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    Seattle King Street Station question

    I did this a couple years ago (eek, it's been that long?) and I asked someone how I would get to the light rail, and they were quite helpful. Didn't expect to come up the stairs to see what was then CenturyLink Field RIGHT THERE in front of me.
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    Amtrak Tracker issues

    I hadn't looked at the ASM tracker in a while and I was shocked to see the website update! My only feedback is that it doesn't open specific trains in new tabs anymore, but that's minor. Otherwise, it's awesome!
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    Amtrak Siemens Charger locomotive (SC44, ALC42, ALC42E)

    I'll have to go down and see it once it gets further west!
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    Former Amtrak Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft of 114 Chainsaws

    Of all the things to steal, chainsaws?
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    Midwest Rail Plan final Report

    I'm not sure why they are pushing for a Dubuque connection when Chicago to Iowa City would be a home many students at the U of I are from Chicago.
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    I see the first lawsuit has been filed. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't you sort of turn over some rights to the travel vessel (train, plane, auto) when you buy a ticket? Sounds like a pretty terrible situation to go through though...
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    So how does that 11 hr 58 minute layover in NOLA work?

    I'll put in a word for hostels. I stayed at one in Chicago when the EB got there in the afternoon and then I was getting on the LS the next morning. I knew I wasn't going to explore much of Chicago (I had plans in KC and Santa Fe) so I got a cute hostel four blocks away for about $30. It was...
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    Am I the only person who likes to travel long distances in coach?

    I'm so happy to hear it! Have a great time. ☺️
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    Oh, wow. I feel a little weird thinking about this because if I was on this train, I'd have been in the cars that were still upright. (I'm along the Seattle route.) Yikes.
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    Ohhhhh, so one coach and one sleeper? I've only ridden that specific route once - I take it the lineup is atypical from the east bound train?
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    I should say, the coaches are a ways back from the rest of the train, not the SSL.
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    Empire Builder accident (9/25/21)

    So it look like the SSL and the two coach cars are on their sides and quite a ways back from the rest of the train and sleeper/dining cars stayed upright? Yikes.
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    Am I the only person who likes to travel long distances in coach?

    I did the $299 Rail Pass this summer and will be doing the Rail Pass again next summer (I'm going to make the time off work one way or another; I wasn't working this summer). I stayed with some friends along the route and hostels the rest of the time, but sleeping on the train wasn't too bad and...
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    What type of member are you?

    I'm really only in it for passenger rail. I don't see the appeal of freight trains - they all look the same and just block Amtrak when I'm trying to get somewhere. ;-)
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    Entertainment on the train

    I took a notebook on the last long trip. I wrote, or doodled (and I'm no artist) throughout the trip and it was pretty cool to look back and see what I'd written. Then I came home and accidentally set a wet glass on it, so it's funny that it was fine on the trip, but wet after I got home. Sure...
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    How well does a pocket radio work in the sleepers?

    My husband, who is quite the radio expert, says that it sounds like a good choice. Here is a video review; the guy who has this YouTube channel is very responsive to questions (again, says the husband):
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    How cold does it get on Amtrak Trains

    Regardless of time of year, layers are always a good idea!
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    Western US Auto Train idea

    Washington has such varied weather and climate. I love it.
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    What is your favorite station?

    Well, I'm still new enough that mine doesn't...for now... I was correct - they were on that computer. I saved it to a flash drive and left that at work too. 😆