[vcf-midatlantic] train service to VCF-East

Devin Heitmueller devin.heitmueller at gmail.com
Thu Mar 31 11:46:27 EDT 2016

On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 11:40 AM, Ken via vcf-midatlantic
<vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
> At 3/30/2016 02:21 PM, William Dudley via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>> In theory, one could take one's bicycle on the train, and bicycle the 3 or 4
>>> miles from the station to VCF.
> At 3/30/2016 02:22 PM, Christian Liendo via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>>I walked it once, seriously take a cab..
> I've walked it two or three times, after the NJ Transit train from NYC, and it was a really nice walk, along the water and then through nice neighborhoods.  Walked it back from InfoAge at night once, too.  Rolling a suitcase behind me the whole time.  If you're used to walking, it's great.  Just look up the distance ahead of time so you know what you're getting into.
> I always wanted to try taking a bike on the train, but never made it happen.  I remember it being a "bike allowed" route, but can't speak from experience on that.

Regarding bringing bikes onto NJ transit:  It's technically only
allowed if you are stopping at a station that has a dedicated platform
level with the train.  For Belmar you are expected to go down steps,
and hence you're not allowed to exit with a bike at that stop.  The
closest station that exits at a platform is Asbury Park.

I would have assumed this would be the sort of thing conductors would
turn a blind eye to (after all, what's the real harm of bringing a
bike down three steps?), but I actually witnessed a physical
altercation between the conductor and a rider trying to get off at
Belmar with a bike, so at least in some cases they take it *very*


Devin J. Heitmueller

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