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    To boldly go ---- to the ends of New York

    Interesting to hear about the old train sets in use. Maybe islands attract old trains? Interesting coincidence, in that the UK Isle of Wight has had 1938 vintage tube trains running there! Sadly, the last ones ran within the last year, now repaced by newer old trains! Youtube video of 1938...
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    Video of massive investment in India Rail Network...

    India is a very mixed country as regards the traditional and the fururistic. I think the film is meant to show how investment in rail infrastructure can benefit all aspects of commerce, benefit the millions who still live directly off the land, as well as more established businesses. With such...
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    2021 04 08 Amtrak 92, The Silver Star MIA-WAS

    A very enjoyable upbeat read!
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    Video of massive investment in India Rail Network...

    Somewhat glossy blurb, but no denying the future ambitions of rail freight in India! DEDICATED INDIA FREIGHT LINES...
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    To boldly go ---- to the ends of New York

    A tour de force, most enjoyable!
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    Lounge Access-without same day ticket

    I guess if most passengers trying to use the lounge are travelling with "other" railroads, then even more reason to restrict the lounge to Amtrak Ticket holders?
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    Amtrak employee meals

    Sorry, I don't recall mentioning passengers confronting staff? As I say, it is just considered bad manners to enquire what another chap earns in the UK. It's a standard of behaviour. I think we don't hold folks value in society to equate to their income as much as is the case in America? I...
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    Amtrak employee meals

    I think most folk in the UK would say that discussing a person's income is uncouth. Not the behaviour of a gentleman. My feeling is that either all should declare their incomes, or no one should. That reminds me: Check the balance in my Panamanian bank account! :D
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    Amtrak employee meals

    Congress gave Amtrak $1.942 billion in 2019, and a few employees ate meals valued at around $15 each. Happy now, taxpayers?
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    The Canadian is resuming service to Toronto

    I did not read the fine print, the system seemed to be allowing me to proceed with a booking, but who knows. The only point I was trying to make was it is an oportunity to compare VIA and Amtrak's prices. (Amtrak Chi to Sea in roomette for same dates is $USD 1,047)
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    The Canadian is resuming service to Toronto

    There has been a lot on AU recently about the very high prices of roomettes, etc. For fun, I just did a trial booking on the Canadian, and their bedroom for one, from Toronto to Vancouver is showing at $CAD 1500, about $1200 USD. I don't know which on board services are operating, but it...
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    Amtrak employee meals

    I apologise for using the expression "petty" in my post above. I just felt that some folk were taking their annoyance at Amtrak in general out on a few employees who might be getting meals free. I need to get out more, with lockdown, I am becoming a cranky old man! :D
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    Amtrak employee meals

    It seems rather petty to want to pry into folks working conditions. Amtrak may offer poor quality service, with long train delays, and run ancient equipment, but is this because some staff get a free meal at work?
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    Connection 8 to 30 or 48?

    You can expect to be put up in a Chicago hotel if you miss a "guaranteed connection". I have had this experience. However, the possibility of getting a vacant roomette on the following days train are all down to pure chance. I suggest booking the later train connection for peace of mind, and...
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    France moves to ban short-haul domestic flights

    It seems like a start, if it does get voted in. France has the fast TGV network, so instead of just talking about global warming, etc, etc, this feels like a sensible first step. How things pan out in practice will be down to the willingness of all the vested interests to co-operate.
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