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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    Ouch. That would be painful to seee those pull into Portland on Thursday 8/20. Think I would cancel and return to Chicago a day earlier.
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    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    I’m planning a ride in the evening trip from Portland to Eugene. Is this service operated by Talgo equipment?
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    If I understand correctly sets of equipment generally operate on the same route day to day. I don’t know the exact number of consists needed to operate the Lincoln service, the number of consists needed for the Michigan service, Hiawatha Service, and service to Quincy. Unless there’s a...
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    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    I can tell you my gf wont notice anything about the paint scheme. But she will appreciate the bathrooms being modern and functional and not too cold in January.
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    Train 6 - Directional Positioning of Sleeping Cars?

    The sleepers have been at the front of 5/6 and 3/4 for the past several years. The orientation of a specific car is difficult to predict. Bedrooms could be at the front one time and roomettes at the front the next time. I’m not sure if there is supposed to be a certain way of doing this.
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    Will full service dining ever return to the Western trains?

    I dislike these meals. But I have friends who work for Amtrak. Each of them have encouraged me to ride as long as I was healthy. A conductor on 50 thanked me for supporting Amtrak when he noticed I was select plus. He only knew this because I was asking to get off the train at Alexandria...
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    Eastern Sleeping Car Passengers Pre-Order Meals

    Steak for dinner and pancakes for breakfast. The meatballs and pasta is ok substitute for dinner. I can deal with the breakfast. But lunch is a mess because I don’t like the other meals. What is the other part of the lobster dish?
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    Eastern Sleeping Car Passengers Pre-Order Meals

    Thank you for the clarification. Based on my experiences last weekend Amtrak did a better job loading enough of each item. I got the meatball pasta twice. It was adequate. I’m getting used to the breakfast. For lunch I got a cheeseburger on 50 which was comped. There’s a back story to...
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    Acela questions: Cycle 1 and Cycle 2 menus in lounge car plus using first class seating seat assignment system

    I am planning a trip on the Acela for August. Is there a way of telling which cycle menu is used in the lounge car? The website states that it is rotated monthly. So is it logical that cycle 1 is January, cycle 2 February, etc to conclude that August would be cycle 2? The second question...
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    Round trip to Chicago- Washington, DC. 50, 29

    Yes. The AC was ok in the viewliner sleeper. It was ok in the superliner sleeper. It was functional. Just not as cool as I would like. The breakfast service was same as Cardinal. Walk to diner and take food back to room. There was no sightseer lounge. We arrived Chicago 9 minutes late.
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    Round trip to Chicago- Washington, DC. 50, 29

    I’m in a superliner 2 car. Delaware. Some work has been done on this car as evidenced by a new control button for air temperature and a new outlet. I’ve not seen this before.
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    Round trip to Chicago- Washington, DC. 50, 29

    We are early into Pittsburg. Still stuffy but in the car. A few seconds after checking vents I feel cool air circulating. Relief.
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    Round trip to Chicago- Washington, DC. 50, 29

    An update on the air conditioning. It’s struggling to keep me cool with door closed to my roomette . It was ok for awhile. But now I’m warm. Strange because sun has set and it’s cooled outside.
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    Round trip to Chicago- Washington, DC. 50, 29

    Dinner was served. I again got the meatball pasta. That’s decent. Attendant asked us when we wanted our meals. Gave us choices of when to receive them at 30 minute intervals. Food arrived right at 6 pm.
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    Round trip to Chicago- Washington, DC. 50, 29

    The SCA announced that csx has imposed a heat restriction until 7 pm. He thinks we will probably make up time.
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    Round trip to Chicago- Washington, DC. 50, 29

    We had a great breakfast at the original Pancake house in Bethesda and lunch at the Fogo de Chao steakhouse. We used Lyft to limit being in the heat. We arrived Union station at 3:00 pm. It took less than a minute for a ticket agent to print Mike’s ticket. Then a red cap met us on the way...
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    Viewliner II Part 4: Sleeping Car Production, Delivery, Speculation

    Oops, I forgot about the COVID situation and why people might prefer their own facilities. I was looking forward to riding the new sleepers. No disrespect intended.
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    Round trip to Chicago- Washington, DC. 50, 29

    We arrived Alexandria about 9:40 pm. 30 minutes Before arriving I notified the conductor that we wished to get off in Alexandria Rather than Washington union station. He looked up our names to note this. Then he thanked me for being a select plus member. He went on for a couple of minutes...
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