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    The obsession with the past is hurting the future of passenger rail

    Anchorage Alaska has a airport connection spur off of the Anchorage Whittier/Seward main line. Used exclusively by the Cruise Lines (passengers) This would be a great deal instead of busing from the port. Trains have spacious accommodations and optional meal service and did I mention the scenery...
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    Are they shutting down the NEC (or parts of it) next week?

    Would there be a security pass given to congressional officials to ride the train and have an escorted pick-up to the Capitol area ? This if the train has to transit the station to wye the return - may as well make the best of the limited revenue and required operation. A lot of unanswered...
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    Would a Presidential "Amtrak One" Actually Work? 🚅

    One thing for sure - Air Force ONE will not be getting a weekend workout with golf vacations. The Biden homestead in Delaware will be easily accessible by Marine ONE and could even entertain Amtrak ONE - A armored Budd Car with the Marine ONE escort on a course of an un-announced schedule for...
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    The obsession with the past is hurting the future of passenger rail

    Planes don't fly "city center to city center" - helicopter connections are a thing of the past. For the most part the NEC does not need the plane. Chicago's two airports O'Hare and Midway are miles away from downtown - Union Station however is walkable (or a quick cab ride) - and yes there is...
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    Is Live Camera from Crewe Station, UK of interest?

    The one at Crewe is great for activity, All is quiet on the western front LOL ! - Of course it is 02:15 am in the morning there. but I love the ones near Dawlish Beach for "watchability" Is there a LINK for that ? And other points of interest ?
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    The wreckage has been found and the black (Orange) boxes located --- Therein we will know more about what happened - Pilot error ? Weather conditions ? Maintenance issues ? Sabotage ? Other ? Combination of all the above ? What is very sad is the loss of the 10 youngsters - cutting life all too...
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    Would a Presidential "Amtrak One" Actually Work? 🚅

    Let the Secret Service work out the details - it is possible and doable. Anywhere along the NEC a helicopter (or two) could pace the train and secure the President if needed to an airport with the 747 Air Force One standing by. Keeping it simple while avoiding a lot of complicated modes of...
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    Safest Airlines Rated ✈

    West Jet and Delta are working up a code sharing partnership - watch for competitive border skirmishes - but you are still not covid free to roam across the border randomly !
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    Safest Airlines Rated ✈

    So many variables in the classes of service: Economy Coach - aka back of the bus Basic Coach - middle of middle of the coach section Comfort Coach - section just behind Business (faux First Class) Business - faux First Class almost near the front of the plane First Class - close to the front of...
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    Would Viewliners like these be possible (Or even Useful)?

    Ya just what you need in creature comforts S-P-I-R-I-A-L staircases or something out of a mad movie made in the Winchester Mansion - 13 steps leading to the ceiling ! Elevators were installed in the Alaska RR bi-level cars although no sleeping accommodations - I don't know about how the Rocky...
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    Colorado Ideas?

    Reference thread about Rocky Mountaineer - - -
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    Rocky Mountaineer in the Colorado Rockies

    If we can't fly take a train cruise to/from Canada --- bring the train to the USA ! There is superb scenery in all seasons in Colorado !
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    Ferries, Ferries, and still more Ferries

    What no floating ICE Highway to negotiate - - - Strange I don't view salt water freezing Maybe not enough traffic to operate the ferry for at least one round trip daily ? But then with the quarantine stay home orders it is probably just as well That 300 km - 4 hour drive is some detour...
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    NIMBYS - Your Thoughts?

    Regarding those flashing lights at the crossing - a serious upgrade would perhaps fix the inattention. F-L-A-S-H-I-N-G - - - S-T-R-O-B-E - - - L-E-D lights as previously mentioned used on emergency vehicle. This being the season for putting up lights on the trees - houses and many other places...
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    AU Members with Frequent Flyer Affinity Status

    Member request from jiml: Interesting sidebar to this conversation is how many AU'ers are also frequent flyers. Stories to be told elsewhere of course. I'll start this off WWW FF with Delta Airlines as a revenue customer and a 29 year retired employee. Space Available employee travel is great...
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    Thread started in Non-Rail Transportation - AU members with Frequent Flyer Affinity Status
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) recently opened a hotel within the airport. Great when there is availability - weather may throw this out of kilter with the airlines (Delta mostly) using it for a cancellation reroute alternative. Light Rail available for downtown (both cities) transportation - rail &...
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    Empire Builder question (re Wolf Point)

    In case you didn't plan on it - BEWARE - the EB operates 3 days out of the week - Schedule LINK: Empire Builder-Chicago-Portland-Seattle-October192020 (amtrak.com)
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    NIMBYS - Your Thoughts?

    Solution void the liability issues with "NO TRAIN HORN" ! Still have the flashing lights signs silent visual reminders ! But there will still be idiots ignoring the safety factors. Hard to explain in a court hitting the 97th car of a 115 car train racing to beat it to the crossing ! Yet even in...
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    Hotels at Amtrak connection points nationwide

    The airports have hoards of hotels around most of their perimeter - even that Mall of America in Minnesota has two - but have hotels conveniently located next to a train depot - when was the last time you took a steam locomotive - something in bygone years ! Granted you don't want your hotel in...