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  1. ehbowen

    Should monorail replace passenger railroads?

    Well, you specifically referenced Disney. But okay; let's take Japan. Wikipedia shows that they currently have ten monorail lines in service. And, as far as I can see, they are all commuter service or airport transfer; I don't see a single intercity passenger transport monorail in the bunch...
  2. ehbowen

    Should monorail replace passenger railroads?

    You do realize that the Disney monorails are limited by design to a top speed of 55 mph, but by policy are not allowed to exceed 40 mph (speed limit), don't you? Conventional rail trains can make 79 mph over track in at least halfway decent condition as long as ABS signaling or better is in...
  3. ehbowen

    Should monorail replace passenger railroads?

    You think monorails never break down? There's a reason Disney has a diesel-powered monorail "tow motor" at its resorts...
  4. ehbowen

    Should monorail replace passenger railroads?

    It is much cheaper to build on the ground where feasible. Conventional railroads can be built on the ground, or on elevated structures, or underground in tunnels with very few restrictions or alterations. Monorails have to be built up in the air. Conventional railroads have the flexibility to...
  5. ehbowen

    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    Jack, that was before my time personally, but I understand that double-deck cars had been in use in commuter services for several years before the "Hi-Level El Capitan"...the first long-distance train to use the concept...was introduced. And the Santa Fe system had been built "high and wide"...
  6. ehbowen

    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    Back about 45 years ago John Kneiling (Trains, "The Professional Iconoclast") made a proposal to increase the track gauge to 14 feet...by using existing double track! (Where it still existed, of course.) The extra wide cars would span a pair of tracks, with bogies in pairs with equalizers...
  7. ehbowen

    Superliner Upper Bunk Solution?

    I'm a fairly big guy (5' 11"; 230#) and I have no problems at all with a Superliner upper berth. Of course, I also spent three years living aboard a U. S. Navy battleship...
  8. ehbowen

    First ever Amtrak Experience

    Yes, the National Junior Classical League. My high school was in the top three (usually the top one!) in the Texas State Junior Classical League for essentially the entire tenure of my former high school teacher, Richard Golenko (now retired). Edit To Add: My area of specialty was Roman...
  9. ehbowen

    First ever Amtrak Experience

    It was the summer of 1979. I had unwillingly relocated with my family to California (Antelope Valley/Quartz Hill); being 16 at the time I had little say in the matter but I was quite pleased when the relocation turned out to be temporary. But for that summer I had planned a trip back to Houston...
  10. ehbowen

    First NEC Sleeper Journey - A Huge Letdown

    If you'll read back to where I originally commented, you'll see that I never suggested using Superliner equipment on the Boston section or anywhere on the LSL. I just brought that up to show that, if there's a will, there is a way. For this specific train, my suggestion was that they might put a...
  11. ehbowen

    First NEC Sleeper Journey - A Huge Letdown

    The Houston section of the Texas Eagle was two cars...a Superliner coach (with lower level seating for ADA), and a coach/café (with the café on the lower level). No baggage compartment. As I said, they made do; they tucked the checked bags into the A/C equipment space between Dallas and Houston...
  12. ehbowen

    First NEC Sleeper Journey - A Huge Letdown

    That's just lack of will. There is always a way to do it if you want to. I remember when the Houston section of the Texas Eagle. was still running. They didn't have a baggage car, either...but they offered checked baggage. They used the A/C equipment space at the end of the Superliner Cafe/Coach...
  13. ehbowen

    Canadian Pacific buying Kansas City Southern?

    Cue new nickname "Cupcake" in 3...2...1... Agreed as to that last.
  14. ehbowen

    Eliminating open-plan seating and having all cars be compartments

    You do know what would happen, right? The cell phone users would chafe at sharing that space behind the partition with others like themselves, and would move out into the general seating area to make their calls. SEE ALSO: History of "smoking sections" on Amtrak trains...
  15. ehbowen

    Official Guide 1971

    I think I've seen that cover somewhere before....
  16. ehbowen

    How is tipping done in a cash-less Amtrak world?

    Their position is that we ought to be able to make it up and average minimum wage with the tips we earned when we were waiting tables. So they had us do chores in back such as refilling ketchup bottles, preparing portions of butter, sour cream, etc. for the baked potatoes, receiving deliveries...
  17. ehbowen

    How is tipping done in a cash-less Amtrak world?

    Another former waiter here (1999 timeframe), although only short-term. The restaurant (local chain) which I worked in did not deduct the charge fee from credit card tips...BUT, they charged me a commission (2% in training, raised to 3.2% after the first few weeks) on all of my sales! They used...
  18. ehbowen

    Amtrak Dining

    If that happens, they'll simply say that travelers no longer want to travel by train and discontinue the route. 👿
  19. ehbowen

    You've been appointed President of Amtrak....with a catch

    You have discovered my Secret Plan. Now I must silence you. Muahahaha!
  20. ehbowen

    You've been appointed President of Amtrak....with a catch

    Back when through transcontinental sleepers were carried on the major name trains (late '40s-mid '50s), the standard practice was to leave your inbound train upon arrival in Chicago, do some shopping or sightseeing inside the Loop, then take Parmelee or a taxi to the station for your departing...
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