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    Chicago Travel Order - 14 day quarantine

    Sounds like Beggar's Pizza needs to be shut down.
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    Incident in La Plata

    I, too, feel that too much alcohol was involved in the ejection.
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    Downeaster host railroad for sale?

    Norfolk Southern will probably take the main east-west line from the Albany area to Boston. The rest will go to one of the big short line companies. Maine could buy the non-MBTA part of the Downeaster, but that probably won't be necessary if the right deal is made.
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    Amtrak CEO live stream broadcast Monday

    TYiy This event is being put on by the Washington Post. Amtrak has nothing to do with its scheduling.
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    Could states ditch Amtrak for a private contractor?

    While states like California own their own equipment, the biggest problem is access to the Big 7 freight railroads. The freights like to work with one organization and may not want to work with an outfit like Keolis. A lot of commuter rail networks are run under contract by private operators...
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    VIA Rail and bilevel cars

    VIA has never shown any interest in bi-level cars. It's doubtful they're interested now. They'll run the old CP cars on the Canadian until they fall apart and then abandon the whole operation.
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    Service Reductions effective October 1

    This seems to be a very odd move. Why did Amtrak operate all the LD trains during the height of the Covid 19 crisis, then decide to reduce service as the nation moves back to a semi-normal status? Write to your congressmen and senators, people, and put a stop to this nonsense.
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    Anderson to AA?

    AA is welcome to have him, just keep him away from Amtrak.
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    RPA Renewal Questions

    I received my membership renewal notice during the past week, I was stunned to see my senior membership fee jumped from $30 to $50. I don't recall receiving any notification of this large increase until I was asked to renew my membership. I guess I could pay $5 a month (another option), but...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    It's just a move that shows Amtrak is serious about needing this money. Congress will appropriate something, maybe the full amount, maybe less. Amtrak will take the money and there will be no more talk of service reductions.
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    Amtrak restores staffing positions at Marshall station

    The reason Amtrak is required to not lose any money on food service is the result of a congressional mandate. All congress has to do is rescind the mandate.
  12. M

    Happy National Train Day

    Since the whole country is basically shut down now and big crowds aren't wanted, there's no reason for a celebration this year. Maybe next year.
  13. M

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

    As long as the track is available, you might as well go for the limit.
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    How do feel about riding "Coach" ?

    Probably 95 percent of all Amtrak passengers travel on coach (including business class which is just an upgraded coach). Sleeper travel is limited to the few long distance, overnight trains. The Northeast Corridor, Midwest Corridors, Pacific Coast corridors and all the other regional trains...
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    Metra has relented - MED schedule changes

    One of the problems is that you can't turn a train as quickly with PTC as you could under the old signal system. The engineer has to enter new codes every time the train is turned.
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    Strange Incident at Flagstaff 4(3)

    There doesn't seem to be any reports on the Flagscanner web site about the incident, so it must have been resolved quickly without any problems. There does seem to be a lot of action in Flagstaff, a lot of fights in progress.
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    Strange Incident at Flagstaff 4(3)

    Only the Flagstaff Police Department probably knows what happened to the woman. Does anybody live in the Flagstaff area who could check with the police? Since we don't know the woman's name and the local media seems to have overlooked the story, the police would be the only source for more...
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    Strange Incident at Flagstaff 4(3)

    Was she the only person getting off the train? It seems strange no one else was around. Somebody must have been going to meet her and pick her up.
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    By Train into the Wilds.......

    Great report and photos, as usual. I've always wondered about those Quebec locals and the riding experience. Quebec City is one of my favorite places. It's like going to Europe without a long, cramped plane ride.
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    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    Anderson is on his way out, he's long gone from Delta, so he's not in a position to do anything. While nice, this seating would probably cut the seating capacity of a coach in half, requiring a doubling of fares and doubling the size of the fleet. I kinda doubt we'll see anything like this on a...