Here you see 4 bikes hanging neatly on the wall.
A rider removes his pannier bags before loading his bike.
Amtrak is offering "Bring Your Bike Onboard the Train" service (aka Walk-On Bicycle Service) for select stops on the Capitol Limited. For an extra $20 on top of your ticket price, you can secure your bicycle in a specially equipped bike rack then ride in comfort to the start or end of your bicycle tour. Because there are only 8 racks per train, make your plans and reservations early. Some trail visitors report this service fills up weeks in advance. Plan ahead, book early!
Go to Amtrak reservation to make your reservations or contact an agent at Amtrak customer service 800-872-7245
Watch this video to see how easily the racks work.
Amtrak has added a velcro strap on the stabilizing arm for easy attachment to your bicycle frame. It's a good idea to remove panniers and heavy bags from your bike before you board. There is unsecured luggage space in the bicycle car or you can take your gear with you to your seat. The luggage room is locked so no one can have access to your bike (and bags, if you leave them) during transit.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting decrease in travel demand, most Amtrak long distance routes will operate tri-weekly beginning in October 2020. All stations along these routes will be operated on days when Amtrak service is offered. Tri-weekly service will begin on the following routes: Capitol Limited (Washington, DC – Chicago): Begins week of October 5
For information overall about Amtrak's "Bring Your Bike Onboard the Train" click HERE or click image below: