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    Missed Connection

    I have missed more times than I can count. I've either been transported to my destination or in Chicago have been overnighted in a hotel (on Amtrak's dime) and caught the next day's train. If the latter happened (which it did three times), I'd receive a voucher for the food court and...
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    Yes, he's okay. He doesn't work the area of the accident as his routes are either from St. Cloud to Winona or Minot.
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    What type of member are you?

    Definitely me. I know literally nothing about the other aspects of the train.
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    Helena Montana paper reports three dead. I couldn't read more than the first paragraph because it's behind a paywall.
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    Buddy of mine who is a conductor on the Empire Builder in the St. Cloud crew.
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    I was hoping not but from the pictures, I feared the worst.
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    I’m hearing at least five fatalities and many injured.
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    EB hits vehicle in Wisconsin

    The two I referred to were traveling together, both friends of mine from Minnesota. One of them reported on Facebook there also was a medical emergency at Wisconsin Dells plus a PTC incident (he didn’t mention where) that set them back about 20 minutes each. All told, they arrived a little...
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    EB hits vehicle in Wisconsin

    There actually were at least two AU members as passengers on that train AFAIK.
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    Amtrak Dining

    Oddly enough, I’ve never felt any bias when traveling alone. Maybe I’m just lucky?
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    Amtrak Dining

    All tables were full. 4-5 dinner seatings on the Empire Builder is pretty much the norm and has been for years. Breakfast and lunch, they had waiting lists about an hour after opening. As I said before, they did a fine job, in both directions, of accommodating all parties.
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    Amtrak Dining

    To the first point......the sleeper passengers are entitled to make the choice of eating in the diner or their room, whether we're in a pandemic or not. It's one of the amenities. The dining staff do not have the authority to take that amenity away unless Amtrak policy changes. To the...
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    Amtrak Dining

    This is only true on certain trains. I didn't experience it at all a couple of weeks ago on the Empire Builder. Both directions I had really good dining staffs. The ones who are disallowing the single riders to eat in the dining car are simply lazy and should be reprimanded. Their laziness...
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    What is your favorite station?

    My home station in Holland. When I'm there, I'm about ready to board a train to Chicago and possibly points beyond.
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    Amtrak Dining

    I rode the Empire Builder RT Chicago-Seattle a couple of weeks ago. The food actually has improved from the previous traditional dining pre-Covid. Dinners are served on cloth tablecloths, with true silverware, two real roses at each table but still on plastic plates and drinks in plastic cups...
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