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    Cardinal discussion

    I am kind of assuming that you meant that night shift staffing was drasticly reduced, not eliminated entirely. There are some trains that need to be turned/serviced overnight, like the Maple Leaf (arrives NYP 9:16 pm, departs 7:15 am) and somebody at Sunnyside has to do it. I recognize turning...
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    Crescent discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    The policy is one adult beverage with dinner under both Flex and Traditional systemwide. That's always been the policy with Flex and with Traditional since it was reintroduced, as far as I know. So, yes, there should have been a free drink for passengers the previous evening's dinner. And no...
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    Cardinal discussion

    Yes, but the Seattle Coach Yard is a lot less busy than Sunnyside. Also, if inbound 7 is even a little late, outbound 8 is going to be delayed.
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    Scanners, Radio and other such tech inquiries

    I don't think using USB in a scanner had even been thought of when I got that Radio Shack one. I actually had to buy the AC transformer for it separately. I don't worry about using it to keep my rechargeables for it charged. It works, doesn't seem to adversely affect the rechargeables to the...
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    Scanners, Radio and other such tech inquiries

    As I pointed in a previous post, Google Maps does indeed seem to have a nervous breakdown when it cannot get an internet connection, either cellular data or wifi, even if one has downloaded maps. The solution, if one does not want to purchase or carry around a standalone GPS, is to get another...
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    Scanners, Radio and other such tech inquiries

    My old Radio Shack scanner (which almost certainly is a Uniden with a "Radio Shack" label slapped on) uses a separate battery holder for rechargeable versus standard batteries. I mostly use rechargeables and also pretty much keep it plugged in on trips when I have a plug available, such as when...
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    Scanners, Radio and other such tech inquiries

    I find my Samsung Galaxy phone's GPS works just fine. Any problems I had with it was with Google Maps presenting the GPS data. Even with downloaded maps, Google Maps seemed to have a nervous breakdown when it could not connect to the internet. The phone's GPS function itself does not use the...
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    Scanners, Radio and other such tech inquiries

    My old Radio Shack scanner is reasonably fast, but even if it were close to instantaneous, I wouldn't routinely scan all 96 AAR frequencies. I don't want to pick up yard channels, MOW channels or other railroads, particularly in busy areas where are multiple railroads and lots of activity...
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    Scanners, Radio and other such tech inquiries

    The rubber ducky antenna that comes with it will be fine to pick up crew communications from the train. Picking up the dispatcher can be iffy, but the crew will repeat back any orders, so you can get it on that end. Get the radio frequencies from On Track Online...
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    Crescent discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    That isn't limited to the Crescent, most equipment goes unwashed for months or years lately. It is Amtrak Phase VIII livery: dirt.
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    Amtrak delays 2023 H2 - 2024

    Well, I think "overload" is probably more accurate terminology. A super high voltage surge from the train power line on the low voltage "code line" certainly wouldn't do the electronics on it any good.
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    Southwest Chief route and the BNSF Southern Transcon

    Enters Transcon at Cameron west of Galesburg and stays on it to just west of Kansas City where it diverts onto a secondary line to Topeka, re-enters Transcon at Emporia, KS briefly to Ellinor, KS where it goes onto the old AT&SF "northern" Passenger Main. Regains Transcon again at Dailies, NM...
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    VIA fare versus Amtrak fare between same city pairs.

    The additional $175 seems right, lowers have always been more expensive than uppers, but the UI sounds strange (did they outsource work to Amtrak IT? 😉). Probably best if anyone wants open section berths to just call.
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    VIA fare versus Amtrak fare between same city pairs.

    Just checked out of continuing curiosity. Sleeper Plus roomettes and double bedrooms are available again for the11/4 departure, with Prestige now sold out. My guess is they added another car, since VIA is known to adjust consists to demand to an extent. There were only three sleepers on the...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Thanks, I was pretty much just curious. I agree it yields a close enough approximation to be useful, which for me is to know about where the lowest possible fare could be in order to judge the fares presented for potential trips. Like you, I doubt we'll seldom, if ever, see a lowest bucket...
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    Adirondack discussion

    All the reporting seems to be pretty fuzzy about the source of funds. Most simply say "CN and Amtrak came to an agreement". CN doubtless is receiving funds to do the work. No one seems to want to mention the funds, nor where they came from. NYS passed discretely through Amtrak somehow...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    I don't dispute your methodology for estimating unknown buckets, but how did you come up with it? Note I am kind of ignorant of statistical methodology. Thanks.
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Well, I understand @niemi24s intends the brackets to indicate an inferred price rather ones actually found. Also, the Chief and the Eagle share the same pricing structure and the Chief has more capacity (two sleepers as opposed to one). The Sunset appears to be in the same situation. I ran...
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    AGR FNBO Credit Card discussion 2023 H2 -2024

    🤔 I think Chicago is the circle in the middle.😁
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    Southwest Chief discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    Well, I cannot fault that reaction to your experience. I am sure I would feel similarly. However, I would like to find out some more details on your situation, to help flesh it out and perhaps find things that you or others could do in the future to avoid getting as completely stuck as you...
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