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    Amtrak dining

    They’ve actually had that for a few iterations of the menu.
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    Amtrak dining

    Some will complain about some extra fresh selections on the corridor trains but one must also keep in mind some of those items have a same day shelf life.
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    It’s a combination of both. OBS is also tight. Two night routes particularly strain the OBS bases due to the long trips so it’s unsurprising that OBS shortages would affect those routes the most. Dropping a single sleeper off the Zephyr reduces the strain on Chicago significantly for instance as...
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    Not equipment problems. Wash out in Utah. CZ has had some bad luck this summer. While there have been some Chicago mech issues the UP is in full meltdown which is the majority of it.
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    Not really. I have had some recent good trips. I don’t think todays problems have anything to do with the SP in the 50s/60s. As much as some don’t want to believe - there are legitimate workforce/economic problems contributing to the current situation - it’s not a massive management conspiracy...
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    I don’t think Amtrak will totally eliminate sleepers and dining cars. But I think they do believe there are areas that would be served better by day running service that are currently served only by a single LD train. And they aren’t wrong in some instances. Though the reasonable way to address...
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    It will take a couple years for them to deal with the operational problems causing low capacity. I agree with you somewhat about selling inventory. At this point they should probably just sell a small amount going forward (1 sleeper) while things are problematic and then if they can add a...
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    My suggestion would be give it a year or two. I think they’ll get things straightened out eventually it will just take some time.
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    Backup flights aren’t really an option for those of us that can’t or won’t fly.
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    I think there’s certainly a legitimate debate about whether they should ambitiously sell the inventory and then cancel people when they can’t meet it. Or alternatively if they should just sell a base consist with one sleeper and then only add capacity when they determine the consist on the...
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    It’s insufficient staffing - with mechanical shops and OBS being the biggest problems. FRA also recently expanded mandatory drug testing to mechanical employees which have been a complicating factor in hiring despite generous sign on and relocation bonuses they have put in place for new...
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    I think this is more about short staffing. They are squeezing things right now to try to meet summer demand which is likely straining the employees with minimal extra boards. This is likely to relieve the strain on the limited staff while hiring countinues. I think a good strategy for now on...
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    This isn’t meant to make excuses and I understand your frustration. But in fairness the airline industry has had far from a model summer with many of the same problems and has had to drop flights at a moment’s notice, cut flights routes etc without much notice for much the same reasons...
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    Current Southwest Chief consists

    The baggage removal isn’t surprising. I think the last couple years they’ve added the full baggage on the Chief in the summer mainly due to the Boy Scouts. Rest of the year I think they make do with just the coach baggage.
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    I’d think eventually it’ll be back to more than it is now - but not in the next year or two. It’s going to be dicey while OBS remains short staffed.
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    CZ and SWC sleepers removed (downgraded to coach)

    I’m not all that surprised. Based on some of what you hear of reports on board they’ve stretched pretty thin to go back to daily for the summer. Hopefully the dropped sleeper is a sign they won’t reduce the train to less than daily. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
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    When is Sleeping Car returning to WAS-BOS overnight train?

    Fair enough - meant no offense. Just sharing what I had heard - take it or leave it.
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    When is Sleeping Car returning to WAS-BOS overnight train?

    There has been some vague chatter that they may eventually bring the sleeper back - if they do it'd likely be cut/added on at WAS given the different end points in VA. Nothing concrete just chatter/rumors.
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    New RPA survey for customer feedback and complaints

    I think this is a great idea - kudos to the RPA staff. A great place to leave feedback: https://www.railpassengers.org/happening-now/news/blog/bad-train-trip-help-us-make-your-voice-heard-now/
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