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    Is a surge protector extension cord allowed on a train?

    This is correct. The reason ships are wired this way is because a ship is an enormous metal conducting object. If a ship is wired "wye" (like an ordinary home) and the 'hot" leg goes to ground, the breaker will trip and the circuit is useless. If it's wired "wye" and the neutral leg goes to...
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    Heartland Flyer Versus Car Carrier

    Well, I just tried to look it up. Now I'm going to be getting Google ads for commercial vehicle insurance for the next twenty years...it took me seven pages of results to finally get a partial answer. It looks like the minimum insurance requirement for an interstate or intrastate carrier...
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    Heartland Flyer Versus Car Carrier

    He was hung up. The roadway rises abruptly to cross the tracks at grade, and his trailer had low clearance. His power tires probably had little contact with the ground, and he couldn't pull himself off the tracks. That's a reason to immediately call 911.
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    Did Amtrak remove the bathrooms from the Viewliner train roomettes?

    Yes there are, but the suggestion was to remove the sinks as well as the commodes from the VL2s. My post was to point out that this could result in unpleasant overcrowding during high traffic times.
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    Did Amtrak remove the bathrooms from the Viewliner train roomettes?

    But then you'd potentially have 22 people making themselves up and/or shaving in the morning with only two sinks, not to mention the "other business" which gets done in restrooms. Superliners get backed up enough with (potentially) 30 passengers using four shared toilets.
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    Did Amtrak remove the bathrooms from the Viewliner train roomettes?

    Of course, there was a reason that the classic Pullman roomettes had an interlock which prevented opening the lavatory sink when the bed was down....
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    Railway Gauge

    Track gauge also can vary (slightly) with the condition/deterioration of the track, and that measurement is one of the factors used to "classify" track by the FRA. That classification determines the allowable maximum speed of operation over the track. See page 5.25...
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    Riding the first transcontinental railroad (early 1870s)

    When I get the time machine working at long last I'll be happy to help you corner the market on food service along the You Pay...but only if you pledge to model your business after Fred Harvey!
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    Riding the first transcontinental railroad (early 1870s)

    There was a daily passenger express, but the "Hotel Express" featuring fancier equipment only ran once or twice a week as a second section to the normal passenger express.
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    Truck/Train Collision (Windmill Blade) in Luling

    It appears that yesterday there was a serious accident between a specialized transport semi-truck moving a windmill blade and a Union Pacific freight train in Luling, Texas. According to reports I've seen, the windmill transporter was attempting to make a right turn from highway U.S. 90 onto...
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    significant former routes

    My wish list: Texas Chief/Lone Star. I've never yet heard a really good reason as to why this train was cut in the first place. Broadway Limited. It just makes sense. Crescent Star. Section off of the Crescent providing through service FTW-DAL-SHV-JAN-MEI-BHM-ATL-WAS-NYP. Bonus points if you...
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    Seat numbers; why ACDF instead of ABCD?

    Consider also the era when ARROW was programmed initially; 90%+ of airline flights were either 5-abreast (DC9) or 6 abreast, with B & E universally being middle seats. Going from memory on this, but I believe that the 5-abreast DC-9 also skipped one of the middle seat letters...ACDEF. So there...
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    Should monorail replace passenger railroads?

    Well, you specifically referenced Disney. But okay; let's take Japan. Wikipedia shows that they currently have ten monorail lines in service. And, as far as I can see, they are all commuter service or airport transfer; I don't see a single intercity passenger transport monorail in the bunch...
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    Should monorail replace passenger railroads?

    You do realize that the Disney monorails are limited by design to a top speed of 55 mph, but by policy are not allowed to exceed 40 mph (speed limit), don't you? Conventional rail trains can make 79 mph over track in at least halfway decent condition as long as ABS signaling or better is in...
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    Should monorail replace passenger railroads?

    You think monorails never break down? There's a reason Disney has a diesel-powered monorail "tow motor" at its resorts...
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