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  1. Willbridge

    Fun with revenue optimization

    On Nov. 26th it looks as though customers are still looking for openings on Nov. 28th when someone cancels. And it appears that Flixbus drew additional customers, possibly those turned off by Greyhound and Amtrak. Changes as of 1730± on Friday: Amtrak: 0820 train opened up 2 Coach seats @...
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    The pre Euro Tunnel train to Paris...

    It mainly affected Germany due to the peculiar situation of Berlin. It also affected the volume of traffic across borders and kicked back into impacts on the respective DB and DR portions of the former German system. I interviewed a man who knew a lot about that: A Letter From Dr. Bauer –...
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    Berney Arms: Quietest rail stop sees eight-fold passenger rise

    And here I thought that Titfield Thunderbolt (1953) was an instructional video.
  4. Willbridge

    Fun with revenue optimization

    Changes as of 2130 on Thanksgiving Day: Amtrak: 0820 train opened up 1 BC seat @ $85 then Sold Out. 1925 train shows 2 seats left for Coach @ $65. Flixbus: 0800 bus shows 2 seats left for $40. 1300 bus Sold Out. Greyhound: 0950 bus up to $39. Ourbus: No change.
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    Kansas City Union Station

    In 1997 when I visited, the historic station building was being re-purposed. Trains were then in a small, modern station off to the side. It reminded me that when it was built, Kansas City was bigger than Denver. The two cities were then linked by trains of the CB&Q, Santa Fe, Union Pacific...
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    London Tilbury and Southend Railway

    Thanx for the background. I seem to recall that Fenchurch had the names of Continental destinations in its facade though the ferry service had long departed. On Page 118 of The Golden Age of the Railway Poster (J. T. Shackleton; 1976) there is a beautiful two-page spread from the LMS in the...
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    Berney Arms: Quietest rail stop sees eight-fold passenger rise

    In 1969 while I was in school at Fort Ord, California, I got the Saturday morning passenger count for the SP Del Monte at our flag stop up from 1 to a high of 10. This was done by distributing paper timetables, posting them on bulletin boards, and letting people know that there was a lounge car...
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    The Impact of Rising Gas Prices on AMTRAK Fares

    In working with transit marketing projects it usually came out that out-of-pocket costs (gas, minor maintenance, parking) are watched closely while depreciation and insurance and registration fees are rarely a factor. In 1982 during the start of the energy crash in Alberta we ran a really...
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    $66 billion for Amtrak

    That makes sense. In the1950's almost everyone was aware that they had just got through WWII and the Korean War with tremendous burdens on a network that took quite a beating.
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    Sunset Limited and Phoenix

    There wasn't really a new line. NM was going to purchase the existing line through Lamy and Raton. Amarillo is on the BNSF's preferred freight route. There's an article about it on Page One in the attached newsletter and a map showing both lines on Page Eight. With the map you can also see...
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    Fun with revenue optimization

    As of 1830± PT, here's the scorecard for Sunday the 28th: AMTRAK Coach / Business / Room 0820 = SO / $85 one left || as of 2000± $65 two left / $85 || train SO 1200 = $65 one left / SO || as of 2000± train SO || no change 1556 = SO / SO / $216 || as of 2000± no change || no change 1925 = $65...
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    Names of 1966-68 trains to Wyoming from Main Line?

    The City of Everywhere was memorable but actually was not in service very long. I believe it was launched on December 7, 1969 (an inauspicious date). The UP schedule that I referred to was in the January 1969 Official Guide, with an effective date of October 27, 1968. In that configuration...
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    Fun with revenue optimization

    As of 1030± Pacific Time on Tuesday none of the bus fares and availability had changed. Amtrak's 0820 departure now showed Sold Out. No change on the other three trains. As an aside, Greyhound fares from Eugene to Portland on the 28th are now higher than from Portland to Seattle. This is...
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    The Impact of Rising Gas Prices on AMTRAK Fares

    For some info on the seat supply / demand side, I started a thread: Fun with revenue optimization | Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum (amtraktrains.com) I was in the bus and tour businesses in the 1972-75 energy crisis and the only thing that affected regulated prices was not having any fuel...
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    US Class I's are at their Day of Reckoning

    What? Wall Street not happy? Each month when Railway Age reports rail employment figures the numbers overall tend to go down. That may satisfy Wall Street but I keep wondering how much it satisfies customers.
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    Names of 1966-68 trains to Wyoming from Main Line?

    Sometimes groups ended up on secondary trains for various reasons. However, effective 12 Nov 68 the best schedule was Train 55, the Pennsylvania Limited. It departed Paoli at 12:01 a.m. Do you recall what period of the day you began your trip? It was due into Chicago at 3:10 p.m., connecting...
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    $66 billion for Amtrak

    Actually, there was an era of the opposite for profitable companies that could reduce their tax burden by spending money on maintenance. Wall Street thought that was a waste of money and so the rules were changed to eliminate the incentive (I vaguely recall that it had to do with whether...
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    Fun with revenue optimization

    Having had some experience with fares for transit operations and tours over the years it's interesting to follow fares on Amtrak routes that I'm long familiar with. PDX<>SEA is no longer "$4.95 round-trip - less than a tank of gas!" as it was on Pool trains and Greyhound and Trailways when I...
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    Amazing how many rail professionals are on this forum

    There are various subcategories and as with 'foamer' one sort of needs the context to know whether it's a putdown or an affectionate bit of humor (or humour in Canada and the UK). My father was (and at 98 is) a juice fan. When his club was founded in the 1940's there were hundreds of miles of...
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    New Rehabilitated Superliners unveiled

    Regarding through east-west cars my father complained about all the streamlined cars in the country having traps to fool with (watch your fingers!) just in case they went into the Northeast. And my grandfathers' generation complained about having to replace all the wooden coaches just in case...
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