Hi all. Trip coming up in July. Hoping you can help confirm a few things re: the Cascades to Vancouver BC, based on your experiences.
1 [ BAG STORAGE ]
Per Amtrak app, supposed to be available at both stations $10/item for ticketed passengers. Anyone done it? Assuming it is only meant for a ticket for travel the same day?
2 [ PRE-TRIP ARRIVAL ]
Per Amtrak app, at least 30 min. prior to departure. Website says an hour if crossing the border. How much earlier does boarding usually start before departure for coach? Would an hour before be better for seating? Necessary in summer?
3 [ SEATING ]
Northbound to Vancouver, we want to be seated on the left side of the train facing its front for the better views. At check-in, you have to specify this to someone? Likelihood of getting this?
Any other tips appreciated. Thank you.