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    Amtrak Detroiter

    Arriving in Detroit at 3:00 am isn’t feasible. The Wolverine has an ungodly late arrival too, and it’s not fun getting into Detroit at odd hours.
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    Could Amtrak acquire trackage anywhere?

    The Wellton Cutoff/West Line out of Phoenix would make a lot of sense for an Amtrak acquisition. It’s currently out of service, but could be rebuilt to 110 right away, and could even be high speed someday. LA-Phoenix-Tucson is a corridor with a lot of potential.
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    Auto Train Why not more routes?

    Why wouldn’t most people just rent a car at their destination? I’m not seeing the market for this.
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    Auto Train Why not more routes?

    That’s a really good point. The Auto Train works because you have a huge number of people concentrated in one place who want to go to another highly concentrated place, and not for a short period of time but to second homes. Also, rental cars are absurdly expensive in Florida so a multiple week...
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    Auto Train Why not more routes?

    After driving for 16 hours. There’s nothing else you can do.
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    Auto Train Why not more routes?

    You’re right. If your taking the train or plane, you’re much more likely to rent a car at your destination. If you really want your own car, you’re going to drive. The Auto Train is a niche of a niche market.
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    Auto Train Why not more routes?

    I think the Auto Train really only fits the niche it’s in, Chicago to Florida, or Chicago to Arizona. First of all, who is really itching to take their own car on vacation? Most people rent cars at their destination. The lack being able to bring your own car doesn’t hurt the airlines. I can’t...
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    This is the unfortunate and ridiculous impacts of bad decisions based solely on profit. If some combination could have kept the Milwaukee in business, it would have saves tons of jobs and the economic vitality of an entire region. I live in Southeast Arizona. This area has never recovered from...
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    Since we’re in fantasy scenarios, which are lots of fun, how about the ICC really preserving competition and having the GN merge with the Milwaukee and NP merge with the CB&Q. Then Rock Island and North Western find a home within those. To preserve competition, North Western goes to NP/CB&Q and...
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    The Staggers Act was not a success. Currently, the railways’ share of the freight business in the US is roughly the same as the share of freight transported by water. In percentages, about 17%. Post deregulation, the railroads decided they wanted to focus on hauling commodities, and little that...
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    2020 Voting Has Begun! Registration Deadlines Begin Oct. 4 (Pro-Rail and Non-Partisan)

    Biden unseated an incumbent president by the highest percentage since FDR beat Hoover. Having worked in elections for many years, fraud is impossible on a large scale. Elections have to be certified by a bipartisan board of canvassers. Elections are observed by members of both parties. Machines...
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    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    You are far too pessimistic about the actual competitive position of the Milwaukee Road. Again, GE offered to finance the re-electrification of the Milwaukee and bridging the gap. Not an issue. In the late ‘60s, the Pacific Extension was not in bad shape. You ignore the fact that the Pacific...
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    Amtrak’s own numbers show LD trains holding their own

    It’s all very interesting. There are two entirely separate kinds of markets for overnight trains in the US. The existing long distance trains and the shorter distance, overnight trains that could be developed. On the long distance trains, I would want to see marketing that indicated there was a...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Great summaries here of the time taken on other Amtrak car orders. I was going to just say that the Amfleet I and II orders were years apart.
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    Meals in the room?

    Love the pictures, the story and the information! Thanks. Beautiful Germany! Can’t wait to get back 😊
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    Meals in the room?

    I lived in Germany for awhile, and the service was usually very good. My German friends thought she might have been from the Deutschereichsbahn.
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    Amendment to CR blocking furloughs and thrice weekly long distance trains

    Three day a week service doesn’t save money and does permanent damage to the system. Conserving cash doesn’t do any good if you don’t have a railroad to run anymore.
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    Amendment to CR blocking furloughs and thrice weekly long distance trains

    This is absolutely the right answer right now. It’s clean, simple, can pass, and solves the immediate hurdle. Funding for the annual appropriation can be dealt with later.
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    Meals in the room?

    And be gone from your family for days at a time, and working at least twelve hour days. Plus, you have lots of people who think it’s the 20th Century Limited. Those folks should fly sometime. Even in first class, the service is spotty. For some reason, Amtrak is held to an unrealistic standard...
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    Meals in the room?

    OK, if you don’t tip, you’re a cheap skate. Dining cars, when they come back, 20% of the price of the meal if you had paid for it. The fact that it was included doesn’t mean you can leave a buck. Service attendant, $20. Just because workers are in a Union doesn’t mean you don’t tip. Try that in...
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