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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    Mark, you have made the same mistake people often make: you’ve fell in love with your opinion, and now you’re so invested in it you need to keep justifying it even as it’s proven wrong. Most rational people can see that the Milwaukee was the best engineered line to the Pacific, and with sound...
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    My comment was a short paragraph on short sighted decisions and their impact on communities. I never said the Staggers Act, a stupid piece of legislation, had anything to do with the demise of the South Line. I also mention the Beeching Cuts. Did you think I was asserting that Beeching had...
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    You are absolutely correct. The loss of the Milwaukee was stupid and shortsighted. The current configuration of the railroad industry are regional monopoly systems. They abandon infrastructure to carry less freight at higher prices with poor customer service. A better approach would have been to...
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    1.5 billion for Amtrak in stimulus with daily service mandate..

    The passenger mile metric doesn't make sense. The airlines will always win because people fly longer distances. That is not the measure of value or utility of a transportation mode. Further, talking about the subsidy enjoyed by the Missoula County Airport doesn't have any relation to Amtrak...
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    How much would it cost for Amtrak to build their own tracks nationwide?

    It’s not viable or necessary. In Europe, freight and conventional passenger coexist. They always coexisted here. The problem was deregulation and the railroads deciding all they wanted to haul was coal, cement and grain at 40 mph. The future is moving away from coal. Short, fast freights hauling...
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    East / West through train

    I think that rail passenger service has traditionally been able to be all things to all customers in a way that no other mode can. The pre-Amtrak California Zephyr is a prime example of that. Land cruise: Yes. Transportation: Yes. It doesn't need to be an either or. But I am with you; I totally...
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    East / West through train

    For years, I have been intrigued of a coast to coast route starting in Washington and ending in LA. This would be an amazing train, and I believe it could be marketed as one of the worlds great rail journeys. Essentially, the Crescent would continue to run with Viewliners from New York to New...
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    Should Amtrak allow smoking again?

    This is crazy. It’s not 1975. That ship sailed twenty years ago. I’m not going to pay big bucks for a sleeper that smells of stale smoke. There aren’t very many truly bad ideas, but this one quite literally stinks.
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    Empire Builder 2021-22 obscene pricing

    The airlines are exactly the same. Walk up and buy a first class ticket shortly before you want to travel during a peak travel period, and you’ll see what I mean. I’m not justifying yield management. The Deutsch Bahn has a similar system, but it’s much more based on the earlier you buy, the...
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    VIA......Updated .PDF Timetable

    I rode both the Super Continental and the Canadian in the ‘70s, as well as the CN’s Cavalier and the Toronto-Windsor train. All seemed long and well patronized. The Cavalier was busy, and seemed to have four or five sleepers. The more a system shrinks, the less ridership it will have. The...
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    Masks now required even in private room with door closed.

    You, my friend, have made the most likely prediction I’ve seen. How do we know this is likely? Because it makes sense and will be the most cost effective. This Amtrak management seems to get it.
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    Masks now required even in private room with door closed.

    C mon. Nobody is going to do that.
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    More Amtrak Service In Ohio?

    No. That’s not Cincinnati.
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    Remembering the Golden Age that Preceded Amtrak

    That’s a model of the Milwaukee Road’s Milwaukee station on Everett Street.
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    Remembering the Golden Age that Preceded Amtrak

    My pre-Amtrak rides were on the Milwaukee Road and the Chicago & North Western between Milwaukee and Chicago with one exception. My dad took me on the last pre-Amtrak run from Milwaukee to Port Washington on the C&NW’s Shoreline subdivision. By that time, the service only ran on Sundays and...