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  1. Willbridge

    Intercity Bus Seating during Covid

    Just FYI: Flix and Colorado's Bustang are opening up gradually in the last week of June. The Regional Transportation District in Colorado, which includes commuter rail for Denver International Airport and highway coaches Denver <> Boulder, announced that it will resume collecting fares as of...
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    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    In the Carter administration cutback plan, the DOT was ordered by Congress to look into this. As anyone who thinks about it can guess, the incremental cost of adding coach seats was really low and sleeping berths were low. That study was buried in the appendices. As I've posted before here...
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    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    The NP's Fargo-Hawley-Winnipeg RDC picked up pre-ordered box lunches in Grand Forks. The conductor collected the cash (no checks or credit). In 1967 I was toward the end of my cash so I just got to sniff the aroma of what smelled like really good fried chicken from a hometown café.
  4. Willbridge

    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    This is what I suspected, but I try not to be too certain outside of the ICC Western Region. But being a juice fan, I'll add that a number of those line segments had competing interurbans including freight service until the highway lobby ruined the fun.
  5. Willbridge

    Service Reductions effective October 1

    Here's the cover memo from a man who has made a living running rail tours and is himself widely respected in the industry: Mark Meyer, an RPA At Large Council Representative today, in his professional life spent his career working in the rail industry (BNSF and its predecessors), primarily...
  6. Willbridge

    Service Reductions effective October 1

    The problem with complete privatization is whether any of the new operators, likely to be European national carriers, would ever get phone calls returned from Omaha. And in fact, European private operators are in dire straights right now.
  7. Willbridge

    Service Reductions effective October 1

    A detailed analysis of the Empire Builder shows that the change may net no savings. If I can't find it posted here, I'll do it in a separate posting so it can be moved if it is covered elsewhere. I've also found in my files that the last time they pulled this Congress voted enough extra money...
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    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    When I was at Fort Ben we had a formation with a cannon salute for Eisenhower's funeral train. I had to explain to some other students why we didn't actually get to see the train in Indianapolis! Thanks to the B&O's last marketing efforts, I had learned that the way to honor a president and...
  9. Willbridge

    Service Reductions effective October 1

    Yes, and each state has its own type/s of funding. The Amtrak cutback proposal has a reduction that assumes some state trains getting the axe.
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    Service Reductions effective October 1

    The past Amtrak experiences with try-weakly service included changes in operating dates after the launch, as complaints and suggestions rolled in. 3x or 4x connections can work if it's with a daily train, but it's hard to make something like the Coast Starlight work with more than just the Sunset.
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    Service Reductions effective October 1

    Greyhound was having this problem before the Pandemic hit. Their reservation computer would differ from the on-line timetables and service change bulletins sometimes missed big changes. Having given time in my career to stamping out problems like this, I learned that either the software needs...
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    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    The last Big Four Indianapolis <> Cleveland train came by my barrack at Fort Ben Harrison each day during my stay there in 1969. So when I received orders to Fort Dix, my Dad said -- and he reminds me to this day -- that I should figure a way to ride the Erie-Lackawanna, because "when the...
  13. Willbridge

    Best stopovers on the CZ -- and other CZ questions

    If one chooses to do that, I'd recommend Davis, especially eastbound. There's good food, music, unique shops and at least one good hotel within walk and roll distance from the station. Westbound has a somewhat early departure, so it depends on being an early morning person or not.
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    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    We brought this out in the Canadian Transport Commission hearings in Red Deer for the VIA/CP Edmonton-Calgary train-off application. The VIA West vice-president, Harold Murray, was a career CN employee whose job history showed that he tagged along with the career of the VIA Rail president...
  15. Willbridge

    RNO PDX Bus

    I was trying not to go into detail, but was referring to overnight KFS<>RNO. Casino bus riders have proven to be able to travel at some pretty odd times. That's why I mentioned selling a midday stay in RNO. The main connection would be in KFS: Train 11 to bus to RNO stopover to Train 6. and...
  16. Willbridge

    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    Actually both trans-Canada lines are about the same regarding major rail markets. Edmonton and Saskatoon have university traffic and Jasper is far enough from major airports to make for a rail trip in itself. The selection of one line appears to have had more to do with relations with the...
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    RNO PDX Bus

    PDX>RNO is the outer edge of what one driver can legally run. During the 55 mph limit years, you could prove on paper that it was impossible, although because logs don't show if you are breaking the speed limit some companies still tried it, at one point including my employer. What did work...
  18. Willbridge

    Way to cut down losses on long distance trains

    The other advantage of the Russian coupe (4-berth room) is that there is less chance of a forced acquaintance with one other passenger. In five nights on a round-trip Moscow-Tomsk I only had a drunk fellow traveler on one night, and there were other passengers to share the nuisance of dealing...
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    I like Nightjet, especially the rooms with a window for the upper berth. And I especially get a kick out of Nightjet because they ought-thought Deutsche Bahn. With the cooperation of SNCF, they created a useful Paris<>Freiburg<>Berlin overnight service. My last experience with DB's City...
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    Anderson to AA?

    I've been thinking about that. Even the "best" had disappointments and some ordinary ones shone brightly on one issue or another. I'll put forward Paul Reistrup (1975-78), Graham Claytor (1982-93), and David Gunn (2002-2005).
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