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John from Olathe, KS on 2/18/2021 11:20:41 AM:
Can you take a boxed bike from Buffalo to Schenectady on Amtrak?

wnybubba from Bflo/ROC on 2/18/2021 2:10:37 PM:
John, Although there has been a fair amount of discussion on this forum about train service between NYS cities and towns, it appears that visiting the Amtrak website gives straightforward answers to your question. It is my understanding that Schenectady and Depew (Buffalo suburb) are "roll-on" stations (reservations for available racks required). Therefore, it would be my assumption based on the following information that you should be able to load/unload a boxed bike at either station. Here is the Amtrak website info: (You're welcome!) FROM AMTRAK SITE ( Bicycles may be checked on Amtrak between all cities where checked baggage is offered. Not all trains or locations are equipped to handle checked baggage. Find your station(s) to see if this service is available. Bicycles/bicycle trailers may be checked in a bicycle container for $10, in lieu of a piece of baggage. Bicycle boxes are sold at most staffed locations for $15 per box. Customers may supply their own bicycle container. Recumbent, tandem, and special bicycles over the standard bicycle dimensions and will not fit in a standard bicycle box are prohibited. Gas-powered motorized bicycles are prohibited The fee for checking a bike as baggage is $10.00. This is subject to change without notice. Check your bicycle at the station at least an hour before departure. Bicycles/bicycle trailers may be checked in a bicycle container for $10.00, in lieu of a piece of baggage. Bicycle boxes are sold at most staffed locations for $15.00 per box. Bicycles must be partially disassembled in order to fit in an Amtrak bicycle box. Loosen and turn the handlebars sideways, and remove the pedals. Amtrak does not supply tools for disassembling. It may be helpful to disassemble and reassemble your bike before your trip to avoid any surprises. Some parts, especially pedals, may be especially difficult to remove. Attach your name and address to the box.

lenny from Blairsville on 2/20/2021 7:27:16 AM:
After much research. and discussion wit Amtrak agents: roll up service is offered at Albany/Rensselaer. No box necessary, bike goes into baggage car. $20.00 baggage fee to be paid when purchasing ticket. Detraining can only take place at stations that handle baggage. In my case Buffalo Depew.

wnybubba from Bflo-Roc on 2/20/2021 10:01:34 PM:
@lenny... The question was with regard to Boxed bikes, not roll-up service. Not that your research was incorrect, just not relative to the posed question.

lenny from Blairsville on 2/22/2021 7:49:23 AM:
Sorry for that comment. Thought you were just looking for transport west. I,ve done this many times in many places. some Amtrak service requires boxing and others do not.