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  1. AmtrakMaineiac

    Amtrak Inland Route restoration and Albany - Boston corridor service

    I would hope that there would be consideration of additional stops, for example Palmer and perhaps Warren, to provide more travel options for people living in Central/Western Mass. Of course adding stations would require more funding with the local communities chipping in.
  2. AmtrakMaineiac

    MBTA issues

    They are supposed to be opening the Green Line extension to Medford in a few weeks which should help with ridership numbers.
  3. AmtrakMaineiac

    Alexandria-Philly-New York-Newark International Airport

    I agree Dublin is great in that respect. Although when I was there a number of flights to the US were leaving about the same time and the line was huge but it did move fairly quickly. My one time in Trenton (other that passing through on the NEC) was in May 2015 after the 188 crash when we had...
  4. AmtrakMaineiac

    What have you forgotten to bring with you on an Amtrak trip?

    They used to sell decks of Amtrak playing cards in the cafe. I have a deck which I bought many years ago. I don't know if they still do.
  5. AmtrakMaineiac

    Rude Amtrak employees

    I think as is typical on Amtrak, YMMV. I was on one Downeaster trip in BC where the conductor was fairly strict about the "sips and bites" rule. Other trips not so much. But at least he wasn't rude about it, just took a narrow interpretation of the rule.
  6. AmtrakMaineiac

    The effect of the potential rail strike on Amtrak

    Yes, given that the workers are being forced back to work without the sick day provision that many of them considered vital to a settlement, that will leave a lot of disgruntlement, not a good situation. Perhaps besides a wildcat strike, we might see people "working to rule" or refusing to work...
  7. AmtrakMaineiac

    Rail service Philadelphia to Reading PA

    Reading is outside the 5 county area that constitutes SEPTA, so its charter would have to change to add Berks County. Perhaps there should be a separate organization for the whole southeastern area including Berks, Northampton, and Lehigh counties (for eventual service to Allentown/Bethlehem)...
  8. AmtrakMaineiac

    US railroad labor issues and possible rail strike (2022)

    Three unpaid sick days that have to be scheduled at least 30 days in advance. If that was offered to me at one of my job offers, I would have said are you kidding? You usually don't know 30 days ahead that you or one of your kids is going to get sick.
  9. AmtrakMaineiac

    What should Amtrak change?

    One weakness of how Amtrak is currently structured is that regional service outside the NEC is dependent on state support. Indiana and Ohio have tended to be anti rail whereas Michigan is supportive, Therefore we have good service to Detroit and poor service to Indianapolis and Cleveland.
  10. AmtrakMaineiac

    Airport Shuttles

    A number of options are being considered. Former governor Cuomo had proposed a Laguardia Airtrain similar in concept to the one to JFK. This has been put on hold by the current governor as other alternatives such as the N line extension are being studied. There is the usual NIMBY opposition to...
  11. AmtrakMaineiac

    Advice on a mammoth train trip with our ten-year-old granddaughter next summer

    In Chicago the Maggie Daley Park looks like a fun place for kids. Part of Millennium Park, towards Lake Shore Drive. The "Bean" of course. Also the Adler Planetarium is worth a visit. There is a bus that runs there from the Roosevelt Road L stop. You could actually spend days just at the museum...
  12. AmtrakMaineiac

    Lockheed L-1049 Constellation and other propeller planes of mid-20th century

    The last time I flew in a multi engine prop plane would be in the USAF but the most memorable one in military plane was while I was in Air Force ROTC at Lehigh University in Bethlehem PA. We had a springtime trip down to Florida to tour the Space Center in a Air National Guard 4 engine...
  13. AmtrakMaineiac

    Sacramento RTD light rail

    Unfortunately a problem not just limited to California. Architects that design commercial properties must think that 100 percent of customers arrive by car.
  14. AmtrakMaineiac

    Lockheed L-1049 Constellation and other propeller planes of mid-20th century

    This doesn't have anything to do with props, but I notice a discrepancy in my note above about my brother and mother being on a VC-10 in 1962 since the aircraft allegedly didn't enter commercial service until 1964 according to Wikipedia. I'm pretty sure about the date of their trip as summer of...
  15. AmtrakMaineiac

    Gulf Coast Amtrak service (New Orleans - Mobile) agreement with freight railroads

    There should be cars freed up by the deployment of the Siemens Venture cars elsewhere on the system. Single level cars would be appropriate for this service.
  16. AmtrakMaineiac

    Airport Shuttles

    I assume RIDOT since I believe they are subsidizing the service south of Providence. Not sure what the current purpose of the TF Green stop is. If it was for people working at the airport they would also need 7 day a week service. I guess for people living in the Warwick area commuting into...
  17. AmtrakMaineiac

    What should Amtrak change?

    Of course for people used to flying, the concept of an assigned seat is ingrained in them and you rarely see problems with sitting in the wrong seat, and the crew is quick to correct any such issues. Not so much with trains where we are more used to open seating at least in NEC coach travel.
  18. AmtrakMaineiac

    Amtrak management issues

    I think he means complete control of the rail network, like Network Rail in the UK. I don't think we are likely to see a wholesale takeover of track, more likely a piecemeal approach where key sections get taken over where it would benefit both passenger and freight operation.
  19. AmtrakMaineiac

    Lockheed L-1049 Constellation and other propeller planes of mid-20th century

    Sometime I will have to dig out short videos my dad took at Logan Airport in Boston in the early 1960s including various prop planes as well as my mother and brother arriving from a trip to London in 1962 in a BOAC Vickers VC-10. These were originally on 8mm film which he years later had...
  20. AmtrakMaineiac

    What should Amtrak change?

    Of course reserved seating only works if the reservation can be indicated somehow such as by a light, and other passengers and crew actually respect/enforce the reserved seat system. What happens when someone reserves from say PVD to PHL and someone getting on in Boston to ride to NYP sees the...