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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    I think infer how those transponders work in snow?
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    Lessons learned from Chi-Stl HSR YouTube video from High Speed Rail Alluance

    IMHO they need to double track and increase frequencies with reliable performance. Once that’s established they can compete with driving. People like to say you can drive between chi-Stl in 4 hours. But that’s with no stops for bathroom breaks. Add in even one McDonald’s stop and you are...
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    Lessons learned from Chi-Stl HSR YouTube video from High Speed Rail Alluance

    There is an explanation of why trains are not going over 90 mph in the near future. Basically it takes too many seconds for the computers to coordinate the gps, and radio signals from trains to ensure safe operation above 90 mph. Increased frequencies to 10 round trips a day requires double...
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    Amtrak BidUp (Bidding for Upgrades to Business Class/Acela First Class)

    Would not interest me. If I’m traveling overnight I’m booking a sleeper.
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    City of New Orleans Jackson MS Station Food delivery?

    To short of a stop imho. Also trains are delayed on CN so timing is difficult to coordinate.
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    Amtrak Vulnerability Assessment

    Once the electricity goes, the signals stop working. Then trains stop moving. Eventually the dispatchers move trains at restricted speed until signals and power at restored. I’ve experienced two significant delays because of this. The first was in August 1997. It was my gf’s first trip on...
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    Brightline not operating due to Covid? Any idea when they might resume operations.

    Early in 2020 Brightline, FECR and Florida Dispatching Company gave up on their original plan to enhance the existing ATC system on FECR to make it one that met the PTC requirements. Instead they signed a new contract with Wabtec to install I-ETMS, The work started around mid-year 2020 AFAICT...
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    Lounge in Chicago

    The showers are a plus. I’ve used after going to the station after work with no time to go home first. It was nice to be completely clean and refreshed for a nights ride in the train.
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    Brightline not operating due to Covid? Any idea when they might resume operations.

    Jishnu, thank you. That was was very helpful. I appreciate the time you took to explain this to me.
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    Brightline not operating due to Covid? Any idea when they might resume operations.

    I will be traveling to Florida the last week in March. Part of the reason for the trip was to ride brightline. I went on their website to check schedules and discovered that it was not operating and was instructed to check back. Tri-rail is running. Why would Brightline not be running.
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    Business class on Woverine-Is it worth the extra cost?

    Plan ahead. Business class is sold out on most trips on the Wolverine service.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    If they fix the issues with air conditioning, heating and toilets during the rebuilding process that would be great.
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    Reserving a Silver Meteor Viewliner II Sleeper

    I assumed 11 was highest number available. I should have known better.
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    Reserving a Silver Meteor Viewliner II Sleeper

    I booked 97 from NYP to Miami on 3/29/21. This is the Monday before Easter. I see that someone was riding in the 12 car in the past couple of day in what I considered to be the low season. I had asked for the 11 car, perhaps I should have asked to see if there is a 12 car on that days trip.
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    Sunday(14)/Monday(15) Texas Eagles Cancelled

    I drove to and from STL this weekend. Nothing was moving on the UP. Apparently there was a freight derailment early Saturday morning in normal. The crossings were blocked and. Had to take a longer route t croissant tracks. As we drove south Saturday saw two or three freights stopped south of...
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    Texas Eagle (2/9/21) stopped due to trespasser incident

    It was night time. I was aware of both sets of tracks. If a train approaches on one set of tracks all the gates go down. The gates and lights activated after I crossed the firs set of tracks and before I reached the second set. There were bushes and trees obstructing my view. So I waited. I...
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    Texas Eagle (2/9/21) stopped due to trespasser incident

    This is the crossing. https://goo.gl/maps/5u1tUzj2LaGwWi7Y8 There is one set of gates on the north side of both sets of tracks. There were gates on the south side of the south set of tracks. We stopped in the area between the two sets of tracks.
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    Texas Eagle (2/9/21) stopped due to trespasser incident

    There are some poorly designed and marked crossing out there. I got caught on one in Indiana in December. There were two sets of main line tracks running parallel to each other with a total of 4 tracks. The tracks were running east-west. I was on a road driving south. There are a set of...
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    Charger winter problems?

    What's strange is that versions of these engines operate in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany where there is snow and there apparently was no problem. But in the US there are problems. My uneducated guess is that the practices for maintaining the engines are different in Europe than in the US.
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