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    triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    What’s the actual fuel efficiency of a long-distance train? Most of the arguments in favor of fuel efficiency for passenger rail (that I’ve seen, anyway) use data that are based on a commuter train. So, a locomotive pulling somewhere between 500 and 1000 passengers in 7 or 8 cars or what have...
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    Amtrak Line Plans FY20-25 Released

    It’s too bad Amtrak didn’t recently acquire 25 sleepers and 10 dorm cars without a commensurate increase in the length of eastern train consists.
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    Boeing officially ending 747 production

    Delta flew DC10s in the early 1970s while waiting for the L1011’s problems to be ironed out.
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Amtrak was so close to having a consistent paint scheme (excluding trainsets and specific state corridor trains), then they decided to paint the new Viewliners back in Phase III for whatever reason.
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    Boeing officially ending 747 production

    Boeing was more inclined to take risks back then, and yes, they were very responsive to Pan Am's desires, for better or worse. The company was also largely run by engineers back then, vs. the corporate finance folks who run it today. As the late Joe Sutter, the engineer who led the development...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    On the northeast corridor, where the bulk of this fleet would operate, the answer is yes.
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    Boeing officially ending 747 production

    I got the chance to sit in the nose section a couple of times as well. The first time was about 5 years ago on a UA flight from NRT to SFO. I booked economy, and used miles to upgrade to business because I wanted to sit in the upper deck. Due to some irregular operations involving another...
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    Boeing officially ending 747 production

    The 747 was not born from the freighter contract (I assume you’re referring to the C-5 which went to Lockheed). It was designed from the start as a passenger plane, with consideration for cargo capabilities as well. The only thing the 747 had in common with Boeing’s proposed C-5 design was the...
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    Boeing officially ending 747 production

    The 747 was built around a Pan Am request (technically, Pan Am wanted a double-decker, but Boeing engineers saw too many problems with going tall so they went wide instead), so I don’t know how it’s “against all odds” that Pan Am bought them.
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    Boeing officially ending 747 production

    In an announcement that comes as no surprise to anyone who’s been following the trend of commercial aviation sales over the past few years, Boeing has announced they are officially ending 747 production in 2022. https://www.businessinsider.com/boeing-747-end-production-coronavirus-2020-7 While...
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    CZ Modified Trip (8/29) - Departure out of DEN shifted

    My best guess is that it’s because you will get a “no trains available” message if you search for a trip out of SLC on those specific dates, and so that message is giving the explanation of why. Of course, a passenger just searching the web or app for a given departure isn‘t likely to see that...
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    CZ Modified Trip (8/29) - Departure out of DEN shifted

    It’s odd how it’s worded (and I don’t recall them calling out specific dates of no service in one direction at a given city), but SLC isn’t losing service. If, on the day the schedule deviation starts, SLC goes from before midnight to after midnight, then that particular calendar date won’t see...
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    Amtrak’s Flynn on impact of COVID-19

    I'm referring to President of the United States, not President of Amtrak. I thought that was clear from the context of the series of messages quoted.
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    Amtrak’s Flynn on impact of COVID-19

    By “previous” I meant previous to the current one.
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    Amtrak’s Flynn on impact of COVID-19

    A couple of points: 1) The requirement that states pay full load was part of the PRIIA act of 2008, passed and singed into law before the administration in question took office, and 2) The bill was passed by the very Senate you claim consistently saves Amtrak from doom.
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