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    Sleeper 9712...Wow!

    there may be some safety considerations in case of an incident ? Thinking especially about fire ?
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    Some fire code links. Firing up rail tunnel safety (railway-technology.com) Structural Fire Protection of Railway Tunnels (mosen.global) passenger fire safety in railroad tunnels - Bing Fire safety measures for road and rail tunnels - Intelligent Transport
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    Republican coalition against Mobile Amtrak service

    There are several LD routes that are proposed for what the map shows as enhanced service. + some shorter routes but all cover high population services. 1. JAX - TPA - MIA 2. BOS - ALB see #5 3. "S line Richmond -- Raleigh 4. BHM - ATL - CLT - RGH - -RVR - WASH 5. ALB - BUF - TOL - new...
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    Which routes are going back to full service May 31?

    The surprise will be that all routes have a full startup then. There is too much of a chance that one or more crew districts will not have enough personnel to operate 7 full days, Retirements , personnel not returning requiring new training, sick, etc will all fall into the ability to get...
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    Andrew: Your question may mislead some to think you mean just one bore.. Just a gentle reminder to persons new to these discussions. International tunnel constructions specifications are rigid.. Any tunnel system now built has to have at least 2 separate bores connected by cross passageways...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    PVD I forgot to include the tooling to make a part(s) instead of tooling being scrapped.t
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    Trains can't leave before their departure time right?

    Istone: Larry you and I have had a lot of experience with these problems. You are right about CBP being a pain. Arrived MIA as passenger one time just before thanksgiving with a fairly bad injured flight engineer. CBP did allow him off after about 15-30 minutes by EMTs Because of backup...
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    First NEC Sleeper Journey - A Huge Letdown

    IMO the need for full baggage cars has times of needs. 1. During the Christmas time extra packages to relatives might increase the need ? 2. If Amtrak gets enough equipment and passenger demand for the train lengths to be in the 12 -13 revenue cars there will be enough checked bags to fill a...
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    First NEC Sleeper Journey - A Huge Letdown

    Thought that the sleeper was removed added at WASH. That is the reason it is at front connected to the ACS-64.
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    Trains can't leave before their departure time right?

    Los Angeles to New Zeeland and Australia have very different arrivals due to winds. It can be so bad in winter that even the longest range aircraft have to fuel stop going west. These winds really make computing the equal time point difficult. ( ( also know as the incorrect term point of no...
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    Republican coalition against Mobile Amtrak service

    It is very few pols who really know what is going on. IMO it is more about the money. The money interests who have a longer view place the money to move pols decisions their way. Look at alll the money going to Texas [pls to stop the HSR. IMO the opponents are very worried that if it starts...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    1. Age of equipment is only one factor in replacing rail equipment. That metric is the ability to get replacement parts. IMHO any rail contract for new equipment has to have clauses that before a builder or sub contractor phases out providing any replacement part the contractor will pass to...
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    The Unstoppable Growth of China's High-Speed Rail Network

    Notice the 3 and 2 seating on the China trains. Might be a very tight fit for many westerners ?
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    Will commuter rail regain popularity again?

    The elephant in the "office" is Covid-19 fatigue. Around here all everyone says they want to get back to work. With no public transit the roads here are as crowded as ever. How that will apply to public transit by end of summer in major transit locations === who knows ?i
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