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  1. Trogdor

    Large plane discussion

    I think everything designed after the mid 80s uses a vacuum system nowadays, which on “large” planes would be A320s, 737NG/MAX, and all currently in-production widebodies. I don’t fly 767s enough to know what they use (first designed concurrently with the 757, but stayed in production a few...
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    Short staffing leading to cuts? (RPA Article)

    Exactly. If you want to lose even more employees, all you have to do is take a bunch from Washington or New York and tell them they have to move to Minot, ND, next week. There’s a federal mandate that will require transportation workers to be vaccinated. This is going to hit all forms of...
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    Good news for Amtrak LD trains?

    Possible, but that wouldn’t be relevant to revenue, which is only the money taken in from sales to customers.
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    Amtrak Employees and RPA

    But employment with a specific company is not.
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    Getting from Seattle to Vancouver

    The best way will be whatever happens to be running when your trip occurs. There’s a decent-ish chance Amtrak will be running by next summer (assuming your cruise is in the summer). A ferry, if it is running (I think the Clipper resumed recently) would take you to Victoria, and then you’d have...
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    How did they move the exit slide out of the way and fold the swing open door down? Everything I've read says the 747 is not certified for top-level boarding.
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    Safety records of today’s planes (MAX notwithstanding) vs. the DC9 and 727 would say otherwise. That is not at all true. “We also pushed the aircraft to its limits during flight tests, assessed the behaviour of the aircraft in failure scenarios, and could confirm that the aircraft is stable...
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    The upper deck door of a 747 has a giant exit slide in the way, and also pops open vertically:
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    Off topic, but you cannot board a 747 from the upper deck. The upper deck door is an emergency exit only.
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    They do not. ADA does not apply to airlines. The ACAA (Air Carrier Access Act) is what applies to airlines, and has different sets of rules depending on number of seats and number of aisles on the plane. Whether or not the 747 or A380 complies with ACAA is irrelevant with respect to whether a...
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    Your understanding of transportation and urban planning should also leave the 1900s. City centers are actually getting stronger, after a period of decline in the second half of the 20th century. Bringing people into the center of town vs. dumping them at the outskirts is one of the key...
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    Possible to get separate tickets connected for California Zephyr

    There's no "connecting" separate reservations in any sense that an automated system will recognize. The best that can be done is for an agent to add a text comment to each reservation, but that will only mean something if someone happens to look them up. Rarely would anyone at Amtrak have a...
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    UK's Boris Johnson takes Amtrak to Meet President at White House

    You consider that a ridiculous excuse?
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    I don’t see how you could read that from my statement in response to the message I quoted, but…whatever. I mean, obviously freights are already running plenty of taller equipment throughout the country, so “every single street and building” couldn’t reasonably apply to the entire country.
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    Need Amtrak trip and route planning help. Who should I contact?

    While Amtrak calls the department Customer Relations, I have yet to see any concrete evidence that asking for “Customer Service” gets the call routed differently. It’s been a mantra on here, but there have been lots of urban legends passed around as fact before.
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    Asked a friend of mine who works in Metra ops. He said the clearance is plate M, which is basically Superliner height.
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    The comment I was responding to was specifically about Chicago Union Station, which is definitely a passenger-only station area. None of which operate through Chicago Union Station, so completely irrelevant.
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    Need Amtrak trip and route planning help. Who should I contact?

    If I may offer a suggestion, posting this chart for an Amtrak newbie is more trouble than helpful. It’s more like “expert mode” for someone who really cares about arcane details rather than the simple mode of just looking up the fare for the trip they want to take. Especially since fares can...
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    Sure. All you have to do is rebuild every single street and building that was built over the tracks over the last century or so. And for what purpose? So a handful of long-distance trains can have a taller sleeping car or lounge car?
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    Newark Penn or EWR for Cape Liberty Cruise Terminal

    You shouldn’t have to pay a fare for the airtrain if your ticket is actually to/from EWR and not NWK. You can scan your Amtrak eticket at the Airtrain fare gates. That said, it still seems like you’d be better off at Newark Penn, if for no reason than on your return, you’ll have a lot more...