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    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    Here is a guarantee item that will not happen. Amtrak announces once a week round trip PHL <> NYP on the new Acela-2. Non stop 59 minutes each way
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    Midwest Rail Plan final Report

    There may be incorrect assumptions made about how fast projects can be started. Is there an assumption that there is immediate availability of track and signal material. Ties probably will not be a limitation. But what about rail? Orders for rail may have been made for the next 2 - 3 years...
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    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    Management shake up ???? Remember news that makes management look really bad comes on weekends. Usually after evening news on Saturday. The Olympic bombing suspect retraction a good example.
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    DC Metro Suspends 7000-Series Kawasaki Cars

    This wheel problem seems to have some undisclosed problem. This poster wonders if it is something to do with aluminum. When AL heats up it has some fluid flow of what is a solid. If the wheels or Axels have AL components that may be why the agency cannot give an in service time before January...
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    US Class I's are at their Day of Reckoning

    The RRs are definitely not serving their customers. Be that Amtrak or the freight customers. The RRs are not taking effort to take care of impediments to gain fluidity. Under powered trains, lack of long enough sidings, dispatching errors, broken apart trains, etc. All the Freight RRs have...
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    Special announcement from Amtrak this weekend?

    A real WAG how about some Siemens cars are going into service for CHI regionals. As well one or two Superliner routes will go back to single level so more SL cars for western trains.
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    Sunset Limited and Phoenix

    Of course the long range answer is if there is ever another train on the SW Chief route for this section just run it thru Amarillo; Amtrak might have another end points for another train ?.
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    A Millenial's List of Improvements/Ideas

    Correct was a MD DC-10. AA changed a wing engine. MD had procedure that change had to use specialized engine lift. Lift not available. Maintenance director ordered maintenance to use fork lift . Fork lift not steady enough shaking mounting replacement engine partially broke mounting...
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    Sunset Limited and Phoenix

    The reason IMO that it will take las thru that area. I believe that the bridge that burned there was quoted as a 30 MPH. Longer than your time is the time Arlington - the east side of Mesa. It is going to be much slower than 79.
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    Restart of cross-border services delayed

    Right now the flooding condition around Vancouver, BC is causing complete isolation for the residents. No rail, road, or water access as of now. Winter may be very bad for many residents of southern BC ? Once rail service is restored from Vancouver - Everett freight trains may overwhelm that...
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    The North South Connect

    Since the NS line at SS would e lower than present tracks maybe that platform can be made for longer trains ?
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    The North South Connect

    Usually electrification can mean fewer train sets needed for same number of passengers. That can mean longer trains for equipment spread to operating trains.
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    Amtrak overcoming the Pandemic; back to tri-weekly service?

    I like the Delta air way. Charge them extra medical insurance and require tests that employees have to pay for as well. They are higher risk just like over weight and smokers. As for bus drivers . Our school systems around here are very short bus drivers and are having to change hours for...
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    Sunset Limited and Phoenix

    So that makes running thru PHX 1 - -1/2 hours longer depending on MAX speeds. Since line west of PHX mainly in boonies maybe 90 - 100 MAS 90 miles from Wellton - Arlington in an hour. 120 miles from Arlington - Picacho 40 mph + 10 minute station top 3:10 ! That does compare somewhat slower...
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    $66 billion for Amtrak

    No train longer than each sidings every 20 minutes of travel time on any tack section..
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    Amtrak overcoming the Pandemic; back to tri-weekly service?

    It only takes one T&E district with no other to cover the route to gum up the works. As far as OBS would take quite a few assigned there to cause a 3 day a week service. Some locations would be MIA, NOL, Maybe SEA.
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    Sunset Limited and Phoenix

    Let whom ever update the line west of Phoenix. Then if UP uses it for any reason UP will have to pay a mileage and tonnage charge for each car and loco.
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    Empire Builder #8 struck vehicle 11/10/21

    Is there any state that does not have the rule leaving a private drive onto public road means an automatic stop ?
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    #91 Silver Star Schedule Change in Florida 11/15-12/2/21

    Any evidence of new rail , large amounts of cross ties, grading beside track ? If all three maybe DT otherwise no.
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    $66 billion for Amtrak

    Tucson - PHX - LAX is prime potential of not just a daily Sunset but probably 2 maybe 3 Round trips. Not only a stop in PHX at the station but also maybe Tempe or Mesa near ASU. Other than needed service several directions in and out of ATL cannot see a location that needs the service more.
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