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  1. Night Ranger

    Tell Me About the Picture in Your Avatar-----

    Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park with most of my time spent at what was then the Lookout Mountain unit. I was a part time ranger mostly in interpretation but held a Class C commission too.
  2. Night Ranger

    Tell Me About the Picture in Your Avatar-----

    I did not have an avatar till this thread started. I chose this one because my older son said the phrase "Right On" suited me. I am a child of the 60s, a member of the first year of the baby boom. I make no apology for coming of age in the 60s because we were the generation that took the words...
  3. Night Ranger

    Would a Presidential "Amtrak One" Actually Work? 🚅

    As far as security goes, despite what events at the Capitol lead you to believe, most Presidential security is threat intelligence based and is very good. They know who has the capacity to make threats on the president and can usually address those threats long before people with weapons get...
  4. Night Ranger

    What is your daily routine on LD trains?

    Pre-COVID our routine seldom varied. We spent most of the time in our roomette enjoying the scenery, reading, napping, and listening to music. From to time, we would visit the club or lounge car and walk as much of the train as we could. All of our trips have been mostly on the Crescent (the...
  5. Night Ranger

    New DOT Service Animal definitions

    The allergy problem would still exist. I know several people who are allergic to cats but not to dogs and some the other way around - so, having a car where people with their animals can ride separate from those without animals would still create problems. I am one of those people who is...
  6. Night Ranger

    Will dining cars resume 12/15/20?/Flexible dining extended to May 2021?

    That is a fascinating story and reminded me of one about John D. Rockefeller and his attention to detail and penny pinching. It is a story I heard in a college class on the topic "Robber Barons or Captains of Industry." I cannot find any documentation to verify its accuracy but it certainly...
  7. Night Ranger

    Biden Amtrak article 11/15

    "Behind every great fortune lies a great crime." Attributed to Honore de Balzac and is certainly true in the case of the robber barons as well as many of today's wealthy class.
  8. Night Ranger

    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    "It *is* Ryanair afterall." Truer words were never exchanged on the internet. I understand maxing out capacity on an aircraft but Ryanair would sell places on the wings if they could design strong enough straps to hold the passengers in place. A couple of years ago they attempted to charge...
  9. Night Ranger

    Post-vaccine Amtrak travel

    I'm older than you are and have been getting flu shots since my late teens. I was one of the first kids in my hometown to get a polio shot and I got it as soon as it became available. As for a new Civil War, let me remind how the last one ended for the side that started the rebellion and lost...
  10. Night Ranger

    Stations that should be replaced

    That's certainly a viable proposal IMHO. Most anything would be an improvement over the present facility. Typically, we drive to Atlanta, park in the closest long term MARTA lot, and cab or Uber to the station. Closer parking along with your other suggestions are feasible and needed. The...
  11. Night Ranger

    Stations that should be replaced

    IMHO, a new building, especially one with better accessibility, would suffice unless parking has to be added. If parking lots are necessary then a new location would be needed unless property in the area was available for it.
  12. Night Ranger

    2020 Voting Has Begun! Registration Deadlines Begin Oct. 4 (Pro-Rail and Non-Partisan)

    I live near Athens and there are still a lot of senior citizens there who have first hand knowledge of what locals will always call "The Battle of Athens." These GIs were dead serious about exercising the right to vote that they had fought for overseas. They had the experience and the will and...
  13. Night Ranger

    Flexible dining - Requesting a review from a recent rider

    Anyone else recall Ozark Airlines? The army almost flew me from Nashville to San Antonio but for some undisclosed reason sent me via Greyhound instead. It was a long, tedious ride but, from what I heard later from some of my fellow trainees, it was probably a blessing. They flew Ozark to...
  14. Night Ranger

    The Biden Campaign Train is back in the news

    To further follow up, per CNN Biden was authorized Secret Service protection on 17 March code name “Celtic” the same one he used while VP. Prior to that date he depended on private security and local law enforcement. After a couple of instances of protestors jumping on stage Homeland Security...
  15. Night Ranger

    The Biden Campaign Train is back in the news

    Doesn’t matter. Even before being officially nominated candidates from both parties qualify for Secret Service protection and security briefings although I doubt that those briefings are as detailed as the ones our current leader doesn’t read. Also former presidents qualify for at least some...
  16. Night Ranger

    Business class on the Illini/Saluki is a ripoff

    "As a Delta ACS employee: DAY-DTW is usually operated by a CRJ-200. The "Deuce Canoe" barely counts as an aircraft; it's a glorified Greyhound bus that breaks far too often. Glad we're finally getting rid of it. " Last month I spent 45 minutes on a CRJ-200 to get to a connecting hub. Next time...
  17. Night Ranger

    How Covid safe are Amtrak sleepers?

    This is the same set up my unit has. The paper filter is especially good with dust.
  18. Night Ranger

    The Sign Above the Tunnel

    The "See Rock City" signs that formerly dominated pre-Interstate highways within 300 miles of Chattanooga, TN, are slowly fading away as the barns and the roofs they were painted on disappear. Rock City kept a crew on the road almost year round painting and refurbishing them until the 1970s I...
  19. Night Ranger

    USA Today Article on LD Service Cutbacks

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2020/09/09/amtrak-cuts-interrupt-north-south-connection-black-americans/5682942002/ It's an interesting story that describes the effects LD cutbacks are going to have on North-South travel plans Black travelers. The majority Black communities served by...