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    Current Diesel fuel situation's impact on Amtrak

    IIRC it's actually 2008, not 1951. Also, our reserves aren't that much lower than they normally are. We typically have around a month supply chilling around and last I checked it was at 25 days. Not really anything to worry about, and we have the capacity available if this actually becomes a...
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    Midwest Venture introduction

    It is kind of complex. Some are individual but some are meant to be married pairs. I have a few videos of business class cars sitting in the Chicago yard, but I couldn't tell you if any were married pairs or not.
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    Acela 21 development, testing and deployment

    I wouldn't call ADA forgiving to airplanes, just that the airlines have found ways to skirt around the rules, hence why they have special wheelchairs for that short hop between the airplane door and someone's seat. Also in terms of ADA accessibility on Amtrak, I've heard that is one of the...
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    Midwest Venture introduction

    Business class cars have been delivered, but the holdup is with the cafe cars. I cannot remember when we're expecting those to come in.
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    Acela 21 development, testing and deployment

    I have no clue so this is a total guess, but I'd assume so. IIRC the current acelas have a little conductor's office in the cafe car, though I could be misremembering.
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    Ideas for Amtrak to raise revenue

    The really simple answer is running more trains with more cars. In June of 2021, Amtrak lost ~$836,200,000 providing ~1,665,300,000 passenger miles, or a loss of ~$0.502 per passenger mile. In June of 2022, Amtrak lost ~$724,500,000 providing ~3,381,000,000 passenger miles, or a loss of ~$0.214...
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    Amtrak Siemens Charger locomotive (SC44, ALC42, ALC42E)

    Per the released docs on the metro north ALC-42s, they will have 4 shoes on each side for 8 shoes total, though we can anticipate that only 4 will be used most of the time. Also note that with 3rd rail power enabled, these dual mode units tend to have a lower speed and horsepower. Source...
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    Amtrak Siemens Charger locomotive (SC44, ALC42, ALC42E)

    They can MU but right now they are being towed dead as they haven't been accepted by Amtrak yet. That is why they're in Wilmington, DE now.
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    Amtrak Siemens Charger locomotive (SC44, ALC42, ALC42E)

    We're probably going to see them running standalone soon. I've seen 301 and 302 run together with a P42 on the Empire Builder, but when they switch over to only using 2 engine trains again my best guess is that we should see standalone service.
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    Amtrak Siemens Charger locomotive (SC44, ALC42, ALC42E)

    I caught them in LaGrange, IL on Saturday. I was going to wake up early sunday to catch the Capitol Limited on its way out of Chicago, but slept in unfortunately.
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    Amtrak Siemens Charger locomotive (SC44, ALC42, ALC42E)

    Ooh nice! I'm going to catch it in LaGrange as it comes into Chicago tomorrow!
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