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    Quick trip to Boston. Fly one way on United and 449 back to Chicago.

    This trip was booked on second day of staff development for the school year. I was already stressed. So booking a trips was the logical response. So while the Principal was walking around and touching each teacher on the shoulder and saying good morning, the roomette on 449 was booked. Then...
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    Upgraded!!

    I was booked on Sunday’s departure of 449 from Boston to Chicago. I paid a higher bucket for a roomette and got 9. Was perfectly happy. Then tonight I got an email from Amtrak and I had been moved to bedroom A. What a surprise. Ive never had this happen before.
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    Chi-STl RT 301-306: will we really travel 90 mph?

    This is a quick trip for the end of Summer. I booked it on Wednesday. Surprisingly BC was available for both trains even at this late of booking. Arrived at Union station and proceeded to gate area. A short wait and then we boarded at 6:45. BC was at head end. The conductor scanned tickets...
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    Trip Report. Steve introduces Rosalyn to the Coast Starlight and California Zephyr

    The genesis of this trip occurred when Rosalyn informed me that she would like to go back to Mt. Shasta for her birthday. We went last year and she really enjoyed it. I enjoyed taking her. This year I thought about how I could include a ride on the Coast Starlight and California Zephyr...
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    Rumors on Facebook about Amtrak removing 530/630 car line number

    I read a post on Facebook where someone was moved out if the 630/530 to the 40 car. Their reservation was messed up and they would not have found out if they had not checked their reservation. I thought something like this might happen in the fall. Not the middle school f summer when ridership...
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    Business class on a Superliner 393 Chicago to Carbondale on May 30/31

    The idea of this trip originate while my father and I were driving around downstate, Illinois. We stopped at the McDonalds in Gillman 3 weeks ago and had dinner. Then I pulled out and headed east on US 24. The gates went down. I knew I would be seeing the Illini. I was surprised to see...
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    Superliners on 391 yesterday.

    I was driving through Gilman, Il. Timing was perfect. I saw 391 with a sightseer lounge and 6 or 7 coaches. No baggage cars. Now I want to ride it. Is it normal operating practice to use superliners on 391 and 392?
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    Chicago to St. Louis same day round trip on May 1.

    This trip occurred at the last minute. I originally had plans to spend the day with my GF. She sent me a text early in the morning letting me know that she was not feeling well. She knew that I would probably want to take a train trip and encouraged me to do so. Once that I had established...
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    Rumors/facts about Superliner refurbishment/replacement

    There has been discussions in several posts about the need to replace or refurbish the superliners. I thought it would be beneficial to start a separate thread for this discussion. I’ve grown to appreciate the superliners. I was about 10 years old when they came out. I had had enough dome...
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    MWHSR video on CREATE and union station

    Midwest high speed rail created a video about improvements around union station and updates on CREATE.
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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

    The article is from Trains Magazine. It is behind a pay wall. There is also a thread over on train orders. The purpose of the trip was to determine if the new cars would activate the crossing shunts to get the gates to go down. The article stated that CN and the state of Illinois have been...
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    Lessons learned from CHI-STL HSR YouTube video from High Speed Rail Alliance

    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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    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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    Safety and Security: Amtrak expects Positive Train Control will be interoperable with other railroads but could better measure system reliability

    SAFETY AND SECURITY: AMTRAK EXPECTS POSITIVE TRAIN CONTROL WILL BE INTEROPERABLE WITH OTHER RAILROADS BUT COULD BETTER MEASURE SYSTEM RELIABILITY...
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    Illinois plans for Siemens Cars. 90 mph first part of next year.

    This video provides details. The plan is to run 4 coach cars and use the horizon cafe/BC cars for food service unit the order is complete in 2022/2023. This will start on chi-STL line. Then expand to other routes. 90 mph is supposed to happen next year.
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    SWC #3 chi-LAX

    Entered union station and saw that he great hall was empty. It’s a cool fall day outside and cool in the great hall. I found the automatic ticket machine and printed my ticket before entering the lounge. I thought about getting ticket printed there but saw one of the can’t do employees...
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    Round trip from Chicago to Eugene Oregon via PDX

    This is a trip report on a bout a round trip on 27 and 28 with a trip to Eugene Oregon on the Talgo and return on the Coast Starlight. I am packed. Got a newscanner, and got everything lined up for a great trip. I enjoy riding in the sleeper on 27/28 because it is the last car on the...
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    Acela questions: Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 menus in lounge car plus using first class seating seat assignment system

    I am planning a trip on the Acela for August. Is there a way of telling which cycle menu is used in the lounge car? The website states that it is rotated monthly. So is it logical that cycle 1 is January, cycle 2 February, etc to conclude that August would be cycle 2? The second question...
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    Round trip to Chicago- Washington, DC. 50, 29

    This trip was planned relatively quickly. It came about because of the “I want to ride a train now” urge. I talked with my buddy Mike, and he was game too. So the trip was booked on Sunday night. On Thursday we would take 50 to Washington, DC. On Saturday we would take 29 back. At the...
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    Stations where one can order food to the train

    I’m thinking this is another one that can be pinned at the top. Suggestion: People can post there experiences ordering food to be delivered to station as train arrives. Examples might be Albuquerque, Denver, Albany Rensselae etc. places that have DoorDash.
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