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    Amtrak serving every state capital

    How about that we amend that to serving the largest population center in every state, or the largest two population centers if both are over 1M in the Metropolitan Statistical Area?
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    Orange [TX] is closer to Jacksonville [FL] and El Paso is closer to Los Angeles than El Paso and Orange are to each other....😜
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I'm leaving my post visible, but I will offer an apology for being overly dramatic. It's a character flaw.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    Another bit of supporting evidence for the position that the cure to what ails Amtrak is more Amtrak. The fourth would be Houston...one train (Sunset Limited) which runs only three days a week. (There is a daily bus connection to/from the Texas Eagle at Longview for/from points north.) The...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I've said this before but I'll say it again: If you are physically and financially blessed with the ability and means to own and operate an automobile, the entire North American continent is your oyster. But, if you are not so blessed, then at least at present you are not even a third-class...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    Not necessarily. Neither Houston nor Los Angeles is known for extensive public transportation options, but that didn't stop our traveling party of 11 from having a great trip to Hollywood and Disneyland. We had friends drop us off at the station in Houston and we were able to rent a car at the...
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    How much would it cost for Amtrak to build their own tracks nationwide?

    Depending on available drainage and the type of soil, it can be cheaper to build an underpass for the highway while the rail line stays at grade.
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    Self-defense (on train)?

    But your fellow [Greyhound] passengers would probably be much more experienced at using them than you are....
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    Well, I've taken exactly one R/T nonstop flight (IAH-ORF-IAH, Continental, Sep 2009) and one two-leg one way flight (FCA-SEA; 3 day layover; SEA-IAH; Alaska Air, March 2014) since 9/11. On the former I got a small snack pack each way; on the latter nothing at all that I can recall. After the...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    Keep in mind, also, that the nascent airlines in the '30s and '40s were competing against the very mature passenger rail network in which 'loss-leader' premium food service was essentially a given. These days, when the wheel has turned...what is Amtrak competing against? Peanuts and a third of a...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    First off...which company is going to keep a driver and a truck on standby for one train a day which can arrive anywhere inside (or sometimes even outside) of a four-hour window? Not Amtrak...it'd be cheaper to staff and stock the dining car properly. An airline catering business? The few decent...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    This I can agree with completely. I really miss full service dining. It made the experience worthwhile. I might tough out a trip under today's regime by my lonesome, but there's no way in hell that I'd repeat the trip I made in September 2016, when I took my parents on a fifteen-day circle tour...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I know I'm going to incur your scorn for saying this here, but I just came home from the supermarket with half-a-dozen Hungry Man frozen dinners...including two of the dreaded Salisbury Steaks. When you're a bachelor working the graveyard shift you can't afford to be snooty about a hot, filling...
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    Time to Change the Paradigm?

    Dear God, if only that was the worst problem we faced today....
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    Does the Crescent stop in Mobile, Alabama?

    Depends on if you got your license in Texas or New Yawk...
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