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    Silver Star/Silver Meteor combined train (Jan - Sept 2022)

    Parentheses give the date of departure from the first station. That’s how you can tell apart multiple trains with the same number that are both moving. For example, for the Silvers, in each direction you basically have a train that’s in SC/GA/FL and a train that’s in the Northeast on any given...
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    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car production, delivery, speculation

    I haven’t been in a Viewliner sleeper in years, but one trick with the luggage cubby over the hallway that always worked for me: lift the suitcase to the top bunk (which you can pull down a bit if needed), then just transfer it straight across to the cubby. It’s less awkward than trying to get...
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    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    Yes, I remember that schedule! Took it twice from MET to BOS, then a daytime Regional back. 11:30/midnight departure was very doable for the NJ stops (and 1 am in Manhattan felt very different from 2-3 am).
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    Amtrak service cancellations and restorations (2022)

    I’ve taken 65/66/67 many times over the years, mostly on the southern end, sometimes the northern. Security at NYP is a nontrivial issue, and all-night places everywhere seem fewer than pre-pandemic, perhaps for staffing reasons (like 24-hour diners, concessions at highway rest areas, etc.). But...
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    We can get behind Corridor Service...without abandoning LD

    My hope (while it’s a long shot) is that if corridors add connectivity, that’s a plus for ridership on the LDs too. There are a lot of gaps between LDs on the map where it would be easy to slot in connecting trains on daytime runs. And while some people might be OK with bus connections (and they...
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    Extension of the Night Owl to Charlotte

    I like the idea of extending the train. I think it depends on how the other corridors evolve for connectivity. Coming from ALX, 66/67 are great for day trips to Richmond (due to the stop at RVM!) and even Williamsburg, and I think you’d still need a corridor train on that route. But, what about...
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    Biden Infrastructure Details

    One thought on the Canadian border crossing/sealed trains point. What if there were two customs facilities, one at the border and one at Toronto, with no stops between them? For the Maple Leaf, passengers could get off the train at Niagara Falls (ON), be processed, and if traveling to any of the...
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    Sleeping cars returning to WAS-BOS starting 05APR21

    Yes it’s great to have something to get excited about—and will be good news especially for getting up to Maine etc. But if it’s truly deadheading WAS-NPN, how much would they really save on an SCA? Some revenue has gotta beat no revenue...
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    Sleeping cars returning to WAS-BOS starting 05APR21

    I’m wondering if the Washington turn is to keep the sleeper close to the NEC in case it’s needed elsewhere, and avoiding the potential for a short turn or misconnect in NPN if CSX is problematic. (Does the 67 consist come back as the same day’s 66 normally?) But personally I’m a little miffed as...
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    Amtrak Line Plans FY20-25 Released

    Parts of the plans are quite positive, but reading between the lines I don’t see how this bodes well for LDs. If the movement is toward self-powered trainsets including on routes like the Palmetto, and aggressive fleet retirements, the equipment pool needed for a full slate of overnight trains...
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    Closure of NYP (1am to 5am)

    I’m glad to see a deep clean of the station and it likely reaches areas that haven’t been touched regularly. That said, when I had taken 67 fairly often (10 years ago or more) and would be in Penn during the wee hours, there was often someone using a floor-polishing machine, and police were...
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    Amtrak Pennsylvanian Fleet Change

    I was on 90 from RVR-ALX yesterday and while I didn’t get a great look at the whole consist, it looked like it was all Amfleet Is which surprised me for the length of the route. (And, where did the Am IIs go?)
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    Business class on 66/67

    Just curious since it has been a while since I rode this train: are 66/67 operating with the same regular business class car as the other NE Regionals these days, or with the 2-1 seating mixed BC/cafe? When I rode almost two years ago it was the regular BC car, which was a disappointment given...
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    New Amtrak Arbitration Agreement

    In general I am opposed to mandatory consumer arbitration for a bunch of reasons including that decisions are private and not eligible for appeal. But as far as I know, the airlines all do this in their conditions of carriage, as do lots of other companies including Uber and Lyft, and lots of...
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    Seat assignments (Acela pilot Feb 2018)

    I could be wrong, but I recall the seat lettering starting with the Acela and crossing over into the Northeast Regional and Amfleet trains (or Acela Regional as they were briefly called) as a marketing pitch to compete with airlines and show that there are no middle seats. Whenever Ive traveled...