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    Gas prices where you are located?

    Well, in government contracting world, they actually had a method for calculating allowable profits. I had to study it, even though I wasn't involved in such calculations (I was what was known as a "contracting officer's representative," at a contracting officer, which is the technical manager...
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    Gas prices where you are located?

    In the transportation sector, petroleum replacement is a long-term project. Not only do battery electric cars need to come down in price to be affordable to the masses, but charging infrastructure needs to be built out, too. This is all happening, but it's not there yet. I'm also not sure...
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    Rude Amtrak employees

    I once had a conductor who kicked me off a Northeast Regional because I had an unreserved ticket and it was during the period when they were switching over from unreserved to all-reserved. I thought he was pretty nasty in the way he did it, plus it was sort of ridiculous, because the unreserved...
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    Niece will start rail commuting, need gift ideas for her

    A sleep mask is always nice, especially if she's taking an early train in the morning.
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    Overnight on the Chicago El

    Last time I used Clinton, there was no elevator/escalator from the mezzanine to the street. And the escalator from the platform to the mezzanine wasn't working. (Shades of the Washington Metro!) This is really a pain if you're hauling luggage. Another thing one can do is walk up Jackson to...
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    Shocking state of Edmonton (Canada) LRT system

    And even back then, I rode the subway a good deal and had no problems. Of course, the grafitti-covered cars were a real downer. Curious how people obsess about these incidents on transit and say nothing about the numerous car crashes that happen at the same time.
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    Amtrak dining

    Amtrak has toasters in the Amfleet 1 cafe cars. It just depends whether the attendant is able to take the time to use it. Back before Covid, when they had bagels in the cafe cars, I regularly got them toasted if the cafe car wasn't too busy. Same with the hot dogs and burgers. They'd take...
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    Overnight on the Chicago El

    You probably have a greater chance of being killed if you take a taxi from O'Hare to Union Station. I would think you have more of chance of getting killed on the L by accidentally falling off the platform and hitting the third rail. As for assault of robbery, the chance might be marginally...
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    Amtrak dining

    Even if you don't want to eat healthier, frozen french fries have been around since the 1940s, and can be prepared very easily in an oven.
  10. M

    Cost allocation

    You just looked one quarter in 2021 when business has been messed up pretty badly, especially with regards to the long-distance trains, which are running well below normal passenger loads because of equipment shortages.
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    The planned trans-Himalayan Manali - Leh rail link in India

    15,000 feet, eh? Are the cabins in the railcars pressurized? Heck, is the driver's compartment in the locomotive pressurized? If I ride that line, I'll make sure to bring an oxygen concentrator with me. Plus some mate de coca.
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    Memphis, TN

    A 5 or 6 mph current in a river is incredibly fast. Heck, even a 3 mph current is pretty fast. When I did streamflow measurements (which admittedly wasn't that often, as my specialty was in ground water), I don't think I ever measured current going 3 mph. Also, the current velocity varies...
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    Gas prices where you are located?

    It's about $4.60 here in the Baltimore area. Fortunately, we have a hybrid, and I rarely buy more than 10 gallons for a fill-up. I'm sure glad I bought that hybrid back in 2017. On my trip to South Carolina the week of April 17, the cost of gas on April 21 when I filled up the rental car prior...
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    New transportation authority created for Philadelphia suburbs

    If Amtrak runs the service, I wonder if they'll be able to run it through into Philadelphia through the Center City Tunnel to 30th St., and then have the same consist continue out to Harrisburg as a Keystone service train. It would be the first time an Amtrak train has used Suburban Sation...
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    Privately-operated Slumbercoaches?

    I rode a slumbercoach once, on the Crescent in 1990. The seat in daytime mode was fairly comfortable as I recall, but in night-time mode the mattress was a bit thin. I think there was also an issue with getting access to the toilet in sleep mode. The other thing was that the rooms were really...
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    Privately-operated Slumbercoaches?

    Why should a private operator be able to do things more cheaply and efficiently than Amtrak? They would have to buy expensive sleeping cars, staff them, come to an agreement with Amtrak about hauling them on the train, pay taxes, insurance, etc., etc., I can't see how their costs would be any...
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    Memphis, TN

    I don't know the details of the Memphis station, but in general at Amtrak stations, baggage storage is not free. The last time I used it (in New York), it was $20 a day, or $10 a day if you had a ticket for a train within 24 hours. (I was able to store the bag for $10 on the basis of a ticket...
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    Amtrak dining

    My only dining car experience in the 1960s was on a NEC train (yes, they used to have dining cars). I was riding coach, and you didn't need reservations. This was also true in the 1970s when I rode the Broadway Limited, and also the Merchants Limited. No dinner reservations needed because the...
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    Fantasy piece on revival of train travel

    Most of the plans I've seen for reducing greenhouse gases don't expect that all cars or airplane use will be abolished, it's just that it will need to be reduced substantially. For example, a typical American who drives 15,000 miles per year could reduce a lot of GHG by driving 10,000 or even...
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    Amtrak dining

    Amen.
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