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  1. Blackwolf

    UP's (and BNSF's) Feather River Problem

    Suffice to say, the only viable interstate rail line in Northern California is UP's Donner Pass route. The famed Feather River Route is now severed. As is BNSF's Gateway Subdivision. The following video is of the Gateway Subdivision route... Immediately north of the Keddie Wye. It is unknown...
  2. Blackwolf

    Trump Treatening VETO of 2020 Spending over Amtrak?

    Got this email from RPA just now: The White House issued a veto threat against the fiscal 2020 funding bill, saying President Trump was "disappointed" at Congress for boosting investment in Amtrak instead of eliminating the National Network, as outlined in the President's budget request. The...
  3. Blackwolf

    Coast Starlight "hijacked" by Drunk Man

    I'm not in a position to research the times associated with #11 and #14 to determine if it was the Northbound or Southbound CS, but it seems to have been an "interesting" early Monday morning for the operating crew in Mount Shasta! Man arrested in Mount Shasta for jumping on moving Amtrak...
  4. Blackwolf

    Coast Starlight disrupted due to Delta Fire near Dunsmuir

    The Delta Fire, located just south of Dunsmuir, has affected the Union Pacific mainline between California and Oregon. The latest news is that the fire has actually burned both the trackage itself, along with signaling and communication infrastructure for the railroad. As a result, both trains...
  5. Blackwolf

    No Blue "Nightlights" in Coach/BC

    This may have been answered in a previous post I am unaware of, but I ask for your indulgence. I recall a time in the distant past where, upon the 10 PM curfew, both the florescent lights above the windows -and- the white portions of the blue and white central isle lightning fixtures were shut...
  6. Blackwolf

    Coast Starlight Annulment (due to mudslidesJan 2018)?

    Nothing has been put out officially by Amtrak... Yet. It would appear that today's #14 has been cancelled in its entirety between Los Angeles and Oakland, and that yesteday's #11 has been terminated in Oakland. The Coast Starlight route went into official "Service Disruption" sometime last...
  7. Blackwolf

    SMART (Marin Co) Looking East

    Looks like the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit is looking to expand its operations in a very substantial manner only three months after running their first revenue service. This proposed expansion would connect SMART to the National Network, and make the Suisun City/Fairfield Capitol Corridor...
  8. Blackwolf

    12 PV's on tonight's 48!

    Will try to get some photos, but here's a heads-up to enthusiasts between Chicago and Albany. There's 12 private cars on the back of #48 tonight (9/11/17). Twelve of them! That makes my train one of the, if not THE longest passenger train running in North America this week! Get your cameras...
  9. Blackwolf

    CZ Schedule Change?

    This one caught me off guard. Me and Mrs. Blackwolf are headed East from SAC on Saturday September 9 on the California Zephyr, which normally leaves at 11:09 am. This morning I got a revised itenerary from Amtrak that now has the departure from SAC at 12:39 pm. There is no reason stated for...
  10. Blackwolf

    Air Canada Near-Miss at SFO

    This one is making quite the (understandable) buzz in the transportation and aviation world: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/10/exclusive-sfo-near-miss-might-have-triggered-greatest-aviation-disaster-in-history/ The FAA is absolutely investigating this one. So far it appears AC759 was on a...
  11. Blackwolf

    Sacramento Steetcar One Step Closer

    The SacBee is reporting that things are looking up for the Sacramento streetcar project. This project is planned to connect downtown Sacramento with the riverfront district of West Sacramento. The self-imposed tax ($80 million a year) on downtown businesses passed with more than an 80% margin...
  12. Blackwolf

    Sacramento Depot "Grand Re-Opening" 2/23/17

    Last minute info here. Sacramento's Amtrak station, known as Sacramento Valley Station, is now complete with its full rehab and overhaul. Tomorrow, Thursday February 23, is the official "Grand Re-Opening" ceremony and there will be several public tours of the complete facility (including areas...
  13. Blackwolf

    Exclusive Electrified Passenger Tracks for Capitol Corridor?

    Random search tonight turned up this little gem of an article from earlier this month. https://oaklandnorth.net/2016/10/04/transit-experts-gather-to-discuss-expansion-of-bay-area-rail-network/ To quote a few points: Whoa! A whole new, greenfield double-track passenger-only route starting...
  14. Blackwolf

    Baggage - Acela or Regional NYP-BOS?

    Trip planning here. Me and two newbies to Amtrak will be traveling to the East Coast for Saint Patrick's Day festivities this upcoming March. We will be needing to get from NYP to BOS and each of us will have a full-size suitcase in tow along with smaller miscellaneous baggage. Would it be...
  15. Blackwolf

    Coast Starlight Service Disruption (14/22)

    Rough night for those traveling on and/or waiting for #14(22). No official word on a reason why, but a wildfire just south of Soledad is impacting the Coast Line since yesterday evening. Currently, passengers aboard #14 will be getting the daylight Shasta treatment, as it is currently more...
  16. Blackwolf

    Possible new threat to CAHSR?

    An opinion article out in today's Sacramento Bee newspaper. Vice Chairman of the California State Board of Equalization and a State Senator from the central valley are teaming up to introduce a ballot initiative for next year that would strip the remaining $8 billion worth of Prop 1A funds and...
  17. Blackwolf

    Long-Term Parking in Chico (CIC)???

    So far my searches have been fruitless... Just how many parking spaces are set aside for Long-Term (greater than two days) parking at Chico, California? And does anyone here have first-hand knowledge on which ones they are in the parking lot? I work in Chico, and have had a discussion with...
  18. Blackwolf

    Air Canada A320 Crash-Lands at Halifax

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/air-canada-ac624-crash-lands-in-halifax-at-least-23-sent-to-hospital-1.3013979 An early morning incident at Halifax Stanfield International Airport sent 23 people to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, when an Air Canada flight from Toronto...
  19. Blackwolf

    A Quick SoCal Adventure Part 2

    The next few days were a happy blurr, and by Monday morning I was waking up in Rancho Bernardo. I had a hotel reservation on Monday night in San Diego, and needed to get from one to the other using transit. I was skeptical at first, but I found that San Diego's MTS has a really nice express...
  20. Blackwolf

    A Quick SoCal Adventure Part 1

    Here's a quick, down and dirty recap of a short trip down to Southern California to do nothing more than meet up with some very good friends and ride some trains. I left bright and early from Sacramento on the morning of Friday the 13th of March. Since I wanted to get into LAUS at a particular...
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