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  1. PerRock

    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    All coach and business class seats on long distance trains can be rotated around to face forward. However a lot of times the yard crews turning the trains don't flip the seats, and most on board crews don't want you doing it yourself. (It's the little silver foot pedal on the aisle end of your...
  2. PerRock

    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    When I took the wolverine on Thursday, the train didn't appear and different than pre-pandemic average... Although I didn't count the cars.
  3. PerRock

    Highest possible speed for California/Surfliner cars?

    Per the 2012 Amtrak Fleet Strategy document, the Surfliner & Cali cars are able to reach 125mph; the California refurbished Superliners can only do 100mph. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwoszLS0nWxPdFM3ZW04Wm9Na1E/view?usp=sharing&resourcekey=0-4zIHceN7gS7GFOorNhDAOA peter
  4. PerRock

    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    I think Brightline wasn't tied to Buy America, so they could source parts from their suppliers they use in Germany; whereas the Midwest & Cali sets are Buy America tied, so have to use US suppliers. peter
  5. PerRock

    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Brightline has the same cars, and I've not heard any reports of the ceiling panels falling. peter
  6. PerRock

    UK's Boris Johnson takes Amtrak to Meet President at White House

    There was a picture posted by the PM's staff of him walking down a platform next to an Acela, so I would presume the same. As for secutiry, the PM doesn't have/get anywhere close to as much theater as POTUS. I wouldn't be surprised, if they just had a car, or even a partial car set aside for him.
  7. PerRock

    Mask Mandate for Transportation Extended

    My workplace has been doing the same thing all covid... however forgot to tell us working for home. I got in trouble for showing up to get some paperwork I needed from my desk while wearing a cloth mask. peter
  8. PerRock

    Mask Mandate for Transportation Extended

    Officially, no masks need to be worn at all times. However I wouldn't be surprised if they let you take them off in your room; you can have them ask their car attendant. https://www.amtrak.com/coronavirus As for the locomotive, Superliner cars are bigger & heavier than the cars on the Silvers...
  9. PerRock

    Chicago to Toronto via Detroit and Windsor

    With the QLine it's not actually that bad. Jump on the tram at the station & ride it to the Downtown end. It's then just 2-3 blocks to the Tunnel Bus (depending on what stop you want to grab). Also the LCA stop, is only for events; so not that helpful if you're looking for a direct connection.
  10. PerRock

    Need help with Google Maps

    You can create maps on your PC then share them around. It looks like that map was made by someone associated with magazine.jp and you added it to your own map "collection". I'm on an Android, so it might be a little different. But when I have a loaded map turned on, there is a link to "View...
  11. PerRock

    Hypothetical High Platform Superliner Replacements

    Here is OBB's new sleeping cars made by Siemens. Based off the same basic platform as the new US Venture cars: OBB's wesbite with renders/mockup images: Nightjet of the future
  12. PerRock

    Chicago to Toronto via Detroit and Windsor

    Currently there are no passenger trains crossing the border.
  13. PerRock

    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    I thought that was part of the VL2 plan? The company making the interior compartments was going to make enough to convert the VL1 fleet as well. peter
  14. PerRock

    Chicago to Toronto via Detroit and Windsor

    The Windsor city bus service operates a tunnel bus that runs between a number of locations in Detroit & then crosses to locations in Windsor. It is currently not operating due to Covid, but should be operating again once the border is fully open.
  15. PerRock

    How's the Chicago-Pontiac Wolverine route doing with track upgrades to 110 mph?

    I know in Ann Arbor, they frequently only open one pair of doors on the raised platform. When I last took the Wolverine out of there during the pandemic in April, the station staff demanded we all crowd up onto the small raised platform to board; which made no sense at all because there then...
  16. PerRock

    How's the Chicago-Pontiac Wolverine route doing with track upgrades to 110 mph?

    Slow & steady... last update I heard on Tuesday is that they were/are replacing track in Michigan City. For the most part once you get onto the Amtrak/MDOT track the line is as fast as it's going to get. The big slowdown is getting thru the bottleneck that is Indiana. It's was never going to be...
  17. PerRock

    Los Angeles COVID Form and Complimentary Drinks?

    Well LaCroix is owned by National Beverage (Faygo), and AHA is owned by Coke, so the switch is not really that odd. The halfway point of Bubly is more odd, as it's owned by Pepsi.
  18. PerRock

    Los Angeles COVID Form and Complimentary Drinks?

    I believe you need to fill out this Pre-Trip Covid-19. You'll probably be sent the link close 24hrs in advance. Pre-Trip COVID-19 Check | Amtrak National Cafe Menu: https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/projects/dotcom/english/public/documents/menus/national/National-Cafe-Menu-1020.pdf Dining Car...
  19. PerRock

    New Rehabilitated Superliners unveiled

    So Amtrak has announced (a while back) that Siemens is their preferred bidder. The current new cars are from Siemens's Venture line, which in it's self is based off their Viaggio cars, and they do make a Viaggio Twin (similar to the middle picture above). With that in mind, I could see Siemens...
  20. PerRock

    Is there an alternative phone number for Amtrak?

    Ranked-up AGR members have a different number, but other than that I only know of USA-RAIL... Some stations have their own numbers that have been leaked online, but that's not going to help you get to CR.
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