Quantcast

Recent content by MccfamschoolMom

Help Support Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum:

  1. MccfamschoolMom

    Nominees for Amtrak BOD

    Koos has Illinois State University in his town (and the Amtrak station is adjacent to "Campustown"), so in normal times (non-COVID-19), the more students taking the train back and forth to campus instead of overwhelming parking and congesting local traffic with their cars, the happier he'd be...
  2. MccfamschoolMom

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    My local regional newspaper's website has viewers who haven't subscribed to their digital edition answer several survey questions (apparently on topics requested by advertisers) to get access to articles. You then can read 5 articles (with a banner ad above each one) before they make you answer...
  3. MccfamschoolMom

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    Unfortunately, the full article is behind a paywall. (A 1-month trial for $1 wouldn't be so bad, though, so long as you are auto-renewed at a higher rate afterwards.)
  4. MccfamschoolMom

    Feds dole out 22 million for passenger rail

    I used to ride the C&NW commuter trains from Kenosha to Chicago when I was still living at my parents' house in WI. It was great for outings into the Loop to shop or go to a museum, as well as for school/youth group field trips. (F.ex., my Girl Scout troop rode C&NW down to the Loop one year...
  5. MccfamschoolMom

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    The worst toilet I've ever seen in recent years was a pit toilet in a state park in Rock Island, IL last summer - hot, nasty-smelling, and too many mosquitoes around. (And obviously not cleaned daily, either -- but I had just finished driving across the state, and I couldn't wait to get to a...
  6. MccfamschoolMom

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    I wonder if they're on Amazon? I'll have to check on that. Edited to add: "Self-heating meals" search results on Amazon. They do have the kosher 5-Minute Meals similar to those described earlier in this thread, and also some Oriental "hot pot" meals and freeze-dried camping meals, for which...
  7. MccfamschoolMom

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    It's been happening to me, too, although not so much since I switched from a mask to a bandanna over the face.
  8. MccfamschoolMom

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I got it, but added clarification for those who truly were looking for other styles.
  9. MccfamschoolMom

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    They do come in other prints, too (including a cowl/gaiter version of a cowboy bandanna).
  10. MccfamschoolMom

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Of the pre-made ones, I rather like the ones made like a cowl with an ear-looped extension on top; it looks like those could be worn about the neck when not in use over the face, too. I'm not so worried about using a non-filtered non-medical grade DIY mask alternative, since for the general...
  11. MccfamschoolMom

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I think it helps if one can find a mask that fits properly and breathe through easily. I crocheted face masks for the entire staff at work, but soon discovered that the design of mine made it difficult to breathe, even though it was made from a lighter-weight yarn than those made for my...
  12. MccfamschoolMom

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    That's an even shorter consist than I've been seeing on the Texas Eagle the past few weeks. I've been counting 5 cars on the southbound TE that goes past my office window just before I leave work: 1 Observation Lounge + 4 others (maybe 1 sleeper + 3 coaches? The TE doesn't stop in my town, so...
  13. MccfamschoolMom

    Status of Amtrak Status Maps - dixielandsoftware

    I used the Amtrak Status Maps a lot to check the progress of the trains my kids took coming home from grad school. (My son would take the Saluki up from law school in Carbondale, IL, and my daughter would take the Lincoln Service from Chicago to come home from library school in one of the near...
  14. MccfamschoolMom

    How do feel about riding "Coach" ?

    No, but just South of there, in Racine and Kenosha.
  15. MccfamschoolMom

    How do feel about riding "Coach" ?

    I would routinely ride coach on the Empire Builder Milwaukee-Fargo and back going to and from college in the late 1970s. 12 hours per the schedule which consistently turned into 15 hours. I would try to sleep at least part of the time (since it would usually be the wee hours of the morning...
Top