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    Superliner trains' sleepers removal and restoration (2022-2023)

    Well, as soon as you know if price is no object However, I am still booking based on price, and so in the 5 month-ish time frame personally. The algorithm they use to choose the next roomette to present for sale is clearly not based on fill one car and move on to the next. It seems to...
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    Superliner trains' sleepers removal and restoration (2022-2023)

    Yes they are and it just happened again with the CZ this spring. Personally, I will not book other than a "base" sleeper until there have no occurrences of this for a year. My clock for that just reset from October 2023 to May 2024.
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    Lake Shore Limited discussion

    Yes, odd numbered rooms are usually on the right. The 12 car has always been oriented the same direction as the 11 car when I've ridden it. The reason I've heard is the vestibule had to be next to the diner since the diner does not have a vestibule.
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    Superliner trains' sleepers removal and restoration (2022-2023)

    I have always booked sleepers by phone in any case, since I have always been picky about location. Getting in the base sleeper is just one more criteria (although a harder requirement than my other preferences).
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    Union Pacific & The STB

    And it is never going to happen.
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    Union Pacific & The STB

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    Coast Starlight to Empire Builder?

    Well, whatever it was, it appears to be fixed. I just ran SLO-GPK for 8/9 and it comes up, 14-28 connection at PDX. Welcome back, Triley.
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    Coast Starlight to Empire Builder?

    I'm not the OP, but when I was looking at it last night I was using August 9th.
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    Coast Starlight to Empire Builder?

    60 minutes is the guideline for guaranteed connections other than LD to NE Corridor. Note that this is not automatic, nor hard and fast. Some connections less than 60 minutes are guaranteed, some more than 60 minutes are not. However, note the thrust of my argument. Connections are entered...
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    Coast Starlight to Empire Builder?

    Okay, this is flat out weird. I am unable to get a valid connection when entering any Coast Starlight point to any Empire Builder point, including major ones, like EMY to MSP. I was able to get the 14-28 connection to Michigan points like ROY or DET. Checking for other eastern trains, I...
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    California Zephyr discussion

    Yes. And after my opaque window experience on the LSL in 2021, on my November 2022 trip, I brought along Windex wipes and cleaned my window from the platform of Penn Station.
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    California Zephyr discussion

    Not sure about the status of the washer in the Oakland Coach Yard. I know for sure the windows on the Lake Shore Limited are not cleaned and have not been for years. If there is any sun on them, they're damn near opaque.
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    California Zephyr discussion

    When I rode it in November 2021 they did.
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    California Zephyr discussion

    I understand the car washers at both Sunnyside and Chicago are down and have been for at least a couple years. They may not be the only ones. The ones in Seattle and LA apparently work.
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    Booking online/Amtrak website

    I book overnight connections as separate reservations. I book same day connections on the same reservation. I would never, ever book a connection from an overnight train to another train on arrival day on a separate reservation. I have been on far too many 12 hour late trains not to book such...
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    Booking online/Amtrak website

    There is not a connection from Atlanta to Chicago at NYP. The Lake Shore Limited leaves about 2 1/2 hours before the Cresent arrives. The only connection from Cresent points to Chicago is at WAS to the Capitol. When you say "book each leg by itself" I hope you mean by entering all segments...
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    Booking online/Amtrak website

    With either connecting at NOL or WAS and CHI. The Eagle is only daily between CHI and SAS. The through cars only run on Sunset days, since they are part of the Sunset's consist west of SAS.
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    Booking online/Amtrak website

    Connections in Amtrak’s reservation system are manually constructed and entered, not generated algorithmically. A roundabout ATL-TUS with 2 connections at WAS and CHI was apparently never entered, although I would not have expected to have been. It would not be a common routing. It really...
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    High fares and sell-outs on Cascades

    Yes, 518 will go from Portland to Vancouver, BC without changing trains, including intermediate stops like Mount Vernon. There is a long, 30 minute stop at Seattle's King Street Station, though.
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