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  1. Cho Cho Charlie

    How reliable is Air Conditioning in Bedroom cars

    My family in Florida, will bundle up in their parkas when the outside temp is in the 60's.
  2. Cho Cho Charlie

    Viewliner Sleeper Bathroom Question

    I assume you always stay in a hotel, where there is a common shared bathroom down the hall. For me, I think my grandparents did. Yea, I suspect that Hilton or Marriott would save a lot of money, if they could get away with building hotels without private bathrooms in their rooms.
  3. Cho Cho Charlie

    Silver Service changes?

    Because it is better than walking? I was just thinking of a way for cutting back on LD trains, without totally abandoning LD service. If Amtrak had just one "bulk" train covering the East Coast, the Auto Train seems like the logical choice. I was exploring possible answers to the...
  4. Cho Cho Charlie

    Silver Service changes?

    I had not considered that the Silvers cover the same distance in less time (16m faster) even with all their local stops. I wonder why? Expanding my though, I would envision a mini-Silver that would feed the North East, directly into Lorton. The mini-Silver would not need sleepers...
  5. Cho Cho Charlie

    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Having VL I sleepers on some trains (routes) and VL II sleepers on the others might cause problems unless they simply never sell the "extra" roomette on the VL I sleepers.
  6. Cho Cho Charlie

    Silver Service changes?

    If there any publicly available data, on the percentage of passengers boarding/detraining at each of the stations along the SM and SS routes? I was just thinking if there could be a purely business, and non political, review of the Silver routes. Going on a slight tangent, I wish they allowed...
  7. Cho Cho Charlie

    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Don't the neighbors laugh, when they see you staggering down the street, heading to the gas station, late at night? 😷
  8. Cho Cho Charlie

    Eastern Sleeping Car Passengers Pre-Order Meals

    I assume that if you replied "Then I will take one of those two", they will call the Air Marshall. Though, in TSA jail, I here they are serving Chicken Parm with linguine, for dinner tonight. ;)
  9. Cho Cho Charlie

    Chicago Travel Order - 14 day quarantine

    True around here too. The trash people will also pick up, and toss into their truck, any "dibs" furniture, by mayor's order. However, the "dibs" people are very united and strong too, and feel they have righteousness on their side. Something along the lines of Dibbed Spots Matter.
  10. Cho Cho Charlie

    Auto Train Meals

    That's consistent with my usage. I always thought that the Malt Vinegar being offered, was for the fish part of the Fish&Chip entree (Arthur Treacher's, Long John Silver's, but never McD's). I guess I am one of those dumb "southerns" (living south of the Canadian boarder) who has it wrong.
  11. Cho Cho Charlie

    Viewliner Sleeper Bathroom Question

    The only room with a toilet, on the lower level, would be the H or Handicap room, and your head would never be next to its toilet in night-time mode.
  12. Cho Cho Charlie

    Eastern Sleeping Car Passengers Pre-Order Meals

    I have to wonder if this was a failure on the part of the Chicago food supplier (ordered food was not delivered to the train), or by Amtrak itself (order never made it to the supplier)? I have had problems with pre-ordered food in airlines before. IMHO, the system would be so much more robust...
  13. Cho Cho Charlie

    Viewliner Sleeper Bathroom Question

    You had a commode (toilet) by your head, in a roomette, on the Auto Train (a Superliner)?
  14. Cho Cho Charlie

    Viewliner Sleeper Bathroom Question

    The shared/common use bathrooms (toilets) in coach are what totally creep me out. By the end of LD trip, they are far worse than any gas station, ever. For the Viewliner roomettes, when one of us needs to use the toilet, the other stretches their legs and goes for a walk. Not a big deal.
  15. Cho Cho Charlie

    Auto Train Meals

    Side salads have got to be easier, faster, than fries. McD is simply fishing for an excuse to push their fries. For the side salads, they just have to reach into the cooler, and take it out. Fries, they have to load the basket and wait for them to cook (at the take out window, I am told...
  16. Cho Cho Charlie

    Amtrak's 2 for 1 Roomette Sale

    IMHO, "safe" and "safer" are two very different things. One is absolute and the other is simply relative.
  17. Cho Cho Charlie

    Is an Amtrak sleeper the safest way to travel in pandemic times?

    I am not so sure that staying at a mom and pop hotel would result in a guaranteed virus free room. 😷
  18. Cho Cho Charlie

    Auto Train Meals

    Speaking of salads and McD's, they aren't offering side salads anymore. For adults, it is just their fries now. And it isn't just McD's. A lot of places stopped offering salads. Is it because the lettuce is served "raw" and uncooked?
  19. Cho Cho Charlie

    Covid-19: How satisfactory is Amtrak cleaning?

    Corvid-19 is a virus, not a germ nor bacteria. Being a virus, it isn't really alive to begin with, and therefore, is difficult to kill. One really has to disassemble a virus to inactivate it. I personally, have a lot of concern since places are "merely" killing germs and bacteria by...
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