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  1. texline

    TSA morning in Emeryville (8/31/18)

    Ok 11 is moving! 4 hours. A lot of upset people. Everyone gets a snack pack on Amtrak.
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    TSA morning in Emeryville (8/31/18)

    I am sitting on 11 still stuck. TSA is a topic of discussion. Anything is a topic of discussion. So waiting for a coroner. Crews have been replaced. Ready to go. Conductor says freight trains ahead are waiting and they go first. Then the CC and then us. Passengers are getting impatient. Now...
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    TSA morning in Emeryville (8/31/18)

    These guys put a curse on the trains. I am on 11. The southbound corridor has a fatality strike just ahead of us. The northbound hit a pedestrian and is behind us. Oh well. Parked now for a while
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    TSA morning in Emeryville (8/31/18)

    Homeland Security showed up this morning in Emeryville. They seemed very interested in the two capital corridor trains. They photographed it and people coming off. They took off after the trains departed. I wonder what they are up to.
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    Trip Report The Canadian #2 Prestige Class

    I had prepared a write up, I had to condense it down from the report I gave my club, and had thought to myself I should post this soon. I then read an excellent trip report on the forum yesterday and decided not to essentially give you all a repeat. I would just comment that it was the very...
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    Stretch/Smoke Stop List

    I have seen passengers smoking on the platform in Sacramento. I also had a morning when the Zephyr and Capitol Corridor met and the CZ passengers were smoking. A guy came off the CC, looked at the smokers at the end of the platform then ran to an SCA and started insisting on his conductor. A...
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    Emeryville, CA parking

    Use Emeryville frequently. Never a problem to date.
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    Trip report: San Antonio

    Regarding the stowaway. The SCA told me he had prepared the room and then taped the door (not sure if that is a term or physically taping the door [sCA loves duct tape]). My understanding is that the person knew he shouldn’t be in a bedroom. I guess my thinking was, in the past, the train just...
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    Trip report: San Antonio

    Thank you for all the planning information. It really helped. San Antonio was a lot of fun. We had no idea we were catching the end of the 300th anniversary. The Riverwalk was just packed with people and it was just loads of fun and I was surprised we didn’t see anyone fall into the river. The...
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    SWC loading passengers via the lounge car

    A first for me. The SWC stop at La Plata. The passengers were boarded through the SSL Never saw that before. A couple of people got off the coach behind the SSL during the stop. Sent from my iPad using Amtrak Forum
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    Trip planning - San Antonio

    Thank you all for great information! We will finish up the reservations today. We are looking forward to San Antonio. Sent from my iPad using Amtrak Forum
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    Trip planning - San Antonio

    DA thank you. Any suggestion on touristy things to do are welcome. My wife just wanted to do the Riverwalk and the Alamo which prompted this trip. Texas tourism sent a long list of things to do. The hop on hop off bus seemed like a good idea. The boat tour is a given. I have this “I hope we...
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    Trip planning - San Antonio

    We are putting together a trip to San Antonio at the end of April. My wife didn’t want to get in just before dawn (coming eastbound) so to make the time work a bit better, we will fly one segment and arrive via American Airlines. She wants to do the river walk so we narrowed down three hotels on...
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    Connection from San Francisco Ferry to SMART

    Uber and Lyft are numerous. 31 bus, 29 bus. Taxis hang out at the ferry terminal. Sent from my iPad using Amtrak Forum
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    SMART train vs Pedestrian

    The SMART train struck a woman this morning. In Santa Rosa (CA) at Hearn Ave. It is reported as a fatality. This is the first time for the new SMART. Not many details. It will be interesting to see the local reaction. SMART did an outstanding job with public education. Sent from my iPad using...
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    Shuttle from Maricopa to Phoenix

    I visit family in the Phoenix area and have used the Flagstaff connection from the SWChief. When I learned the connection was available from Maricopa, I decided to try it. The problem I had was booking it through Amtrak. From the west bound Sunset Limited it was no problem. For the eastbound...
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    Breakfast Buffet In PPC

    I had the same experience with a substitute SSL. Meals upstairs and bar downstairs. The LSA was top notch, she always had a smile. Another trip had everything upstairs and that LSA said he preferred to run the car this way. Sent from my iPad using Amtrak Forum
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    Starlight/Sunset connection in LAX

    I do like that 11 - 2 connection as I use it now to Phoenix. The shuttle from Maricopa makes it easy. Sent from my iPad using Amtrak Forum
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    Starlight/Sunset connection in LAX

    Yes Zephyr17, I took the trip week of Thanksgiving. I am wondering if the holiday week was different. I also assumed it was guaranteed and I thankful I had not missed a connection before on previous trips. It would less confusing if the guaranteed connection was indicated on the ticket so the...