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  1. Tlcooper93

    Worst Passenger Rail Experience Ever?

    This isn't an Amtrak experience (I've been lucky I guess), but I took the SBB HSR from Zurich to Milan for a gig once. I had a first class ticket, but due to who knows why (age, racism, dislike of foreigners), the passengers around me tried to convince me that I had bought a second class ticket...
  2. Tlcooper93

    What is your predictive outlook for the future of Amtrak in the next 3 years?

    I think your post is fine, as trains and politics in the country are deeply intertwined. From what I understand (which could be wrong), Biden's economic plan includes an infrastructure overall, and centering job creation around that concept, which would be good for trains. My hope is that if...
  3. Tlcooper93

    Sleepers on NE Regional #66 and #67

    Essentially, this was the original plan, but it was abandoned in favor of wider roads and cheaper costs. The big dig was back in a time when America still subscribed to the "more lanes=less traffic" falacy.
  4. Tlcooper93

    Sleepers on NE Regional #66 and #67

    Wow, glad there is so much information here. A couple of takeaways from the conversation: Seems that I am not the only one to have heard the rumors of sleepers returning to the NE corridor. And even if it’s just a rumor, there seems to be some practical reasons why it would be good to have...
  5. Tlcooper93

    Sleepers on NE Regional #66 and #67

    Its hard for me to believe that it’s taken them this long to consider it. I’m not an expert in cost and pricing, but if you’re already running a train during the time table, would it be a huge dent in the budget to strap a viewliner to the back? Especially during covid, this might prove to be a...
  6. Tlcooper93

    Sleepers on NE Regional #66 and #67

    I live right near the Mass Ave crossing, and pretty much any time that there is a train coming, the engineers have to jump out and personally stop drivers from crossing. While there are lights for crossings, there are no gates that come down. It’s pretty funny, and a little bit sad.
  7. Tlcooper93

    Sleepers on NE Regional #66 and #67

    agreed. I personally think the N-S rail link isn’t possible. If it were ever going to be done, it had to have happened along with the Big Dig. And we all know how much of a disaster that was. In terms of the Cambridge connecter, it really isn’t feasible without major financial and political...
  8. Tlcooper93

    Sleepers on NE Regional #66 and #67

    I guess this begs the question now: We all agree that the there are rumors of a sleeper car return. So then where are these rumors coming from? Ahh, yes, the North-South Rail Link. It would render the Downeaster pointless should it exist. If this is a place where we can share our hopes and...
  9. Tlcooper93

    What is your predictive outlook for the future of Amtrak in the next 3 years?

    I personally believe we have reasons to be optimistic other than the new train friendly government. The word is out to most people: trains are a crucial part of a country’s infrastructure system and have been tragically neglected in America. a few soft predictions: -The gateway project...
  10. Tlcooper93

    Sleepers on NE Regional #66 and #67

    Interesting! What was the price tag on a set out roomette?
  11. Tlcooper93

    Sleepers on NE Regional #66 and #67

    Yes, I took the Twilight Shoreliner when i was younger. I do remember the set-out sleepers that they dropped off at NYC. It always seemed like such an odd concept. I’d rather take an Acela at night and check into a hotel slightly later. Personally, I can’t see a market for it. I guess I am much...
  12. Tlcooper93

    Sleepers on NE Regional #66 and #67

    Hello everyone, I've heard rumors about the re-introduction of sleepers to the BOS-WAS/NPN route. My guess/instinct is these are just rumors, knowing how Amtrak feels about these things. That said, I do think if they introduced one sleeper in both directions with no diner, that there would be...
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