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    Large increase in Empire Builder fares?

    The 2 vs 3 prongs indicates the safety ground. It would be surprising to see a 2 holer on anything newer than maybe the 1960's. Unless they intentionally want to prevent people from using bigger appliances, which generally have 3 prong cordsets. Maybe RR electricity is different?
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    Large increase in Empire Builder fares?

    Cheap, but not easy to find. Where do you buy them?
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    Large increase in Empire Builder fares?

    I have one of those small 110v immersion heat coils you can set in a cup to heat water. It says 300 watts. That's not too bad but if you plug it in out of water for even a brief moment it will burn out.
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    Crescent:Why Two locomotives?

    I read an article about long freights using multiple locomotives. They called it distributed power and have them at both ends. Maybe even in the middle. I think it helps those long trains on grades, etc. It probably doesn't hurt reliability either, as long as one locomotive can handle the load...
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    Baggage On LSL Form CHI To BOS

    Do you take a regular full size bike, or one of those folding jobs? Some of them have electric assist. They would be a bit heavier.
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    Infill Amtrak stops

    If a person waits at a flag stop will the train always stop?
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    Let's see. If you have dinner on departure from CHI, then two full days, then breakfast on arrival in LA the SWC would have 8 meals included. Is that right?
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    If you calculate the 'per diam' for meals it could get close to $100, I would think. Maybe not quite, but probably at least $70-80.
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    Cruise ship discussion

    How about a NW cruise, like Seattle to Skagway? At least in the right season.
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    QuestIons on Recent Auto Train Experiences?

    I hope not bad report. Auto train seems to be the best LD, at least for profitability.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    The Auto train seems to be the one LD train that's kept some kind of favored status, with the daily service and food service all LD trains used to have. Do servicemen ever use the Auto train, or is it too far from Sanford? Sometimes service people are temporarily deployed to somewhat distant...
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    freezers in roomettes?

    Personally, I think traveling by train is a lot of fun. When I was a kid my dad took us on a trip on the Rock Island Line. It was behind schedule but worth the wait. The cooler weighs about 5 lbs. It uses a thermoelectric peltier junction and cannot cool below freezing. I've mostly used it...
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    Like this? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Whereismyflyingcar.jpg Or this? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CH54B_and_M551_Sheridan.jpg
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    Cruise ship discussion

    I guess cruises were doing great business before the pandemic, even though there seemed to be rotavirus outbreaks from time to time, and drunks(?) falling overboard. People really seem to like them, I'm sure they'll be flocking back in droves when things are back to normal.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I think an overnighter between SoCal and the bay area would become very popular. I know there are plans for HS rail to Vegas. There were plans for auto transport there a few years back but maybe they were worried about people drinking and driving.
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