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  1. Willbridge

    May 2024 Eastern Loop

    Good reporting! And, I learned some things that might be useful. The observations about the load factors by segment lead to the idea that when we talk about second trains on long-distance routes it might be best to ask first for second trains on high-traffic segments. That saves on capital...
  2. Willbridge

    A little "training" in Europe

    I agree. When I went to Siberia in 2010 I was able to get a well-formatted stop by stop timetable from DB for the entire trip. This made it easy to avoid trains that cut through Kazakhstan when I was booking in the Russian site. Poland's site was also awkward, so I checked some itineraries in...
  3. Willbridge

    Colorado planning

    The ColoRail newsletter is available now in pdf form at: https://www.colorail.org/newsletter-archive Issue #95 includes information on the General Meeting to be held in Boulder on Saturday, June 1st, and on pages 7 & 8 a wrap-up of the successful WPX season. The General Meeting will follow up...
  4. Willbridge

    Ground Transport in the Pacific Northwest

    I usually don't check on holidays, but here's the PDX to SEA line-up for Memorial Day Monday, May 27th as of Wednesday night. 0645 AT $27/$86 0700 FB $32 0820 AT $37/SO 0830 FB $32 1040 FB $33 1040 AT $59/SO 1200 FB $33 1410 AT SO/SO 1500 FB $34 1556 AT $66/--/$229 1755 AT $47/$87 1910 FB $33...
  5. Willbridge

    Ground Transport in the Pacific Northwest

    By the time I rode it, on my way home from the army, around Labor Day 1971, it was a diverse consist of Northern Lines cars. I know that the leg-rest coach from Chicago was ex-GN, because in the stepwell there was a picture of Rocky, the GN goat, waving and saying, "Welcome Aboard" instead of...
  6. Willbridge

    Colorado planning

    In recognition of the fact that start-up money might be available from new sources, and from the political recognition that unrelated complex tax measures are headed for Nov. 2024 ballots, the Front Range district's executive board has recommended holding off a vote till Nov. 2026...
  7. Willbridge

    Colorado planning

    Here's a link to the Colorado governor's press release regarding his signing bills that provide money for intercity rail and urban transit. https://www.colorado.gov/governor/news/governor-polis-signs-historic-bills-law-protecting-colorados-air-quality-and-expanding-access
  8. Willbridge

    Amtrak Cascades Service discussion

    I checked on Bus 5502. It will retain the two park-n-ride stops but will depart Eugene five minutes earlier. With Train 502 departing ten minutes later, that'll make a 30-minute connection.
  9. Willbridge

    Amtrak Cascades Service discussion

    I was wondering how the pre-7 a.m. departure was doing. This seems to answer that question. And reliable Train 11 was too attractive, so new 505 will run interference for it. Regarding Train 502, AORTA was pressing to have the two park-n-ride stops (Tualatin and Woodburn) deleted on Bus 5502...
  10. Willbridge

    History of the creation of Railpax which became Amtrak

    In 1976 I wrote a report on a PDX <> PSC section of the Empire Builder for ODOT and submitted it to Amtrak. I left ODOT in December of that year and so did not follow it up. I did keep a copy of it and by coincidence later on I met an Amtrak planner who was interested in the idea, so I sent...
  11. Willbridge

    History of the creation of Railpax which became Amtrak

    At around that time I was riding the French Train Militaire between Berlin and Strasbourg, but my dad picked up the May 1, 1971 timetable for me. As you can see when it is blown up, the SP thought it was still doing things its way with nitpicky special charges.
  12. Willbridge

    San Francisco/Emeryville, CA

    Last of the Liberty ships.
  13. Willbridge

    Empire Builder discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    The only solution is to ride both routes. Columbia from Train 28 on a cloudy day.
  14. Willbridge

    History of the creation of Railpax which became Amtrak

    I almost laughed out loud when I saw the familiar map -- with the Pacific Northwest chopped off. Author Stewart Holbrook used to call it the Far Corner. Part of my work for ODOT in 1971-76 turned out to be explaining geography to people in The Nation's Capital. Aside from omitting what became...
  15. Willbridge

    History of the creation of Railpax which became Amtrak

    Some more background on the interaction with the post office. A handful of mail by rail operations continued between the 1967 postal bloodbath and the 1971 launch of Amtrak. One of them was the former SP&S connection for the Mainstreeter and Western Star. Had the start-up of Amtrak been...
  16. Willbridge

    History of the creation of Railpax which became Amtrak

    Thanx for posting. I missed all this by being stationed in Berlin, relying on clippings mailed by my family. I came home in September 1971 and started at ODOT in October. It took me a while to figure out what happened. Or, at least to piece together an outline of what had happened! The...
  17. Willbridge

    St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago (TCMC) second daily service

    Perhaps the short notice start-up did not leave time enough to work food deals with regional firms.
  18. Willbridge

    Ground Transport in the Pacific Northwest

    Here's the PDX to SEA line-up for Sunday, May 19th as of Wednesday night. 0645 AT $37/$87 0700 FB $30 0820 AT $42/$87 0830 FB $31 1040 FB $32 1040 AT $66/SO 1200 FB $32 1410 AT $66/SO 1500 FB $33 1556 AT $50/--/$272 1755 AT $47/$72 1910 FB $33 1925 AT $37/$87 2115 FB $33 And here's PDX to SPK...
  19. Willbridge

    Ground Transport in the Pacific Northwest

    If it's just for a study, it can be done by plowing through the internet with dummy itinerary searches. It's slow, because some trips are less than daily. For the reports here, I just show PDX<>SPK as a sample of what is going on east-west. You're right about east-west service being skimpy...
  20. Willbridge

    Ground Transport in the Pacific Northwest

    I checked and Wanderu is not showing the night bus run by Northwestern, only the daylight trip which is listed as Amtrak Thruway service. The night bus does show in the Flix/Greyhound reservation system. In the process of checking this, I discovered that Amtrak was showing the daylight bus for...
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