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    Amtrak long distance trains - Power Socket types

    FYI, blade spacing on these NEMA 5-15 plugs is 0.5 inch (12.7mm)
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Up until 9 Nov 2024 the high bucket for a Bedroom on the CL is $1141. Starting 10 Nov 2024 it rises to $1275 and seems to stay at that level for the next six months. Also on10 Nov 2024 Family Rooms are shown as sold out for the next six months. This appears to reflect a change in the consist...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    The 4 vertical rows of prices are the fares for Coach (C), Roomette (R), Bedroom (B) and Family Room (FR) for each train. There a many more Coach hares than are shown, but only the fare for an additional adult is shown. No idea why the FB is less than the B. Yes, $1021 to $3408 is the current...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    I'll make the bold assumption that you think there is a single rate for the same trip. Not so. At present, there are actually 8 different rates for the same trip and for a Bedroom the ratio between the highest and lowest rate is (for 1 adult in a Bedroom from Chicago to Portland) is $3408 ÷...
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    Hiawatha discussion

    Thanks for the "how can" explanation. When CBS was manned I always preferred it over MKE for westbound trips on the EB. Same time & distance from home, plenty of free parking and a place to sit outside and watch the freights go by when the weather was nice.
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    Hiawatha discussion

    It's important to me as MKE is my link (after a 5-6 hour drive from home) to CHI and then on to the East, Gulf and West Coasts. Don't think my Michigan congress-critters care much about this issue. Glad to see MKE still offers checked baggage for the EB to SEA and PDX, however. The station at...
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    Hiawatha discussion

    Yet another kick in the shins for the traveling public: https://wtmj.com/news/2024/05/17/amtrak-confirms-no-more-checked-baggage-on-hiawatha-train/ The Milwaukee Hiawatha joins the Boston LSL as another train with no checked baggage. What next???
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    Southwest Chief discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    Just between you, me and the lamp post, I don't think there's any way to predict the effect of an additional sleeper on fares.
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    Cardinal discussion

    You are certainly free to call and make that request, but the chances of it getting passed down to the attendant are about the square root of 0.SQUAT! :)
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    The Bedroom fare structure on the SS & SM is now $2114, 1967, 1724, 1561, and [1416]. Looks like my guess that $1967 was the high bucket was wrong. Chart will be amended in the near future. Thanks for the info but look on the bright side - that's only $67 per hour! :)
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    But wouldn't the TE/SL combination from CHI to LAX have just as much sleeper inventory as the SWC? But then, it's got only 3/7 the frequency of the SWC.
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Over the years I've found that sleeper buckets are in a rough geometric progression, or each higher bucket is some multiple of the previous one. But the ratio between two adjacent buckets is not constant and increases slightly as the values of successive buckets increase. Using the SWC/TE...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Note that the $706 low bucket was an estimate - estimated because I'd never seen one offered. FWIW, here's how I made that estimate: Divided the 6th root of 1624 ÷ 796 into 796.
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    Here's a clearer version of the latest bucket chart: What puzzles me is the 6 Roomette fares found for the CONO. Other trains have either 5 or 8 sleeper buckets. Maybe it's an error on my part or Arrow or maybe it really does have 6 sleeper buckets. Would like to know if anyone else has...
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    Long Distance Train Coach & Sleeper Fares (Buckets)

    Re-did the chart above for better clarity.
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    Empire Builder discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    One of the nifty things about driving over Stevens Pass is you can wait patiently at the pull-off at the East Portal and watch the ventilation doors open just before a train either emerges or enters. After a train clears the tunnel the doors will close and the huge ventilation fans can be heard...
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    Fare Buckets discussion 2023 Q4 - 2024

    An updated bucket chart just got posted here: https://www.amtraktrains.com/threads/long-distance-train-coach-sleeper-fares-buckets.77062/page-7 Some fares only went up $1 but most had hefty increases. Note that CL and SS fares are valid only through about 8 Nov 2024. Legibility's not the...
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    Long Distance Train Coach & Sleeper Fares (Buckets)

    Well, after two months of fiddling, here's the latest version of the chart: The legibility's not all that great, but whaddya want for nothing? :)
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    Tampa Union Station

    One way I know of to find out is to research the USGS archives for old topographical maps of that area. It has maps that date back over 100 years. Might take a while to learn how to navigate this: https://ngmdb.usgs.gov/topoview/viewer/#4/39.98/-100.06 Some areas have topo maps dating as...
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