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    Comparing Amtrak B/R fare to First Class Air Fare

    I was checking out some prices to do a circle trip between ABQ, Chicago, NOL, and Deming NM and found some of the astronomical fares were when I selected a date that the SSL didn't run from NOL to DEM; it gave me a price anyways and put me on the CONO to Chicago, then the TE to Deming. I had to...
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    Sleeper 9712...Wow!

    Well, there have to be steps to get up to the upper bed regardless if one of the steps is also a toilet.
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    Railroad crossing accidents

    Roundabouts sound perfect for 5-way intersections. What gives me a heart attack is where there are 2 roundabouts right next to each other with double lanes. Yikes!
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    Biden Infrastructure Details

    What do you mean by "off the chain"?
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    Amtrak Dining

    Thanks for the clarification from someone who was actually paying attention. I don't remember seeing a shower in there, but wasn't looking for one and am not always observant. It was my first Amtrak ride in almost 50 years. I haven't yet taken a shower on the train. Perhaps I'll try it the...
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    Amtrak Dining

    I don't think the H rooms on the Superliners have a shower in the room itself, but there is a shower in the same car that is accessible. For some reason, even though we signed up and paid for a roomette, at some point prior to our trip, we got a message from Amtrak indicating that they were...
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    Biden Infrastructure Details

    There are substantial population centers in the US near the Mexican border where travel to Mexico doesn't really cost anything. For many, it's not even a day trip to and back, it's a morning or afternoon trip.
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    Biden Infrastructure Details

    And optometry/eyeglasses.
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    Sleeper 9712...Wow!

    When there are employees lounging in the diner, does that mean they are on an official break or just need to put their bodies somewhere when they're not actively working on some issue? In other words, if a passenger needs something, maybe going to the dining car is a surefire way of finding...
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    Amtrak Dining

    Which restaurant in ABQ? Sorry that I failed to wave at you. You went through ABQ on Sunday?
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    Amtrak Dining

    With regard to indigestion and other GI issues, sometimes when traveling on a train, I too have gotten indigestion after eating both flex fair as well as traditional dining whereas it doesn't happen nearly as often when I'm on dry land. I have assumed it's because the train motion jostles my...
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    Is "socially distant" seating no longer used?

    Maybe that explains what happened on the SWC once when I boarded it in ABQ. About 60 people got on that particular day in ABQ and we were assigned seats inside the depot, but on the train, the seat I was assigned to was already taken. Same thing for the person I ended up sitting next to. I...
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    Is "socially distant" seating no longer used?

    I thought seating on the Cardinal had always been assigned. It was the few times I took it pre-Covid19.
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    Canadian Pacific buying Kansas City Southern?

    I first heard it on NPR this morning. Among other things, the report mentioned that it will help with re-shoring of manufacturing. I think they called it "close shoring" presumably because Canada and Mexico are closer to the US than China.
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    Canadian Pacific buying Kansas City Southern?

    With regard to the Keystone pipeline comments, are you saying that this new railroad will be carrying oil because the pipeline was nixed?
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    Amtrak unveils new 50th Anniversary units & Phase VII paint scheme

    Nope, I'm still seeing an antibody. Too many years of working with immunology has twisted me, I guess.
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    Amtrak unveils new 50th Anniversary units & Phase VII paint scheme

    When I had previously seen the Phase I livery, I thought to myself, "Why do they have a pictogram of an antibody on the train?" I was a biomedical scientist, so that's why it looked like that to me. Then I thought it must be a pictogram of a wye, but it never occurred to me it was the...
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    Im Riding the Eagles after a Year!

    Curious combination. I would be concerned about getting chicken grease on my newly laundered clothes because that sounds like something I would do.
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    How Amtrak, Excursion Trains, and Good Marketing could all coexist in the German Style

    At one time, the average stay at the Grand Canyon was 3 hours. My sister worked as a Park Ranger there back in the '80s and considered such short stays to be sacrilege. But then I guess if it were longer that would clog up the place even more and it's plenty crowded as it is. I used to go...
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    Amtrak Dining

    We took the LSL in the summer of 2018 and ate the flex (or maybe it was called "contemporary") meals in a dining car. I had the Asian noodle bowl. So I'm confused about the shortage of heritage dining car idea. Were we just "lucky" to get an LSL that did have diner when most of them didn't?
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