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    Attack on SEPTA train

    Way back in 1964, Kitty Genovese was attacked and murdered in NY. 30'some people nearby did nothing. Sad to see that the SEPTA passengers did not do better in this case. At least this woman survived.
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    Montana southern tier service?

    I hadn't heard about returning service to Yakima until recently. That would make the restoration more difficult but also more useful. Interesting. My thoughts on restoring the North Coast Hiawatha were to complement the Builder by having the Hiawatha leave Chicago and Seattle at least 5 hours...
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    Short staffing leading to cuts? (RPA Article)

    Many jobs don't require you to take the vaccine. There is a labor shortage because people are refusing/can not go back to work. If you quit Amtrak because you don't want to get the jab, you may not get the same job, but you can find a good paying job fairly quickly. The vaccine mandate is going...
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    Large plane discussion

    I love looking out the window as the aircraft is flying over land. Over the ocean? Not so much. I flew over what looked like a near perfect asteroid crater in North Central Montana and have spent hours trying to figure out where the crater is so I could see it from the ground. It is up near...
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    Africa's first high speed train : The Al-Boraq across Morocco at 320 km/h

    To take the thread jack one bit further off topic, I haven't seen any discussion about how the US stole... Err... Recruited some of the top Canadian aerospace engineers when the Avro Arrow was cancelled in 1959. Sometimes it seemed like the Apollo program was a who's who of Canada's top...
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    Midwest Rail Plan final Report

    I have wondered whether a train that covered the tracks between Denver CO, Kansas City MO, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Charleston WV, Culpepper VA to DC Union Station would work in a more train friendly future. It seems that, as danasgoodstuff points out, having all the EW trains route through...
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    Eurostar passenger booted for wearing wrong mask

    Caravanman, I apologize for the irritation I have caused. I did use a rather broad brush, and that was not appropriate. It won't make much of a difference, but all 4 of my Grandparents' families were of British heritage, three from England and one from Wales. So if I was casting uncalled for...
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    Eurostar passenger booted for wearing wrong mask

    I wondered about that myself. I think the Yankees hat was desirable for the front desk clerk for its cachet. Orioles hat? Given their record of late, your results may differ. LOL! I don't think Estonians give a flip about baseball, they are more into soccer, hockey, judo and basketball (now)...
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    Mask Mandate for Transportation Extended

    The new case numbers in the US have finally started going down but they have a long way to go. Worldometers numbers the 7 day rolling average of new cases peaked for the third or fourth time (depending on how you count peaks) on 9/14 at 182,044. We have been steadily, slowly, dropping since then...
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    Eurostar passenger booted for wearing wrong mask

    Maybe so, caravan man, but deep down, I really am a Yank. But who knows, perhaps a New York Yankees hat may be effective enough to magically transform any truly British person into a "Well Traveled American", but I am not sure that there are many British citizens that would wish to be "honored"...
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    Eurostar passenger booted for wearing wrong mask

    The British guy may have had two strikes against him before he even boarded the train. British young men are viewed as being possible problems by just about everyone who is working with the public in Europe. It may not sound fair, but it is what it is. I was in Estonia several years ago and...
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    New flex meal menu (10/06/21)

    There is a place called the Italian Store near me that is so popular they pre-make dozens and dozens of Italian Cold Cut sandwiches between 11 am and noon so that if you choose to you can grab a pre-made sandwich without waiting. ( I know this practice is pretty widespread but the Italian Store...
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    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    I have to admit that one of the things I like best about the SL'ers are the views from up top. An additional 8'ish feet of elevation makes the view just a bit more impressive. There are quite a few other, more important, factors that will go into choosing the eventual replacement for the...
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    Amtrak switching from Dunkin' to Starbucks?

    When I lived in Miami four Latino colleagues convinced me I needed to try Cafe Cubano. They taught me the phrase “Deme un taso de Cafe Cubano, por favor.” So I walked down to the corner, parroted the phrase and vendor gave me a 12 ounce cup nearly full of chocolaty brown/black coffee. He also...
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    Amtrak switching from Dunkin' to Starbucks?

    Maybe Starbucks can’t do anything right? LOL! But I would imagine SB’s want it both ways. They want their beans and grinds to remain stable as long as possible AND they want you to throw out any beans that are past their “use by” date and buy more SB’s. There is a reason SB ‘s is more famous for...
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    Amtrak switching from Dunkin' to Starbucks?

    Well, neither have particularly good coffee, but if I had my druthers I would choose the mediocrity of Dunkin' over the over-French Roasted bitterness of most of Starbucks roasts. SB Blondes are less bitter but still not all that good. Over-roasting prolongs shelf life but condemns you to a...
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    Train speed weirdness

    MARC, I don't know nearly enough about this stuff, but it was the background for a lot of my family history. My Grandfather homesteaded a piece of land in the northern part of Montana using a system originating in the Land Ordinance of 1785 in which all of the land west of Appalachians and east...
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    I used to think I would never be sea sick, I have been on Lomprayah ferries to Ko Tao and Ko Phangan in pretty rough seas and was ok, sailed on a tall ship (the Golden Hinde) in fairly rough weather and went deep sea fishing a time or two. Then I saw a Greek Blue Star ferry trying to arrive in...
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    I hear you, Sporter. Everyone has a different threshold for tolerating risk of late. Pre-existing health issues, older family members, you name it, we all have to balance the moderately greater inherent risks of travel of late and our desire to get out there and travel. But it sounds like...
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    If you have to be stuck somewhere, Shelby is a pleasant little city. In any season other than November through April! ;-) Seriously, though, Shelby is nice. It is no Whitefish with a larger assortment of cafes, brewpubs and shops, but it is a nice place for a 1 or 2 day layover. A longer stay...
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