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    freezers in roomettes?

    I sorta dropped the ball on the OPs issue.. No way will a practical Peltier device freeze something. However, keeping something cool, yes it will. And you can extend the frozen period with those freezer packs you can purchase (Amazon,natch!). Or do it the Old Fashioned way. Grab some ice, put...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    Problem here is you would have to fly on United. And deal with TSA and the rest of the tsouris of airports. I believe most Amtrak riders are those who either cannot fly, don't want to fly, or ride Amtrak for the sheer pleasure of the ride (or at least what is left of the pleasure). Greyhound...
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    freezers in roomettes?

    Amazon has several portable coolers (ice chests) which will heat or cool when plugged in. I have one I have used on Amtrak a couple of times. It is a Peltier chip device, virtually noiseless, and hasn't tripped the breaker in the room. Chill it down as much as you can before boarding, and if...
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    MARC Rider: Actually, I was referring to THE Good Old Days. Like the 50s and 60s... I think I was born 40 years too late...
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    As stated before, I take my cooler on wheels and thus have food I like to replace the preprepared stuff. If you look at the menus, you might like what is presented, the fare is heavy on veggies and the sort of stuff which does not suit me. You MIGHT like it, as it appears typical of what menu...
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    Shanghai - I did the cost comparison several times and usually came up with similar results. The benefits of arriving rested and relaxed, plus avoiding the practiced stupidity of the TSA outweighed whatever extra expenses there might have been. Alas, I had to eschew Amtrak when there could have...
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    Lonestar 648 - I always made sure there was no cost penalty to the Company. What I ran afoul of was the "Travel Counselor" company hired by my Company ave rakeoffs, upgrades and free cars to certain executives based on the travel volume. I eventually quit, started a Subch S Corporation and did...
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    I guess I fit in the general description of "Foamer". I traveled for over 35 years, and took Amtrak whenever the schedule would permit. Damn near got fired several times, as some companies for which I worked refused to book Amtrak, as the "Corporate Travel Bureau" said they "could not book...
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    Electric Cars

    Re AGM.12's concern about recharging EVs causing massive brownouts: Today's power grid is a marvel of monitoring and control. Load sharing, distribution and management systems take care of the constantly varying demand caused by weather, even sporting events. The solar power industry is...
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    Electric Cars

    One of the most calm, rational and well spelled out opinions on why someone hasn't bought an Electric Vehicle. There is no One Size Fits All solution. Thanks for a ray of sunshine.
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    Electric Cars

    I've resisted the Full Self Driving FUD. No way was I going to spend $7K (Now $8K) for tht "option". Although the terminology is a bit misleading, Tesla has has been pretty upfront that Full Self Driving was a work in progress, Beta software, etc. And taken quite a lot of flak for my standpoint...
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    Electric Cars

    Thanks!
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    Electric Cars

    Looks like 2018. Still trying to remember where I saw the actual Federal Mandate. <EDIT> Ahh... here it is... https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/26/2018-03721/federal-motor-vehicle-safety-standard-no-141-minimum-sound-requirements-for-hybrid-and-electric...
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    Electric Cars

    The Teslas are pretty much silent, except for the HVAC fans, which make about as much noise as my Buick engine at idle. There is no whine audible in either of my single motor Model 3s. I'll report back when my 3 motor is delivered.
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    Electric Cars

    ISTR the federal regulation stated that as of Sept 2019, at least 50% of EVs manufactured had to have the PWS Pedestrian Warning System which made noise at speeds under about 18 mph. All EVS made after Sept 2020 had to have it. Interestingly enough, my two Tesla Model 3s, manufactured in Feb...
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