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    No Sightseer Lounge on California Zephyr #6 (9)

    On California Zephyr #6 (9), the Sightseer Lounge was replaced with a Cross Country Cafe. The LSA made an announcement about the Sightseer Lounge being missing from the consist due to a lack of equipment. By lunch heading into Chicago, the Cross Country Cafe was sold out of everything but...
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    Historic East Penn Railroad Stations

    Completed in 1859, the East Penn Railroad covered 35.8 miles with 18 stops from Allentown to Reading. For most of its history this line was part of the Reading Railroad, providing a crucial link between the road's mainline, the Lehigh Valley, and New York City. The line still sees heavy...
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    The Texas Zephyr

    This train extends the route of the California Zephyr, connecting Denver to Houston via Colorado Springs and Dallas. This follows the old CB&Q route, which wasn't a candidate for Amtrak service as it was dropped in 1967. Since then, the major cities on this route have drastically increased...
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    Extension of the Night Owl to Charlotte

    Amtrak recently added sleeper cars to trains 65-67, the overnight service between Boston and Washington. These trains currently continue to Newport News, Virginia, albeit without sleeper service south of Washington. I think this train could get much more patronage if it instead continued to...
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    Secondary Midwest connection point

    In decades past, St. Louis was considered a much more important city than it is now. Many transcontinental travelers connected between East-West trains at St. Louis. Today, all these connections are made in Chicago. That works well considering the populations of Chicago and St. Louis, but St...
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    Spectrum News 1: Amtrak Expanding Service in N.C. with Major Projects in Development

    This story is extremely light on details, but says the North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to add a new route from Richmond to Raleigh, new service between Charlotte and Atlanta (I assume a second train on the Crescent route that isn't in the middle of the night), and new service...
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    Amtrak Detroiter

    With President Biden elected, it is worth considering new Amtrak routes. This train is a cross-platform transfer in Pittsburgh from the Pennsylvanian, which continues along the Capitol Limited route to Toledo. At Toledo it turns north and heads to Detroit. 8:30 p.m. - mile 0 - Pittsburgh...
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    Voters in Austin, Texas, pass $7 billion mass transit plan

    Catching up on election news now that the big one is decided! Austin voters passed Proposition A, funding a large expansion to the local mass transit system including quite an ambitious light rail expansion. They're planning to add Orange, Blue, and Green lines to the existing Red Line. I...
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    Stations that should be replaced

    I will nominate Elyria, Ohio - The Amshack in Elyria burned down in 2013 and was replaced with a bus shelter. This is the closest station to me, but the lack of a station building means I only use it in the summer. Passengers get confused because the trains come by in the middle of the night...
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    3-day sale on reward travel

    I got an email saying Amtrak is doing a 3-day sale on tickets purchased with points. The official site has the same information that was in the email, and there's also this press release. With so many saver fares available, it doesn't seem worth booking a coach seat with points. But a 25%...
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