I still have a 360 assembler reference card. I'm not sure Newbies would know assembler, as it hasn't been taught in awhile. Even newer versions of Conol and CICS are built on the old.
In the other hand, a mainframe rarely returned an OS exception and was amazingly CPU efficient. However, it...
I cant imagine having a smelly toilet in a roomette, beneath a seat. But I've never tried the Eastern trains. I do agree that small improvements would be welcome, but our trips are always centered on the food.
We took the OBB from Salzburg to Vienna in Sep and loved it in coach as well as the Vienna train bus station. Very different than the Hungarian train. To me, the west European trains are very similar to each other...but never tried the sleepers
Did the fact that Milwaukee Road had ability to build it's own cars and locomotives give them an advantage? Or does every railroad have this? Maintenance and product design must differentiate service...no?
My family rode EB for the first time recently. We felt, with the roomettes, that the train was safer than a plane. We'd considered driving a rental but chose the train for these reasons:
1. the novelty
2. a touch of the extravagant (meals on wheels)
3. no driving, sleep/nap when desired
I would consider Amtrak western sleepers to be safe, assuming you do due-diligence and wipe everything down. I guess they do sprays but I don't know how thorough those are. And while wiping down surfaces before we sat down, it was obvious that there was a lot of dirt and grime. So I wasn't...