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  1. jiml

    Looking for docent training material - Diners, Classic Pullman, RPOs

    I've never been to Galveston. I don't plan to fly anywhere for at least the next year or so, despite having tons of FF miles to burn. Amtrak's not really a budget-friendly option, so might have to schedule a road-trip, stopping by Austin to buy a friend of mine a beer or two. ;)
  2. jiml

    Looking for docent training material - Diners, Classic Pullman, RPOs

    I didn't even know Galveston had a railroad museum. Adding to bucket list if this border ever re-opens.
  3. jiml

    Looking for docent training material - Diners, Classic Pullman, RPOs

    I will always have special memories of ex-CN E-series sleepers. My first and many other overnights on a train.
  4. jiml

    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    We benefited from that in Mainz, being there on a Sunday when even our hotel's dining facilities were closed.
  5. jiml

    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    The slight increase in width proposed in the OP would hardly allow for an additional seat of the current proportions, so then you're talking about smaller seats to achieve 2 + 3. This is something airlines have mastered over the years, but would remove another one of the advantages Amtrak has...
  6. jiml

    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    American Airlines introduced a decent brand-name charcuterie plate (pre-order only) last year for shorter flights in FC. Probably gone for good now.
  7. jiml

    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    Most German train stations are pretty impressive. We couldn't believe that the one in the small city of Mainz had so many platforms, multiple restaurants and a supermarket on-site. The bigger the city, the better the station seemed to be the rule.
  8. jiml

    Number of Train Sets Used for Each Long Distance Train?

    I agree with you - just attempted to answer your question.
  9. jiml

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    It's the same here at most, although Costco and some others still allow two. Since people are only admitted one-at-a-time it's fairly easy to regulate. Our stores are never crowded - it's simply a case of big city rules to control crowds there applied to every location in a chain.
  10. jiml

    Number of Train Sets Used for Each Long Distance Train?

    It started with the thread that invited us all to make decisions on Amtrak's future, which had as one of its preconditions that the Auto Train had been sold to a private operator.
  11. jiml

    Number of Train Sets Used for Each Long Distance Train?

    It's important to note that the "heritage" railroads had lots of surplus equipment to draw on if something happened to a consist. It might not have been the same "customer experience" that passengers were expecting, but if substituted it would run. Amtrak does not have that luxury.
  12. jiml

    Siemens Venture Coaches: What Purpose Will They Serve?

    CAF isn't doing that well internationally either. Lots of reports about the problems with their products for the UK's Caledonian Sleeper.
  13. jiml

    Not Riding Just Watching

    I live very close to the CN/VIA main line east of Toronto, where I can hear all the trains and see several on a normal day. It's been quite an adjustment going from 34 passenger trains daily to 4. Freight has actually been up though, with not only a few more trains than normal but much longer...
  14. jiml

    Amfleet Is purchased by Excursion Operator

    They're good enough for the freight railways to still be using them. Just saw the UP business train on a railcam a couple of days ago.
  15. jiml

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I am so glad someone finally posted this. It is a completely accurate description of how "a cloth or consumer grade mask" works, according to many experts including Canada's equivalent of the Surgeon General. My wife, who just retired from a 40 year career in nursing, has been trying to tell...
  16. jiml

    Bucket List trip May 2020: trains 421, 4 and 50

    This is an excellent observation. I've often thought it was the most overlooked and underrated train in the Amtrak system. Other than Silver services I've used it more than any other LD train. Being able to get to Chicago anytime with low frequent flier miles, the Eagle is the perfect complement...
  17. jiml

    Canadian and Ocean cancelled until Nov 1, 2020

    One columnist used the term "Canaries in the coal mine". If you're not familiar with that term, it's not a good thing.:(
  18. jiml

    Canadian and Ocean cancelled until Nov 1, 2020

    You are correct. Elementary schools in Quebec open today, except for Montreal. From Canadian Press this morning: "Quebec, which accounts for more than half of the country's novel coronavirus cases, is reopening elementary schools and daycares outside the Montreal area. Students will be subject...
  19. jiml

    Canadian and Ocean cancelled until Nov 1, 2020

    It's the same in both directions. Lots of Canadians with US vacation properties they're paying taxes or maintenance fees on, but can't visit. Friends of ours are concerned that they won't get back to Florida in time to prep their place for hurricane season.
  20. jiml

    April trip on The Canadian

    A couple of random thoughts regarding your Canadian hotels: There are a few Marriott options within a couple of blocks of Toronto Union Station, varying from high-end to Residence Inn. I personally like the Delta. It sort of depends on how long you're staying and your budget - whether points or...
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