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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    Completely different. Those countries were in the Soviet block. Yugoslavia was not. Those countries were in the Warsaw Pact. Yugoslavia was not. Yugoslavia was a communist party, but that doesn’t mean it was in the Soviet block. And Ford was an idiot for saying that.
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    Amtrak Mesa to Phoenix 1980s

    McCain was a good man, but not good for Amtrak. But Cindy McCain was known to ride the Sunset Limited. Arizona is changing. Kyrsten Sinema is supportive. Tucson to Phoenix is a natural corridor.
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    Yugoslavia was not the Soviet block. Tito was communist, but went his own way.
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    I agree it’s subjective. Madison is more like the medium size German cities I lived near when I was overseas. Places like Mainz, Kaiserslautern, especially Schwerin which is almost identical in many ways. The outdoor cafes, beer gardens and street life. I hear you on Boston. Milwaukee reminds me...
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    Amtrak Mesa to Phoenix 1980s

    Hi everyone. If you are interested in bringing rail passenger service back to Tempe and Phoenix, getting the Sunset Limited daily and routing it back through Phoenix, please join All Aboard Arizona. You can find our website on the internet. We do twice annual rail summits, but we have been...
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    I would add that Madison is the most European like city in the US. Rail downtown would have been amazing and the ridership would have been through the roof.
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    They we’re always going to have both eventually, but the State of Wisconsin had a large office building on the tracks, next to the Convention Center and two blocks from the Capitol that they were going to refurbish into a downtown station. It was going to include parking close by and be adjacent...
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    Thank you for the thoughtful reply. Ultimately, the airport would have been in the mix once the line was extended to Minneapolis. But I still dissent. The view of rail as a park and ride was already obsolete then. With Millennials eschewing cars, bicycling taking off, Uber and Lyft, the airport...
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    It’s a great book. Sound management in the ‘60s could have saved the Milwaukee. A Milwaukee, C&NW, Rock Island merger done right, and early enough, might have given the Pacific Extension enough traffic to be successful. GE’s offer to finance the updating of electrifying and closing the gap would...
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    You’re right! Wisconsin has a reputation as a progressive state, but that’s really not the case. The anti-rail sentiment was ugly, and presented a completely unrealistic picture. I think it is the long tradition of ultra-conservative talk radio in the Milwaukee area and various “think tanks”...
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    Amtrak should have an overnight LA-Bay Area train

    Yes, this makes a lot of sense. Night trains are returning and expanding throughout the world. For those interested in the concept, google the Caledonian Sleeper which runs from London to Scotland overnight. Many are tired of air travel, and an overnight train could make easy connections to...
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    Madison will be served by way of Milwaukee and Watertown. Logical extension of the Hiawatha and the designated route for the Midwest High Speed Rail project. The Watertown to Madison segment is only 30 miles. The route through Janesville makes no sense, and is a lot of dark railroad with a ton...
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    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    I agree. Amtrak is not a factor, and no air executive views it as a threat. In the same way that Walmart and Target locate near each other, the more people travel is just good for business.
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    Definitely add the southern route, but not at the expense of the Empire Builder which is a popular, established route, serving an extremely underserved area. There is no room for any route cuts in the already skeletal Amtrak system. A growing country needs more trains, not less.
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    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    I’m grown up, and it’s national or nothing. Period.
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    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    We live in a similar part of the world which is interestingly where the population growth and economic dynamism is. The Sunset Limited route serves faster growing, more population centers, and a greater population than the Northeast Corridor. Phoenix is the largest American city without rail...
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    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    I concur that Anderson was not all bad.
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    Items stolen on Amtrak train

    Over the years, I’ve traveled over tens of thousands of miles by rail and thankfully, have never had anything stolen. I think it’s very rare.
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    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    I think we can all agree that Anderson was not positive. The war on the long distance trains was especially ridiculous. Anyone with a brain can understand that they serve many states and congressional districts and thus, are politically essential to Amtrak’s existence. On the other hand, that...
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