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    Amtrak app

    My luddite sister-in-law purchased an iPhone SE last month and is now VERY happy she did. Before that, she was using a non-smart cell phone that probably was at least a decade old.
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    Best stopovers on the CZ -- and other CZ questions

    There are hotels at Truckee. And there is regular bus service between Truckee and the north shore of Lake Tahoe, with stops at Squaw Valley and other points along the route. Glenwood Springs and Truckee would be excellent choices for enroute stopovers on the CZ between Chicago and...
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    Amtrak axle count discussion

    Rescue engines would be treated as light engine movements and would be restricted to the applicable speed limits in the employee timetable for that division of the railroad. On the U.P. Nebraska Division in 1948, my employee timetable says the speed limit for streamliners with diesel-electric...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    American Airlines is doing just that -- $32 one-way from LAX to DEN this week on many of their flights.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    In today's world, perhaps social distancing on Amtrak means "one person per air circulation system". Or perhaps, a la Larry David, you were wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat?
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Winter Park Express terminated because the ski resort has closed down
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Only took 72 hours to cancel incoming flights from UK and Ireland, also.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    can't read this story without paying $$$ to the Chicago Tribune
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    If you like trains watch online

    Search on you tube for "Tehachapi Live Train Cam" and you will also find 3 great live videos
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    Winter Park Ski Train 2019/2020

    Rode both versions. Both laid over on the wye at Tabernash.
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    I can see (name of train) from my window/porch/etc.

    Grew up in Chillum, MD one mile from the B&O mainline between Washington, D.C. and Cumberland, MD. When sitting on our front porch, we could see and hear every train on these B&O tracks. Especially enjoyed seeing and hearing the evening fleet of westbound passenger trains climbing the 2% grade...
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    Capitol Limited and Washington Union Station

    Rode B&O trains with domes many times berween DC Union Station and Baltimore Camden Station. Passengers were excluded from the domes between Union Station and the point where the B&O diverged from the electrified Pennsy. It was a safety measure in case any catenary became dislodged and fell...
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    TrainJam may be postponed due to COVAD-19 (GDC 2020 postponed)

    Train Jam sent out a tweet on March 3 that they are canceling this year's event.
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    TrainJam may be postponed due to COVAD-19 (GDC 2020 postponed)

    Organizers of the Game Develpers Conference annoinced today that they have postponed the San Francisco conference scheduled for mid-March due to the Corona virus. So TrainJam on Amtrak's CZ from Chicago to Emeryville will also be postponed (if not canceled outright). Watch for plenty of seats...