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  1. Irelandvegas65

    Amtrak website

    Thanks for the information, it sounds like Amtrak has this well organized. Is the covid check sent to each person on out party or does the email have a link for each person? Also, what’s the best way to track the onetime or delay of our trains ( we have four segments) is the amtrak app the...
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    Coast Starlight - location in the consist

    If anyone knows ( I bet mr. Zephyr does) I am also wondering about where in the consist my rooms will be. It’s about two weeks from departure so I suspect the consist for each of my segements are set. Empire: car 730 Rooms A and B chi to sea Coast : car 1130 Rooms C and D sea to emy Zephyr ...
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    Coast Starlight - location in the consist

    If anyone knows ( I bet mr. Zephyr does) I am also wondering about where in the consist my rooms will be. It’s about two weeks from departure so I suspect the consist for each of my segements are set. Empire: car 730 Rooms A and B chi to sea Coast : car 1130 Rooms C and D sea to emy Zephyr ...
  4. Irelandvegas65

    Amtrak Dining

    Same here. Two weeks until the Empire Builder , segment one of three!!!
  5. Irelandvegas65

    Scanners, Radio and Other such tech inquiries

    I bought the Beofang UV-5R. Kit with two batteries and two antennas , charger and earpiece! heck of a deal.
  6. Irelandvegas65

    Scanners, Radio and Other such tech inquiries

    This has been so helpful! Thanks! I bought a hand held and the kit has two batteries, on radio sized one extended longer It also has the short and long antenna. I guess I’ll just bring both antennas (?) and both batteries and the charge base. Two days on empire, one on Coast and two on...
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    EMY to San Francisco bus

    For those of you intimately familiar with the EMY to SFO bus I have a question. E we will be arriving on the coast starlight from SEA and the schedule says around 910 am. Our hotel is near the gate to Chinatown the hotel Triton. Is that walkable? Or would you recommend Uber/Lyft ?
  8. Irelandvegas65

    Scanners, Radio and Other such tech inquiries

    That’s just brilliant! I’ll work on this my next day off! Thank you
  9. Irelandvegas65

    Scanners, Radio and Other such tech inquiries

    Great help getting me started Nick Farr! apple care was able to show/help me get the editor connected and show me how to download and upload to the editor. The download of the file from CHIRP was a bit more than we could figure out together, so I will just edit the list manually. Now figuring...
  10. Irelandvegas65

    Scanners, Radio and Other such tech inquiries

    I did buy theUV-5R. now to program in and learn the thing between now and the end of September when my journey starts.........
  11. Irelandvegas65

    EMY to Glenwood then to CHI changes in room type on both segments

    It was 6 It was 630. Since it’s only that leg of the overall trip, I’m sure we will be fine. By that part of the journey we will be used to train travel.
  12. Irelandvegas65

    EMY to Glenwood then to CHI changes in room type on both segments

    Thanks for that reply. I was focused on a first booked mentality but that makes sense. And add in the recent closure of that section due to avalanches, I was trying to puzzle it all together.
  13. Irelandvegas65

    EMY to Glenwood then to CHI changes in room type on both segments

    Today my TA called to let me know my bedrooms have been changed on the first let of EMY to Glenwood Springs OCt 7 and then ( oct 10) the bedrooms have been changed to Roomettes with a refunded amount to be sent out via my TA. Here are my questions. Does this happen often? Does it indicate...
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    Fire stops Coast Starlight. Bridge burned (6/29/21)

    I appreciate the enouragement for me and the rest of us who have a trip planned on CS between now and this Fall. For me, im am glad I am not one of the ones much closer to the announced "in service" date of the bridge, best wishes to everyone! For what its worth, my itinerary is: EB from...
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    Fire stops Coast Starlight. Bridge burned (6/29/21)

    I’ve been reading along and have mild concerns. Honestly not sure if I should or not at this point: my train departs Seattle oct 4th to EMY. It’s the second leg of Empire/CS/Zephyr back to Chicago. We have bedrooms in each segment. My alternatives would be to fly? Suck it up , ride the bus...
  16. Irelandvegas65

    No bedrooms available on Empire Builder

    Ill jump in on the Bar/revenue topic: I am guessing that most train riders would know when to "cut them selves off" and not get drunk and disorderly etc. But then that self limiting would keep a lid on revenue. I suspect some would over do it and that would cause problems. Being removed from...
  17. Irelandvegas65

    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    I was stating "why does it matter" meaning my question, in case anyone wondered why I would ask that. I suspect they will be a big difference from a technical standpoint, fuel and , I am guessing noise. I am excited, but sad I won't get to ride behind one this fall.......... Thanks Cal1
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    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    I have read a bunch of pages here and , honestly, my question is simple. Will the new ALC-42 be in service soon? Yes I am a lazy Newbie here and was just wondering because my first grand rail journey is Early October Empire to Coast to Zephyr with three two night stays along the way. What...
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    Scanners, Radio and Other such tech inquiries

    Based on the feedback here, some say bring it some say no worries if you dont, I reached out to a family member who I recalled has one and I think that might be the best idea, no need to buy, but some fun along the way. Ill confirm what type and frequencies it works on as I get closer to...
  20. Irelandvegas65

    Scanners, Radio and Other such tech inquiries

    I have been watching videos for my October 2021 Empire to Coast Starlight to Zephyr journey. One piece of tech I have seen are Scanners, tuned to Amtrak frequencies. It looks like a fun, and useful item, but a few minutes on Amazon show a great cost for a none regular Amtrak passenger. Can...
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