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    Southwest Chief derailment

    As many others have also, I saw the video by the concerned 'local man' in the Mendon, MO area that showed the grade crossing (a gravel road) climbing up & over the tracks (because the rail line IS high up. I'm thinking why not then build a tunnel UNDER the tracks for the trucks and farm...
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    Where to send complaints?

    This is all good information for the train traveler; hopefully, someone who needs it will have read it before embarking on a a rail journey. In this regard, trains and sizes, etc. I wrote AMTRAK an nice letter some time ago to the address I got from Google but, a few weeks later it was returned...
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    Another try with sleeper buses

    The "grueling ordeal" was on the driver making the whole trip by himself, unless the task was accomplished by two drivers at a stop (driver change) along the way.?
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    Another try with sleeper buses

    Then we were on an 'earlier model' because it had the rear "observation Lounge" with the lav and galley in front of it. I went back there for a short time, the upper 'pull open' windows were open as some people smoked. (Remember this was in 1962).
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    Washington DC Union Station redevelpment plans

    I recall arriving into the D.C. Station a couple of decades ago and I was told by friends that it had just undergone a renovation that kept its historical status. The ceiling was beautiful as I recall. So, now the yahoos of industry are out there doing their best to 'upgrade' everything they...
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    Empire Builder schedule changed effective Monday, July 11th

    If the changes DO "eliminate any connections from an early-running Empire Builder" ....... who's in charge of scheduling? Where does AMTRAK get the idiots who screw up everything? And why?
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    Another try with sleeper buses

    My dad & I rode the Golden Eagle from L.A. to Seattle to go to the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. Lunch & 'dinner' were served onboard by an attendant. NO sleeper, just recliners. I went with my dad when he stopped at Union Station, Greyhound and Trailways looking for any 'specials' going to the...
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    Amtrak 50% Off Deal: Does it apply to Keystones?

    Ha, ha ~~ That's only $2.00 more; go on now, out the door. {:= )
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    I have to say you make some good points here knocking my wide gauge train idea. Maybe it should have been thought of in the 1940's (after WWII) for a 1950's intro when the railroads were independent, not gov't controlled.
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    North East Corridor (NEC) night train and sleeper journey

    Isn't there a way to turn down or 'off' the sound system from inside 'your private' cabin? (I guess not?)
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    Seaboard92 Is Taking Off

    Oh "Seaboard92" good for you! You're moving up in the world of travel in more ways than one. American Airlines is a good company to work for (I know some people who worked for them). I wish you luck in your new adventure! But, I think they'll soon discover you'll be an asset to them. Best...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    Thank you "Seaboard92" for your thoughtful remarks. However, where you said, "Now you couldn't get a 20' cabin" what did you mean exactly? In my 'story' I said "In the Sleeper Cars, remarkable deluxe 'suites' on both sides of a wider center aisle in these Pullman cars." As I think about those...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    I like your thinking but, I may have confused some with my comments that the 'wide train' would also be 'high speed.' Not at all. If such a plan came to be, the big train would/should have its own right of way with tunnels, etc to accommodate it. The speed I'd care to see would be around 140 mph...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    Thanks "Ehbowen" for your thoughtful words. When I was growing up, steam trains were still in operation. The Super Chief was an icon. When the El Capitan was introduced and put on public display not too far from our home, my mother took me to see it. We were seated on the upper deck when a train...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    Hi "WWW" ~ I see you're an attendant (on the train?) If so, then you know how much walking you do during a typical days work. With a 20' wide 'cabin' Amtrak might need to hire 2 attendants per car to attend to all the passengers. I don't think using scraped airplane fuselages for a train body is...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    Hey "Railiner" Thanks for bringing up "SuperTrain" which I watched when it was on TV. I recall Steve Lawrence talking about the show (he was a guest performer in one of the segments) and saying, "If there was a train like that running in America, people WOULD ride it!! I remember the rear open...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    Hi 'Mailliw' ~ I'm not sure what a "Snowpiercer without the new ice age" is but, I appreciate your thoughts anyway? As you must know, I'm new on here and I'm glad I was able to finally express my thoughts on possible newer rail equipment that has been on my mind for several years; and finally...
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    Should America pursuit extra-wide trains (wider than 10 ft 6 inches)

    For years now I've had the idea of extra-wide passenger train cars. Starting at the 'base' with double the track width from the current 58.5 inches to 113 inches. At first application, the left or right wheels could use the existing rail while the other wheels would run on the newly laid track...
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