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  1. IndyLions

    Amtrak Siemens Charger locomotive (SC44, ALC42, ALC42E)

    I’m on 58 today Champaign to Chicago. We’ll see what locomotive we have…
  2. IndyLions

    Anyone know what's up with the Maple Leaf bike service?

    Sorry I don’t have any insight - but as a bike guy - I have serious empathy.
  3. IndyLions

    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car production, delivery, speculation

    Odds are pretty good. The Cardinal for the past few weeks has only been running with the newer sleepers and crew dorms.
  4. IndyLions

    Review of Viewliner II roomette

    My first trip in the new bedroom they had the ladder stored in the upper bunk. The second trip they didn’t - so I put it there myself and left it there the rest of the trip (except when I was sleeping, of course). That solved the issue for me at least.
  5. IndyLions

    Empire Builder schedule changed effective Monday, July 11th

    I’ll believe it when I see it. The Gulf Coast situation seems to be a pretty clear case of freight railroads just stalling and being unreasonable. But so far, they’ve managed to completely continue their delaying tactics with no end in sight. And if things don’t go the way they want, they’ll...
  6. IndyLions

    Empire Builder schedule changed effective Monday, July 11th

    That all sounds good in theory, But so far has proven to be an abject failure. The schedules keep getting worse for passengers, along with the on-time performance. Haven’t seen a single reprimand/fine to a freight railroad yet…
  7. IndyLions

    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car production, delivery, speculation

    I’ve taken a similar approach with much success. There’s plenty of room up in the space above the hall, but go with multiple smaller bags instead of one giant one. Remember, you’ve got to lift it way up there. And to repeat what others have said - if you snag one of the Viewliner II rooms, a...
  8. IndyLions

    Silver Star/Silver Meteor combined train (Jan - Oct 2022)

    Others have speculated on this forum that the original plan was likely to have a crew dorm included on every VL2 route. There may be a linen closet in the crew dorm. If I ever get booked in one, I’ll check it out.
  9. IndyLions

    Amtrak dining

    Sounds like another crew making it up as they go along…
  10. IndyLions

    Virginia service expansion

    The investment needed is a capital investment in the platform(s) as a start. It really doesn’t need an investment in additional personnel at this point.
  11. IndyLions

    Virginia service expansion

    Thanks. Didn’t realize the station property is privately owned. That’s a problem.
  12. IndyLions

    Virginia service expansion

    I know i’m probably just asking for speculation, but does anybody have any idea as to why they haven’t invested more in modernizing the platforms at Charlottesville? It’s such a busy station and a wealthy area - and it surprises me that they haven’t poured more money into it.
  13. IndyLions

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

    More great news! First my (adopted state) Cardinal gets a VL2 sleeper, and then my (native state) Wolverine gets a new Siemens train set! No business class though yet, right?
  14. IndyLions

    Viewliner II Sleeper on the Cardinal

    Woo hoo! Some good news for my hometown train! Now if they were just to add a VLII diner…
  15. IndyLions

    BC gone on the LSL after July 2?

    What they SHOULD do with the Cafe/Club car is leave it in the consist - make it unstaffed - and add a full Cafe to better serve all passengers with food service. Since I’m sure the crew is taking up an inordinate share of booth space in the Cafe, adding booth capacity while improving food...
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    Amtrak long distance fares 2021/2022

    Of course, the people “using the thing” get their revenge in that they refuse to use any new feature built into the VLIIs that they don’t feel like utilizing. One example is the shower room towel rack which sits there on the wall gathering dust while SCAs “stack” towels either on the seat or on...
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    Consist (Make-up) of the Cardinal # 50 & 51

    Never mind – I checked out your link to the thread and found it right away. Car 5109.
  18. IndyLions

    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car production, delivery, speculation

    Which car numbers currently running on the LSL are VLII? Getting ready to schedule a trip, and want to make sure I get a room in a VLII car.
  19. IndyLions

    Consist (Make-up) of the Cardinal # 50 & 51

    What is the car number on your reservation?
  20. IndyLions

    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car production, delivery, speculation

    There is a VL2 on the Cardinal - but it is a combo Crew Dorm / Baggage Car. The Crew Dorm includes Roomettes that are similar/identical to the Roomettes available on a VL2 Sleeper. We seem to have pretty good information here that Amtrak intends to start booking a few of the excess Crew Dorm...