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    Amtrak Cascades 516 Mount Vernon to Vancouver, BC

    On Monday, September 26th I rode the first northbound Amtrak Cascades (516) in two years out of Seattle from Mount Vernon, WA (MVW) to Vancouver, BC (VAC) and back. (Three Horizon cars total, two coaches and one café/business class car.) Cost was $50 coach which would have been about the same...
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    Resumption of Amtrak service to Canada (2022)

    Baubles and trinkets included lanyards, key rings, mints, luggage tags and lego Cascades locomotives.
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    Resumption of Amtrak service to Canada (2022)

    Well, I'm all set to ride the first Cascade train to Canada from Mount Vernon, WA. to Vancouver, BC and back on Monday, 9/26. ArriveCAN filled out. It get easier to use each time as I've been back and forth about five times so far this year.
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    US railroad labor issues

    Canoe Racing A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (General Motors) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race. On the big day, the Japanese team won by a mile. The Americans, very...
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    The effect of the potential rail strike on Amtrak

    I heard one railroader say to everybody at his retirement party years ago, “The railroad spent two weeks training me to do my job and then spent the next forty years trying to fire me.”
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    Ideas for Amtrak to raise revenue

    re: Ideas for Amtrak to raise revenue I know! I know! How about providing sleeping cars on long distance trains? :rolleyes:
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    New Cascades trainsets

    Are the new train sets capable of Talgo speeds? If not, who going to pay to lower the elevation in the curves, pay for the ballast needed to do so, removal of the soon to be collectable Talgo speed signs?
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    Alaska Marine Highway System

    Just stepped off the Holland American Line ship Eurodam this morning from a 7 day Alaska Cruise- Seattle, Juneau, Glacier Bay, Icy Straight Point, Sitka, Ketchikan, Victoria, and back to Seattle. Cost me about $216/day with meals included, cabin with balcony, bed not bunks, pool, hot tubs...
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    Retiree pass

    If I remember correctly for those hired at BN after Amtrak took over in 1971 it was a 20% discount for travel. Tickets had to be purchased no earlier than 24 hours before travel to get the discount.
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    Retiree pass

    Amtrak passes were issued to BNSF freight employees hired until 1980. ( I hired on in 1979 and immediately requested one.) I learned in 2017 Amtrak cancelled all passes a year earlier in 2016. Neither BNSF/Amtrak ever notified me until I tried to use it.
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    Resumption of Amtrak service to Canada (2022)

    There was no layover track built. It was simply parked in the Pine Street yard in Bellingham. (2006) This was the cleaning facility (the dirt strip) and equipment.
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    FRA car on Empire Builder 8(31)

    March 23, 2009- BNSF Bellingham Sub., Everett to Blaine, WA. They measure track geometry set to FRA track standards. The two monitors provide real time track conditions. When defects are found bells...
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    Coast Starlight disruption 4/14/2022

    Location looks like a good candidate for a concrete box culvert.
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    Private cars on Texas Eagle 4/12

    Well, that's one way to increase axle count.
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    Videos out the window, advice needed

    I used an iphone for my pictures last year and all the pictures from my roomette window had an orange hue to them. And yet the pictures taken from the rear door window came out just fine.