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    Auto train derailment south of Deland 3/26

    Fortunately this weeks derailment was relatively minor, as such things go. I talked with a friend of mine who had some inside information, and provided the following update to some friends of mine yesterday as follows: Appears it was a track issue / sun kink (or track defect), but no official...
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    Possible Schedule Change to SB Silver Meteor - train 97

    Regards reinstating the diner on Silver Star May 1st, don't get excited just yet. I rode 92-91 from Tampa to Rocky Mount and back on business the week of March 2nd and talked with the crew about that. They have been told that the "flexible food service" will be served from the Amfleet II...
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    NYP Acela lounge experience

    I second repairing the ice machine, and additional working beverage refrigerators. I have been in Club Acela NYP at least twice a year for the past few years (to/from 97/98), and sporadically over the previous decade. Not once do I recall the ice machine working or the sodas to be cold...
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    New Amtrak Auto Train Book in print

    OK, First I will admit bias, as I am one of the "renowned photographers" who contributed to Doug's Amtrak Auto Train book (though I am not sure renowned is accurate for me!). Both of Doug's books are excellent, and nearly all of the photos are in color, there are probably over 300 photos in...
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    Amtrak funding and committment to restore Gulf coast service

    Well, back to the issue at hand, it is good to see something happening on the Gulf Coast! I will for the most part stay away from politics, but will take a shot, or two, at John Mica, and even praise him, a little! I spent 32 years with a Class 1 railway, retired (early) in March 2017, and...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Good dialogue and speculation. Thanks for the rundown on the Siemens order, it will be interesting to see their cars go into the regional service and on VIA Rail. I need to go over to Miami to ride Virgin/Brightline to see how they are sometime soon. Some observations from a 33 year Class 1...
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    Sunset losing Diner?

    Regard Palmetto extension to Miami, I can advise that it was indeed a possible plan at Amtrak from about 2002-2012. For some time there was a plan to reroute the Silver Meteor over the FEC from Jacksonville to West Palm Beach. As it was sold out via Orlando, that capacity would have been...
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    Viewliner II Part 3: Bag/Dorm Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Hi, I have not been on since last year. Having too much fun since retiring from CSX in 2017 and embarking on consulting this past year. While on the freight side for 32+ years I have been all over the US on Amtrak over that time and do clinics at prototype modeler meets on passenger trains...
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    Viewliner II Part 2: Dining Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Gentlemen, Thanks for the encouragement! I will check this out every week or so. Do not claim to be perfect or all knowing, and may be off on dates a bit sometime, and do appreciate being corrected. Regards 8400 and future service. Keep these facts in mind. 1. They have spent some $2-3...
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    Viewliner II Part 2: Dining Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Gentlemen, I have been following this fascinating trail for some time and this is my first post. I work for a Class 1 and have certain contacts here and there that provide information from time to time. First, a recap on 8400. When rebuilt 2010-2012 with stimulus funding the project was...
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