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  1. IndyLions

    Rude Employees

    The laziest OBS employee I’ve ever seen in my life works the Cardinal - which is my home train. He’s probably worked at least half of a dozen of my trips over the years, and I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen him standing. There are some really good conductors / assistant conductors - but...
  2. IndyLions

    Crawfordsville Station

    Works for me. I’ll take a new, well designed canopy over an old rusted Amshack any day - even in winter.
  3. IndyLions

    Crawfordsville Station

    I wish I knew. That structure is pretty much rusted out. When I was there a month or so ago, it also seemed to be at the wrong elevation as well (way lower than the new platform). You can see that in your 3rd photo.
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    Amtrak Dining

    We often compare Amtrak Dining with First Class Air, and in my opinion it is a worthy point of comparison - although they are vastly different products. On my recent Delta flight LAX-MSP last Saturday (11:45am departure) - they served a tasty but unremarkable cold sandwich with a bag of chips...
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    Midwest Rail Plan final Report

    It is completely feasible that the state of Michigan could acquire trackage to Toledo. They own the tracks from Kalamazoo to Dearborn, with Amtrak owning Kalamazoo to Porter, IN. And because there are so many active lines Detroit-Toledo and even Ann Arbor-Toledo, it seems there should be a...
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    Amtrak goes straight to STB to restore Gulf Coast service.

    While I see New Orleans to Mobile happening relatively soon, I don’t see the Sunset Limited (ever) extending east of New Orleans. I think Amtrak will be focusing their energies on the routes included in their ConnectUs plan. In the next 5 years, the only LD expansion I envision is a daily...
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    Amtrak overcoming the Pandemic; back to tri-weekly service?

    I think you both make some good points. There’s no question that the pandemic has been a watershed moment in business as it relates to commercial office space as well as business travel. I can absolutely see companies shrinking their commercial office space and going to a hybrid environment...
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    $66 billion for Amtrak

    Yes - finally. It is put up or shut up time for Amtrak. I for one, am rooting for them to have their act together. And on this forum – I hope we all remember that despite the fact that the majority of the funds are geared for Corridor type routes – that can do nothing but help long-distance.
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    Checking up on Amtrak's (lack of) ADA compliance

    I was in Martinez Wednesday. Didn’t see any obvious evidence this project has started yet. But the worst part of this otherwise nice, utilitarian station was the rest rooms. Reading that an upgrade is imminent makes a lot of sense.
  10. IndyLions

    Amtrak Dining

    Was on the Starlight Martinez - Los Angeles on Wednesday. Not my first trip - but the views are so good - every time is the first time. There are very, very few restaurants with views that approach this train. The food is pretty good - but the views are spectacular.
  11. IndyLions

    Amtrak teases upgraded bedding/amenities for sleeping cars

    Agreed. Had them on the Zephyr. Big time upgrade. Probably had them on the Starlight as well, but MTZ-LAX is Daylight service - so got pillows but no blankets…
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    Should Amtrak implement Starlink on long distance trains?

    They run fiber optic lines along rail lines all the time - you could run a transmission line for cellular service along the right of way. Then trees/tunnels/etc. have no impact on the availability of signal. Of course, as long as private companies own the rail infrastructure (not to mention...
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    Priorities for expanding the national network

    I think the only chance of expanded long distance service is through expanded corridor services, which could ultimately lead to some expanded frequencies (i.e. Cardinal & LSL) and potential new connections (i.e. Chicago to Atlanta via Louisville/Nashville & Denver to Albuquerque). Step 1 to...
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    Amtrak Dining

    Over the last week - I’ve been on the Zephyr with two different dining crews. The first (CHI-DEN) was dynamic and energetic and very attentive. Also happened to be very young. The food was presented very close to what you see in the publicity photos. It was still Amtrak with some warts, but...
  15. IndyLions

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

    It would also be nice if the towel rack were used as say… a towel rack. Instead, its current function seems to be that of a micro dust collector.
  16. IndyLions

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

    It’s not a comparere’s my complete review of the shower with a bunch of pictures: …and here’s a sketch of the inside of the shower with dimensions.
  17. IndyLions

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

    Now that you mention it, there were at least 4 coach plus the BC car.
  18. IndyLions

    Checking up on Amtrak's (lack of) ADA compliance

    Crawfordsville IN (Cardinal flag stop) is getting a new platform - it is well under construction. Have no idea what features it will have. I have to believe it will be ADA compliant. I will be curious as to what small shelter they end up with. The current shelter is a thoroughly rusted-out...
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    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Doh! Homer Simpson moment on my part 😁
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Three (3) Coach plus the Business/Cafe. It was the Wolverine that arrives in CHI around 2pm.