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    Siemens cars went on test run on CN on Monday-checking to see if they will set of the crossing shunts

    It amazes me that only CN has this problem. Perhaps they should actually install shunts that work.
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    Do any pictures of the old Randolph street Station exist?

    I've been checking around the internet and I don't really see any Randolph St. station photos before the latest refurbishment. I've used Randolph St. for more years than I can count and I never took a photo there! The station just isn't very photogenic. My early memories of the place, from the...
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    Republican coalition against Mobile Amtrak service

    I'm certain CSX, along with the other major railroads, have a full staff of lobbyists and are happy to make political donations to those who support their agenda ---both at the state and national level.
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    New Amtrak Proposed Routes Map has Dropped

    So these are all routes that state and local governments interested in, and in many cases, are well beyond the "wish list" status. It makes much more sense to work on these projects, rather than somebody's pipe dream.
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    New Amtrak Proposed Routes Map has Dropped

    I not sure the restoration of these routes, which travel through miles and miles of unpopulated areas, is necessarily a good idea. The establishment of corridors around the country serving cities that are currently underserved, or not served at all, would be a much better idea.
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    New Southern Belle

    CN recently unveiled a number of heritage units, including IC, EJ&E, GTW, Wisconsin Central.
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    New Southern Belle

    Well, for one thing, the chocolate and orange was only used on passenger units. IC's freight locos -- including the Geeps used in passenger service -- were always in black and white. During the ICG era, freight locos showed up in orange and white.
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    Brightline Orlando Extension

    I thought CSX offered its Homestead branch for sale to some sort of Florida governmental unit. I don't think the governmental unit accepted the offer.
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    Eliminating open-plan seating and having all cars be compartments

    I was under the impression that European railroads were eliminating compartments in favor of open seating.
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    New Southern Belle

    Why would you think a merger between two large freight carriers would pave the way for a new LD train? Certainly CP and KCS aren't thinking about it.
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    How Amtrak, Excursion Trains, and Good Marketing could all coexist in the German Style

    I think MeLittleMe has the right idea. A connecting bus between the Amtrak station in Flagstaff and the GCR station/hotel in Williams would certainly fill the bill. Transferring a coach and/or sleeper from Amtrak to the Grand Canyon would be a time-consuming and expensive operation. The Grand...
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    Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Morning Joe today

    Texas isn't building the Dallas-Houston HSR, a private company is. And the state legislature has put many obstacles in its path, thanks to complaints from land owners along the way.
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    Swiss Railway Cab Ride Videos

    Street running is quite dangerous and slow. Anyone running a railroad should avoid it at all costs. The ones in existence today are based on historical decisions that would be avoided if someone was building a route today.
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    How full does a LD train have to be to be profitable?

    Given Amtrak's mysterious accounting system, it is probably impossible to answer this question. It all depends on how overhead costs are allocated to each train. Some people on this board have argued that the eastern long distance trains do make a profit based on "above the rail" costs. There...
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    No cafe cars, please...

    I agree. We shouldn't waste out time talking about this.
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    Metra signs contract for new passenger cars

    Yet Metra Electric operated with fixed seating from the 1970's to the delivery of the HIghliner II's -- without any massive passenger revolution.
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    Restoring Service to Southern Montana (NYT Article)

    The train under consideration would be financially backed by Montana. It would under the best circumstances connect with the EB on both ends. It would probably be coaches and a cafe car. Anything else would be wild speculation. The issue of a revived Pioneer has nothing to do with the proposed...
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    Amtrak Alerts train #1 from Orlando

    It's a ghost alert!!! The spirit of the Sunset East is haunting Amtrak.
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    I guess I owe an apology to a couple of AU'ers from Michigan. You were right. I was wrong.
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Let's see, one of the guys in charge of the equipment says one thing, yet you agree with somebody who is just expressing an opinion without any backing. Good thinking.
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