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    Is a surge protector extension cord allowed on a train?

    I've got one myself. The only issue with it would be that the USB ports are rather underpowered at 1A shared between both ports. An Apple cube is 1A on its own, and typical USB power adapters are 2.1 or 2.4A...
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    Is a surge protector extension cord allowed on a train?

    The only thing I remember that really relied on that was a record turntable that I had in the 80s. It didn't have any kind of quartz lock system like with typical DJ-style direct drive turntables. It was belt drive with a manual fine tune for precise speed. There was a switch for 33-1/2 and...
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    Is a surge protector extension cord allowed on a train?

    Some surge protectors have an EMI filter that can smooth out the power delivery a little bit, although something like a true power conditioner might be better. I don't think that fluctuating voltage is generally what happens, but rather less than a perfect sine wave output. Something like the...
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    Baggage Racks

    I understood that.
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    Baggage Racks

    It's possible in Superliner coach. The thought did cross my mind on California cars, where some are open bin and some are airline overhead style with doors. However, very few people I saw ever used them, although I'm thinking there were a lot more people with luggage on the San Joaquin. But...
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    Electrical supply in Southwest Chief Bedroom?

    Obviously the train can handle providing a lot of power. I'm sure that all the electric appliances operated in the various cafe and/or dining cars have to be able to handle that kind of power by design. Still - I think the worry is about what's distributed to passenger sections, since most...
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    Electrical supply in Southwest Chief Bedroom?

    I think in a steady state, it's going to be pretty efficient. Efficiency level V is supposed to be a minimum of 87% efficient at converting mains power to output with 49W to 249W output ratings. So a 60W power brick for a laptop is going to draw a little more than that once it's up and...
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    Electrical supply in Southwest Chief Bedroom?

    Wouldn't be any worse than a hair dryer or a hot water kettle. I'm pretty sure that both of them have been tried on a train. I have heard of cases where someone brought a rice cooker to a national park cabin and the promptly killed power to the about a dozen cabins. I think they were only...
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    Electrical supply in Southwest Chief Bedroom?

    There are several factors including efficiency and peak demands. My Apple 12W power adapter (efficiency level V) says 100-240V AC at 0.5A. So at minimum voltage (which isn't standard) it would have a max draw of 50W input. The output is rated at 2.4A at 5.2V, which is actually 12.48W, but...
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    Amtrak Boarding Heights

    I don't think anyone really goes in using siege tactics any more. Hopefully there's a hole in that wall punched by some sort of artillery or blown up by aircraft.
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    Checked bags questions

    As far as I can tell, baggage is still decidedly old school with Amtrak. No bar codes, no tracking, but just a cardboard tag with just the destination and barely any place to write down anything else. As long as a station agent is willing to write down a destination, it can go pretty much...
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    Checked bags questions

    I can't find anything says how long baggage can stay in the baggage area. Obviously there are cases where the bag can arrive before the passenger if it goes on a different route than the passenger. I looked up the baggage tags (it's been about 6 years since the last time I checked in a bag)...
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    Catching the train in Seattle

    With a mobile device and access to the internet, why not just pull up a photo? Maybe even have photos stored on a device of common things that one might want? For a cup of coffee I think this might work because the beans show that it isn't some other brown colored hot beverage.
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    Catching the train in Seattle

    One can always take different approaches. The Amish and Mennonite communities have different approaches to technology. It's assumed that they shun all technology unless someone else does it for them, but for them it's a philosophical question of whether or not they will overuse such tech. But...
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    Catching the train in Seattle

    I take it that it was heavy as heck and built like an old Western Electric phone. Not that one wouldn't scratch, but I saw one opened up by a technician where I could tell that it was so simple and robust that it would have been difficult to get one to stop working.
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