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    Amendment to CR blocking furloughs and 3x LD

    I guess any chance of continuing service is good news, but Congress has put Amtrak in a pretty terrible position of not knowing Tuesday whether trains are running Thursday. This amendment would only continue service through December 11, and would result in a lot of empty trains since Amtrak...
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    Crescent:Why Two locomotives?

    Even if a route were 100% flat, I think any long-distance train powered by P42s should use two of them in order to have a good chance that one is still running 750+ miles later. P42s are good locomotives, but they have worked a full career and are ready to retire!
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    Huge ridership killer in reservation system for 3x weekly service

    Even if the customer calls, I doubt every agent would be familiar with all the alternate routings that don't show up in the system.
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    Checking up on Amtrak's (lack of) ADA compliance

    North Philadelphia station is in really deplorable condition. Amtrak needs to fix up that station and staff it. I guess they didn't have the courage to close it, so they kept it open with barely any Amtrak service and zero maintenance.
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    Amtrak Service Reductions

    They have an alternate reservation system that does suggest another travel date: https://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak I found that when I searched for a train from CLE to ACY on the regular site. It directed me to that alternate site because the reservation includes a NJ Transit train.
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    Infill Amtrak stops

    Oxford has pretty bad calling times, but probably would still get some passengers because it is a college town. Some of the West Virginia stops on the Cardinal could be flag stops. It would be nice to have a suburban stop outside of Cleveland, just to have an alternative to the downtown...
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    Best Chicago-Florida Route?

    The route certainly doesn't look too straight, even going through Alabama, but I did see articles from January where Amtrak proposed a Nashville-Atlanta corridor with a running time of 6 hours, 30 minutes. No mention of how much state money it would take, and my guess is neither state...
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    Best Chicago-Florida Route?

    Nashville is booming (or at least was before the pandemic) and is a great town to visit. I think Nashville-Atlanta is a critical missing link in the network and would be a great intermediate city pair for such a train.
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    City of New Orleans routing

    Looking at the 1978 timetable for the Chicago-Duluth North Star, #9 left Chicago at 10:30 p.m., left Milwaukee at 12:05 a.m., and arrived in St. Paul at 7:15 a.m. #10 left St. Paul at 10:15 p.m., arrived in Milwaukee at 5:35 a.m., and arrived in Chicago at 7:10 a.m. That predates me so I'm not...
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    Food Delivery to Denver Union Station

    That is right, the train backs into the station, it helps to be towards the back and it helps more to be among the first passengers to leave your car. Access to the station is only from behind the train, I couldn't even get to the front of the train to take a photo of the train. I don't know...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    Yes, the only realistic possibility of getting any new sleeper service like I describe is if sleepers were added to trains 65 and 66 between Boston and Washington. I doubt they will do even that.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I have met a lot of people riding long distance trains for work, but I don't see why work is any more valid of a reason to travel than leisure. People need both in their lives. However, three day per week schedules are going to make business travel virtually impossible as they won't fit the...
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    Michigan Trains During Pandemic

    Yes, they pre-boarded in Chicago.
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    Michigan Trains During Pandemic

    I took #352 in business class on Saturday. The Wolverine is doing one round trip a day, leaving Pontiac at 5:12 a.m. and arriving in Chicago at 10:32 a.m. Then leaving Chicago at 12:55 p.m. and arriving back in Pontiac at 8:39 p.m. The train makes all the Michigan stops but bypasses the...
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    USA Today Article on LD Service Cutbacks

    This story two days ago by the same author was much better. Trains made the Great Migration possible. They remain a connection for Black Americans. I agree with others that today's story is trying to find a racial issue where one doesn't exist.