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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    So, basically like an MRE... ...though presumably better-tasting.
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    Could we ask compensation for lack of SSL?

    I'd add in an asterisk here: When it comes to the LD trains, Amtrak has a semi-captive situation (nobody else seems to want to run those trains, even for a fee)...a situation I think they've abused quite a bit over the last few years with various cuts/cut attempts and other antics. As far as...
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    Could we ask compensation for lack of SSL?

    I tend to concur with this (without being a lawyer). Their unwillingness to compensate for previously-booked fares when they dropped dining car service comes to mind as a similarly "problematic" moment (since diner service was advertised on those trains at the time of booking), and IINM they...
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    Could we ask compensation for lack of SSL?

    (1) Cute use of the quote function. I approve. (2) I think the issue is that the courts have, in so many words, ultimately determined that regardless of what Congress might have said in that bill, when you have a "business" that has its Board of Directors appointed by the President (subject to...
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    Could we ask compensation for lack of SSL?

    Nitpick: Those pictures weren't of an SSL. They were of the PPCs on the Coast Starlight.
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    Excellent offer for Amtrak Mastercard

    At last check, BofA allows you to get a "new" card even if you have one of the cards already. I did this with the AGR card a few years ago...I was initially issued two accounts (I got caught up in the computer error when the card first came out). I eventually closed one (but kept the other...
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    Excellent offer for Amtrak Mastercard

    It'll do both. There will be a dip from the credit inquiry and a dip from the new card being, well, new. There will be an increase if your credit limit goes up. And there will be an increase as the account "ages". It's...complicated.
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    Fascinating that Brightline's trains are rolling off within a few days of VIA's first one. That's one busy production line...but it sounds like the orders are probably also in some sort of alternating order.
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    Yes, but they already do this in places where it's the only train that can fit into a passing siding (because the intermodals are too long to go there)...or in places where they can just use a convenient siding. I don't see how this notably makes things worse; if anything, if the train is going...
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    It's hard to tell. The two new Amtrak stations on NS tracks in recent years are both off of a double main. Norfolk is a low platform, Roanoke is a high platform, but in both cases you can relatively easily get freight around without going close to the platform. To the extent that...
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    Well, the thing is that they're "starting fresh" and most stations have built-in bypass trackage. I suspect that if Amtrak went to every Class I and offered to pay to either (1) build a no-reduced-speed-needed bypass or (2) offered to move the station off the main line in such a way as it...
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    Well, and if I had to guess, they'll get the passenger service up and running (possibly all the way to Tampa) first. At that point it'd be a lot harder for the Hunters Creek folks to throw a fit given the lack of grade crossings and the like. TBH, NIMBY-ism is probably the strongest case for...
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    I seem to recall that I projected that FEC accessing Orlando/Tampa for freight purposes was likely part of the equation here (even if it was being done with temporal separation or something else to allow smooth pax operation). So this is...really not a surprise to me. The only unexpected thing...
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    Are there any plans to enlarge the NY Penn station tunnels?

    I'd also point out that depending on the number of stations involved, absorbing a few "double spots" isn't the end of the world for the LD trains while after you cross a point, shorter-distance trains almost assuredly make sense to add frequencies to instead. The NEC is somewhat unique in this...
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    Fantasy Design: The Night Owl II Sleeper

    Congratulations, you have just envisioned a Slumbercoach mated with a Japanese sleeper car. Edit: The lounge idea isn't a bad one, if I'm being honest. I might fiddle with it a bit, but I like the general idea. I'd probably adjust the design so that it could be run attended or unattended, but...
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