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  1. Night Ranger

    Southwest Chief derailment

    Per CNN, the 2 troops were from Appleton, Wisconsin with 8 adult leaders. They were on their way back home for the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. None of them were hurt (thank goodness) and they assisted other passengers who needed help. National headquarters is trying to arrange...
  2. Night Ranger

    Lesser known Railroad Museums in small towns

    Sadly, here's a story about a lesser known railroad museum that did not survive the pandemic. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/railroad-museum-still-shuttered-future-undecided/ar-AAXlelH?ocid=mailsignout&li=BBnb7Kz
  3. Night Ranger

    Room number on app?

    Same for me. I booked our April trip on the Crescent from Birmingham to New Orleans and back last November. Both car and room number were on the app but I entered the information on a note in my phone as a back up. All was for naught as life got in the way and we had to cancel the trip. 😞
  4. Night Ranger

    Transporting unloaded guns by Amtrak

    IMHO, they earned the title "The Greatest Generation." Every male that age in my family, every one of my male teachers that age, every one of my church leaders , when I was growing up were WWII vets. They were all heroes to me and still are.
  5. Night Ranger

    Los Angeles Union Station car rental experience

    That happened once to me at the Motel 6 in Clarksville, TN. My prepaid reservation was given to someone else so the semi-habitable Motel 6 paid for my one night stay in a much nicer Holiday Inn which was the only facility that had rooms. I was shocked to say the least. Turned out there was some...
  6. Night Ranger

    Improving Amtrak Reservation system

    No, the glitch IS the website.
  7. Night Ranger

    Another Quick Chicago TR (March 2022)

    I love the cartoonist Bob Thaves comment about Astaire and Rogers. "Sure he was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards… and in high heels."
  8. Night Ranger

    Do you prefer the upper or lower bed in a Viewliner sleeper?

    Has to be lower for me as I have "aged out" of climbing into the upper. "Ageing out" is still better than the alternative. 😀
  9. Night Ranger

    Amtrak dining

    To paraphrase Forrest Gump, "Riding Amtrak is like a box of cocolates. You never know what you are going to get." And that's all I'll say about that. 🙂
  10. Night Ranger

    Amazing NYC YouTube video

    THANKS for posting this URL. While it may be a mudane trip for others, I found it really interesting. It's been years since we have visited NYC and ridden the subway which is one of the more interesting parts of our trip.
  11. Night Ranger

    Why Do You Tip on Amtrak? [Poll]

    The older I've gotten the more willing I have become to tip delivery people who do a good job. It is harder now to lift heavy objects and a good delivery person is a godsend. The same for a good repairman or any other tradesman who gives good service.
  12. Night Ranger

    Amtrak Tracker issues

    Thanks for the information. It also clearified something else for me, what the colors represent. I knew the map used a color code but being "chromomatically challenged" I can only see 2 of the 5 colors. At least I now know what those 2 mean.
  13. Night Ranger

    Amtrak Tracker issues

    THANKS for the suggestion. I will check that out.
  14. Night Ranger

    Amtrak Tracker issues

    I have. I check both of them fairly often and it has been strictly hit or miss, more miss than hit, lately.
  15. Night Ranger

    Effect of early January 2022 Virginia Snowstorm on Amtrak

    The Crescent is finally on the move as of Tuesday afternoon per the Atlanta Journal Constitution. https://www.ajc.com/neighborhoods/north-fulton/atlanta-amtrak-passengers-trapped-30-plus-hours-on-train/77QSQTWQDNEW5F7WEC6KCIDR6M/
  16. Night Ranger

    Mask requirements on Amtrak

    We are doing the same thing for our trip next April. We have booked a roomette for a 6 hour trip to lessen our chances of exposure to COVID or Omricon or whatever mutation may be cresting then. Less interaction lessens our chances of infection. To each his own but that's what works best for us.
  17. Night Ranger

    Rate changes

    Which is why we booked a trip for April last month. The week following was at least twice as expensive due to Spring Break. COVID may be between waves by then or it may not. We are going to New Orleans for our first real trip anywhere since 2019 and have to hope and bet that travel will be safe...
  18. Night Ranger

    Mask requirements on Amtrak

    We too are planning an April trip (roomette on the Crescent) and had pretty much decided that masks will still be required. Hopefully, we will be "between waves" by then. IAE, we are looking forward to the trip and will abide by whatever mandates/requirements are in place at that time.
  19. Night Ranger

    6.9 Million Dollar Verdict Against Amtrak

    https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/jury-awards-seattle-woman-6-9-million-for-injuries-suffered-in-2017-amtrak-cascades-crash/ Apparently, Amtrak's trial strategy was to dispute the severity of her injuries. 180 hours of survellience shows how serious they were as that type of operation...
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