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  1. Qapla

    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    This video has some interesting comments - it does not seem to actually be "Live" - but, it was recorded live
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    How terrible is it to ride Coach with kids on long distance trains?

    Hey! I resemble that remark!
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    Since I do not live anywhere near St Paul I will defer to your knowledge of the area - I was only going by what my friend told me just as I was typing my post ... she also lives in ST Paul. ~~~~~~ On another thought - one of the news videos I watched (one of the above links) had some...
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    I re-read the comments and I see the St Paul area was being mentioned about finding accommodations for people stranded and I agree Amtrak should do what they can - sorry for the confusion. On the other hand, I was just talking with a friend who lives in St Paul (we were on Zoom) who said that...
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    If an airliner had come down in that remote part of Montana, more than likely there would have been far less people to "Accommodate" because the death toll would have more than likely been much greater. Amtrak cannot invent places to accommodate people in a place that is so sparse that it took...
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    I can understand the hesitance to ride the train - but, at the same time, how often have we seen terrible car accidents and continued to drive down that same road without the same hesitancy? These types of accidents are rare - I would still feel comfortable riding the train
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    Another video update
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    What type of member are you?

    It might help if you explain what you mean by "Train Travel Enthusiast" and "Railroad Enthusiast" ... what are the differences? Some of us may answer based on what we "think" you mean and may not really be on point for what you are actually asking.
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    Entertainment on the train

    Our Public Library has a very nice catalog of audio books that can be checked out free of charge. Some are on a device you actually carry with you, some are on CD (they even still have some on cassette tape) and then there are the ones you d/l directly to your device and you can just listen with...
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    Passenger mistaking someone else's room for theirs

    So, just like the toilet in the roomette ... one solution does not work for all. Maybe putting reservation numbers on the doors would work to identify passenger rooms without identifying the passengers to others
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    Will Hyperloop ever replace conventional trains?

    Or, at the least, they would all need a change of clothes upon arrival.
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    Brightline (FEC) Update

    The latest video
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    Engine Cab Layout

    That's not fair ... now mine doesn't make sense BTW - it should be noted it used to say
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    Engine Cab Layout

    I would think a single engineer would solve the problem the same way a married engineer would ......
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    Entertainment on the train

    Look out the window and catch items on my browser when I have Internet - I also bring movies to watch and audio books to listen to Oh, I forgot - it is also a nice quiet time to take a nap ...
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    Railway Gauge

    Ever use a 2x4 to build something? They are not all 2 inches by 4 inches ... that is the "nominal" dimension. Taking heat, cold, weight and movement into consideration, I would imaging that the 4'8.5" dimension of "standard gauge" rail is also nominal - since it will change as the temperature...
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    You eat in your room? Why?

    On one trip to NY on the Silver Meteor in coach I went to the café care to get something to munch and ended up sharing the table with a guy who was making an "emergency trip" back north. He told me him and his wife had just moved to Florida for her job. Someone in her family took ill and she had...
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    You eat in your room? Why?

    I might interject that "eating in your room" could also apply to "eating at your seat" when riding in coach - especially since you also have the option to eat in the café/lounge car. I have enjoyed both methods and, like eating in the dining car, I have also experienced some interesting...
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    How cold does it get on Amtrak Trains

    It may not be a matter of being ignored as much as your request is just the opposite of another passenger. I have been in many situations where I feel too warm while someone else is wrapping themselves up because they are too cold.
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