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blackdog
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AMTRAK 'Maple Leaf' New York to Toronto
 
« on: May 24th, 2014, 12:37pm »
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As a Brit who has only (briefly in 1976) been into the USA (Washington state). If I come to New York this summer for a couple of days sightseeing and take the 'Maple Leaf' from NY to Toronto, what do I need to know.....?


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« Reply #1 on: May 24th, 2014, 5:25pm »
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Pretty ride, up the Hudson Valley most of it.
 
Looks like a fairly early (0715) departure from NYC Penn Station and arrival at 1942. From AMTRAK page on the train:
 
Amtrak Invites You to Go International On Board the Maple Leaf
 
We'll take you from New York City to Canada's equally urbane metropolis, Toronto. Along the way, you'll travel through the beautiful Hudson River Valley, New York's wine country, the incredible gorges of the Finger Lakes region, nearby the dramatic spectacle of Niagara Falls.
 
The Maple Leaf route involves a US/Canadian border crossing and may be subject to delays due to customs and immigration procedures.
 
Obviously, the way things are now, need to keep passport handy.
 
Train services:
 
Service on the Maple Leaf
Coaches:
Reservations required.
 
Business class:
Ticket price includes
non-alcoholic beverages; amenities
available only on U.S. side of the border.
 
Café:
Sandwiches, snacks and beverages.
No Checked Baggage:
Passengers may carry hand baggage on board.
 
This station is operated by VIA Rail Canada. Trains between Niagara
Falls, ON and Toronto are operated by VIA Rail Canada in cooperation
with Amtrak. Through fares/ticketing available.
 
Hope this helps (this is timing after June 9, but the January time table seems to be identical). I have to offer the following caveat: this isn't a train I've ever taken a ride on, though I would like to.


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« Reply #2 on: May 24th, 2014, 6:26pm »
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Make sure you get a window seat on the *left* side of the train, left side when facing the front of the train when leaving New York City. That will get you all the best views..Hudson River valley, Mohawk River valley, views along the Erie canal, city skylines (Albany, Syracuse, Rochester & Buffalo)..you wont be able to see Niagara Falls from the train, but you can look up the gorge toward the falls as you cross over the Niagara River from the USA into Canada. Then you will have views of Lake Ontario from the right side of the train..Left side in the USA, Right side in Canada, if going from NY city to Toronto.
 
Should be a nice ride! I have taken Amtrak from Albany to NY city, very nice ride through the Hudson valley..
 
Scot


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« Reply #3 on: May 25th, 2014, 4:19am »
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Thanks, for those. I've 'done' Niagara Falls from the ground, boat and helicopter, so it's the rest of the journey that's more interesting, particularly as I've hardly been to the USA before. Sumas, Washington, is about as far as you can get from New York in every sense! Did Seattle, briefly and saw the shortline that runs up the Olympic Peninsula to Port Angeles, though (think it used to be Milwaukee Road).


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« Reply #4 on: May 26th, 2014, 2:56pm »
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Have a great time on your visit.

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