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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    MARC Rider, the boom issue was one of 4 Category 1 problems the Pegasus has had. The others were the inability for the aircraft to refuel A-10's, the boom randomly scraping refueling aircraft and the fuel leaks that have been detected on half the KC-46's delivered so far. The most embarrassing...
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    Alstom making progress on Acela 2 contract

    Cool video. Newby questions. Do they usually run with just one pantograph despite having two locomotives? Or is the front one just some sort of a cab car? And it appears that the arc'ing that was going on in a relatively recent video is either much less noticeable or gone altogether. The blue...
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    Boeing's military aircraft production hasn't done that much better than its civilian aircraft production. Look at the KC-46A Pegasus. 10 years after the contract was awarded we are still a couple years from full operational capability. There have been a litany of widely varying problems but they...
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    First ever Amtrak Experience

    My first Amtrak trip was in 1973 or 1974 on the Empire Builder from Glasgow Montana to Seattle. Talk about whiplash, I was so busy trying to soak in all the "famous" sights alongside the railroad tracks at the same time as I was studying the train, going from front to back, over and over. And...
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    Will commuter rail regain popularity again?

    Heck, not even the subways I am familiar with provide decent suburb to suburb service, MARC Rider. If "commuter rail" is light rail only and not subways about the only part of the local rail systems in the DC area that provided suburb to suburb rail service is the "not even here yet" Purple...
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    Worst non-Amtrak transportation experience

    Exactly. As long as you have your seat belt on turbulence is just an interesting bit of trivia. I leave my belt on all the time, maybe a bit loosely. I was lucky enough to have all three seats on a flight from Narita to Bangkok and slept "full length" with my legs drawn up, but I had the seat...
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    Worst non-Amtrak transportation experience

    Worst travel experience? I have tons of worsts. Funniest one was arriving in Montezuma Costa Rica at 9pm off season figuring there would definitely be a room vacant. Wrong. A grocery store owner let me sleep on the porch of his warehouse in my hammock. Turned out I was at the end of the porch...
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    Is "socially distant" seating no longer used?

    I hear you about crowds. I get my first shot tomorrow and I am counting down the days to a freer mindset. Over the last 10 months I have traveled home to Montana and taken a trip to the USVI but it will be nice to repeat those trips next month with a growing team of antibodies onboard to fight...
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    Figuring out how far to ride the eastbound Cardinal

    My vote is for Culpeper. It is a really nice small town and it is in the middle of a renaissance that is really enjoyable. There are a couple new hotels, albeit small ones, within 2 blocks of the station, the 249 is very nice but a bit pricey. The Center is nice as well. There are really cool...
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    The Unstoppable Growth of China's High-Speed Rail Network

    When I was in Beijing I loved to wander the backstreets (houtongs) and just observe. One thing I noted early on was a red circular stenciled "graffiti" with a couple characters that had been sprayed on several surfaces of some of the houtongs. I asked about it and it was the Party notice that...
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    New Amtrak Proposed Routes Map has Dropped

    I like it too, but one of the routes I like best, the one from Livingston MT to Salt Lake City, Vegas and LA doesn't seem to be a route that shows up in the Open Railway Map that someone posted a link to last week. Are there tracks that actually cover that route? It runs off the North Coast...
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    Pensioner's Progress: Visiting India on a Pension...

    v v, I took the Trans Sib twice, once in the winter and once in the summer and both were nice but the winter trip was the better of the two. The unending snowy forest was simply awe inspiring! I saw a hunter or two but it was just primeval in the empty vistas. When I was looking out the window...
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    Railroad crossing accidents

    We had something similar in Arlington VA on Washington Blvd. It is a regular cross walk but there is an amber warning light to get drivers to pay attention to pedestrians. The pedestrian hits the button, the light goes on and hopefully the drivers slow and stop. Within a month of it being...
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    Flynn on Amtrak

    I agree with AmtrakFlyer but would carry it a bit further. That map just calls out for a train that would run from Portland to Boise, either Salt Lake City or Cheyenne, then Denver, Oklahoma City, Forth Worth/Dallas and on to Houston. I like Cheyenne as a destination but SLC makes more sense, I...
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