Search results

Help Support Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum:

  1. B

    Actual Size of Acela First Overhead 25" Spinner

    The bins on the Acela are larger then any I’ve seen on an aircraft. Even oversized luggage shouldn’t be a problem.
  2. B

    Actual Size of Acela First Overhead 25" Spinner

    My oversized flight crew luggage works roll aboard fit no problem. The lockers on the Acela are very large.
  3. B

    Amtrak Asks Two People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride (NPR 1/17/20)

    This isn’t true. I’ve had 85 wheelchairs passengers on a West Palm Beach to Boston flight during “migration” season. Now, there’s no way the flight will be on time, especially if you have a significant amount of aisle chair passengers on board, but no we don’t have a limit.
  4. B

    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    The XLR is going to be revolutionary for trans Atlantic travel. After that I’m guessing Airbus will fund the development of the a321+... I rewinged a321 with laminar flow and extended wingspan with folding wingtips to allow access to current icao group 3 gates.
  5. B

    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    All the tooling for the 757 was destroyed years ago. Building a 757NG would basically require a new ground up effort, and if you do that then just go ahead and fund the NSA. Also, no engine is currently available in the 757s required thrust rating.
  6. B

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    I’ve ridden the Stadler Flirt over in Switzerland. It was nice but the seating was a bit odd at different levels depending on your position in the car. I think at least it was the flirt. Cool cool train... narrow gauge and a cog capability to climb the steep mountain passes between Lucern and...
  7. B

    San Jose CA hotels.

    Our crew hotel is the Fairmont. Its very nice and looks to be fairly reasonably priced. The breakfast is great.
  8. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    Why not? Ironically my best friend in the world is the same way. His sister in law just announced she’s getting married... in California. We’re in Connecticut. His phobia of flying is so great that he’s going to likely take Amtrak or drive. Heck, I’ve given him opportunities to even occupy...
  9. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    I don’t often upgrade to buisness on Amtrak because I’m usually on sub 2 hour trains. Where I have and always do is in Europe. The buisness class upgrades on OBB, Bahn, and Trenitalia is night and day. Far less crowded, far more space, and a very reasonable up-charge.
  10. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    The point I was making is the money aspect. Comparing a $200 basic economy fare to a roomette or bedroom which can be more then a thousand dollars isn’t apples to apples. If you are willing to pay for the roomette why not splurge on a first class ticket which usually affords you amenities like...
  11. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    Absolutely. A very valid response. Another.... I hate to fly, another valid response. I'm afraid of heights. Valid. I love to see the country. Valid. My entire point of entering this thread was the non valid responses that were down right mis-information. I ride trains because planes burn 10...
  12. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    That makes sense. The thread though is why trains over planes over long distances. We agree trains make sense over short distances, And I’ll agree that those trains serve corridors. They exist and are a transportation option.
  13. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    That’s not typical. A transit via SLC wouldn’t have been too far out of the way and is available.
  14. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    I think it depends on where you live and where you fly to or take the rail road to. Yes hubs exist to transit passengers, they exist all over and are generally not that far out of the way. If you live on a rural stop on say the California Zephyr where you only transit between that stop and San...
  15. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    Boutique was a poor choice of words, niche I think conveys better what I meant.
  16. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    If you want to have a conversation then let’s have a conversation, the whole “shut up and listen” but gets old. Amtrak vs “puddle jumpers”. I don’t know how many times I have to agree with people that Amtrak is far more efficient on short sub 400 miles journeys, so in case you haven’t heard...
  17. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    I did. Read the post above. I compared an a321CEO and an A321NEO to a genesis and a Sprinter. I also agree that half the battle is the hugely overweight cars, and lets be honest, the buy America stuff isn’t helping because even if you want a foreign off the shelf design, the manufacturer now has...
  18. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    They are actual release burn. I was able to pull up a release on a random day and look at the burn number. Today’s modern software combined with computer modeled winds is shockingly accurate. Burn and EFOB (estimated fuel on board destination) are usually modeled within 2-300 lbs. The NEOs...
  19. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    Airlines, more specifically passengers, pay a LOT of taxes and fees that pay for airport access, security, etc. Airlines pay for the airport improvements made via landing fees and leases for facilities. Airlines are the most taxed form of transport in the United States, I don’t know that they...
  20. B

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    Its never been debated trains win on Ton Miles. A super liner car weighs 150-180k pounds...... MGTOW of an A321 is 206,000lbs. Passengers cars, especially super liners are very very heavy, likely way too heavy, hence I said a fuel problem is the weight of the carriages, not just the age of the...
Group Builder
Top