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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    In the Defense procurement world, the "loser" of the bidding process often gets to build some of the product, I think mainly so that our military might isn't dependent on a monopoly source. I once visited the Bath Iron Works in Maine, where they were building guided missile destroyers, and the...
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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    How many curves are there on the route where this would be an issue? Maybe they should just electrify the route and use the old Acela trainsets when they're retired? :)
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    The routes I've taken are: Baltimore to Ann Arbor MI: CL via Toldeo. Sometimes I'd take the Ambus to Ann Arbor (once Detroit for a conference), other times I'd get a cab to the Toledo airport and rent a car. On one trip, I went up to New York and rode the LSL to Toldeo. After a while, I...
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    Hmmm, seems like Amtrak is missing out on a source of revenue. They should think about it, once this COVID business is over.
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    Yeah, for all the complaining about Flex dining, the full dining menu was going downhill, too.
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    Who travels in the Sleeper Cars?

    Me too. My managers got a deal from me, as they would reimburse coach fare, and I did the sleeper part out of pocket. Considering that the Amtrak coach fare was usually a lot less than airline coach fare, they got a deal from me. But I'd only do it for 1-night trips.
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    Road trip to Maine in the age of Corona

    "I think we need a bigger boat." :)
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    Viewliner Sleeper Bathroom Question

    I didn't say that there weren't private room sleepers, rather that the first world countries also have more basic accommodations available, just like Amtrak does.
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    Road trip to Maine in the age of Corona

    You must be thinking of the water down along the coast. The ocean water up there is really cold, except for this year when the 68 degree isotherm has extended up through the midcoast. Of course, that warmer water brings great white sharks, who like to hunt for the numerous seals and might...
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    Road trip to Maine in the age of Corona

    You must live near the Gulf Stream. The lake water is about 70 degrees and is refreshing. A little cool when plunging in, but swim around, and it feels great. One thing I forgot to mention is our extended family tradition of something called "early morning dip," a nice swim out to the raft...
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    Road trip to Maine in the age of Corona

    My daughter had to get back to work, and there were other family members coming up to use it. This year we didn't want to overlap family members who aren't living together, and we want to clean the cabin and let it sit for a week before the next party uses it. So we couldn't stay as long was...
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    Road trip to Maine in the age of Corona

    Just a few pics of the lake and some other stuff that we did while at the cabin. Here's the lake. Wish I was back up there, but I've looked up a few local beaches that aren't too far of a drive. Here's the cabin. Yeah, I really like heading up to Maine in July to cool off! :) A view...
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    Viewliner Sleeper Bathroom Question

    I'm fine with the bathroom down the hall, although it's nice when sleeping in a Viewliner roomette alone to be able to climb down off the upper bunk and not have to go out in the hall. But a large fraction of sleeper passengers don't sleep in a Viewliner roomette alone. If you're sharing the...
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    Viewliner Sleeper Bathroom Question

    Actually, first world railways have couchettes as an option. They're even more basic than a roomette, and you have to share it with strangers, but at least you can lie down and get some sleep. And the bathroom is down the hall.
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    Small plane discussion

    Ah, Air New England. Back when I was in college, my girlfriend wanted to fly up to Maine to spend some time at the cabin with me and my family. She booked a ticked from New York to Auburn/Lewiston, which we thought was the closest airport to us. When we arrived to pick her up, we found the...
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