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    Resumption of Amtrak service to Canada (2022)

    When the Skagit River bridge collapsed shutting southbound I-5 in 2013, they added service. Rail News - Amtrak to add Cascades trip in response to bridge collapse over Skagit River. For Railroad Career Professionals
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    Empire Builder disruption due to freight derailment (5/1/22)

    Have they ever just cancelled mid-route and put people on next days train when it gets there?
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    Superliner Trans-Dorm roomettes

    I was in room #18 last month with a BidUp success from MSP to EVR. It was closer to the locomotives, next car back a sleeper and next car back the dining car. I was the only one in the 10 roomettes on top floor before stairs going down. The hall was in the middle of the car and there was a...
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    Bid Up?

    I had roomette 18 and was in employee/transition car upper level. I was on second floor near sleeper car, behind that was dining car. My nearest bathroom on the car was on upper floor near center and stairs. As far as I could tell, there were 9 empty roomettes on my side of the restroom. Only...
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    Bid Up?

    Just got notified my BidUp was successful, 37 hours before departure 👍
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    Bid Up?

    Nine days ago I bought a coach ticket from MSP to EVR for $142 on Sunday 3/27. The lowest roomette at the time was $886 or 28xxx points. I put in a BidUp to roomette for $300 more which was not quite the lowest. I checked yesterday and the lowest coach was near $200 but a roomette for $486. I...
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    Assigned Seats on the train?

    it could be related to helping to make sure you get off where you are supposed to, especially for long distance and in middle of night.
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    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    happens once a week when you cut schedule to 3 times a week
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    Rules regarding Diner doubling as a lounge

    I remember a few years ago, I was heading east on Empire Maker getting on at Everett. It was running late as there was mechanical issues and they had to drop a coach car in Seattle. The diner was used as a coach until we hooked up with the Portland half in Spokane. The dining car people were not...
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    Raising Amtrak routes above future sea level

    at 1/8" per year, we will be at 2' in hardly no time .... compounding the issue is the west coast land is rising (sea level has gone down in Alaska) and according to Bill Nye the science propaganda guy, when salt water increases in temperature, it expands. Sea level rise would not just be...
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    Raising Amtrak routes above future sea level

    IF it actually happens. dikes will be made or raised faster than the coast goes under water.
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    Amtrak considering shifting Credit-Card Portfolio away from BofA

    When checking my balances today I got an offer for a 1.5% cashback card. Why would I want/need 2 cards with them?
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    Question about cross-country train trip

    What type of countryside do you want to see? Do you know how it will be affected by the time of year you are there? youtube shows condensed versions with various bloggers making those individual legs.
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    Plus sized first time overnight train ride

    I like making reservation for lower level when traveling coach for overnight. There are fewer seats in a section and walking traffic between cars is non-existent.
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    last summer a couple ecoterrorists were caught putting shunts between tracks on BNSF tracks north of Everett. I am not sure what this is supposed to do, but they said it could cause derailment. King 5 news report