, and have a drop-down table integrated into the seat in front. All seats recline, have individual reading light and access to electrical sockets.
Business Class is available on most short and medium distance trains. Seats are wide and comfortable, and offer more legroom than Standard Class. All seats recline, have fold-down trays, individual reading lights and access to power sockets.
Luggage & Facilities
Passengers are permitted to travel with up to three items of checked-in baggage, and up to two items of carry-on baggage. Check-in items must be registered at least 30 minutes before the train's scheduled departure. Upon arrival, checked-in luggage will generally be available within 30 minutes, although this process can take up to 60 minutes. Carry-on items exclude handbags, laptops, briefcases etc. All hand luggage must be tagged with the passenger's name and address.
Amfleet trains have space for luggage above and beneath each seat.
Some trains have bike racks to take fully assembled bicycles. As these spaces are limited, advanced reservation is suggested. The routes operating the Bicycle Service include:
- Capitol Corridor;
- San Joaquin;
- Pacific Surfliner (excluding trains 798/799);
- Downstate Illinois Service;
- Missouri River Runner;
- Downeaster; and
Those that do not have dedicated spaces may offer to take your bicycle as checked-in baggage (subject to an additional $5 charge). Checked-in bikes must be at the station at least one hour before departure, and must be transported in suitable bike boxes. These can be bought at the station if required ($15) per box. Checked-in bicycles will usually be required to be disassembled.
Folding bicycles may be taken on-board as hand luggage, although only one folding bicycle per person will be allowed. Folded bicycles should be stored in the luggage storage areas at the end of the car (lower level).
Food & Drink
Most Amfleet services operate with an on-board snack bar. These offer passengers a variety of snack-type food (hot and cold), as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The cafe accepts debit and credit cards, as well as cash (US $).
Accessible seating is available in both Coach and Business Classes for those in wheelchairs or with mobility impairments. These seats offer a greater amount of space, allowing passengers to get from their wheelchairs into the seat. Wheelchairs may be stored nearby. Alternatively, passengers with wheelchairs may remain seated in them in the designated space, althoug there are no wheelchair lockdown devices fitted.