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  1. zepherdude

    The folly of dismantling Amtrak’s National Network

    https://www.railwayage.com/passenger/the-folly-of-discarding-long-distance-passenger-trains/ I found this in Railway Age magazine. After 48 years of providing long-distance passenger train services, is Amtrak preparing to scuttle these operations and dismantle its National Network? That...
  2. zepherdude

    55 Years of Amtrak Engines

    I found this on USA Today. https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2016/11/23/amtrak-train-engine-locomotive/94274774/ Lots of pictures of head end equipment. You guys can spend hours down memory lane asking where was I when this came out! Read some clips this morning from...
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    When will People ever learn about Train Tracks.

    I found this headline on Facebook as taken from the New York Daily News................ Pregnant Texas 19-year-old woman who aspired to be model killed by train while having photos taken on tracks Nothing more need be said. She died on the way to the hospital. Rest in Peace to Both
  4. zepherdude

    Amtrak train strikes man within view of restaurants

    http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_30318471/port-costa-amtrak-train-hits-kills-man I found this snippet on Yahoo. It painted a really bad picture as I read it. I can only imagine what it is like to see something like this. I post this hoping that if one track walker or careless track...
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    Airport TSA

    I guess this post is a official Rant and Rave! I found a clip made by an ATL passenger about the length of the TSA lines. It was not about Amtrak and it had 2 four letter words, so I could not post it here. The lines went from security, down the hall, around the corner (s), down more halls...
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    Train Track Pictures

    http://news.yahoo.com/video/dangers-taking-photos-train-tracks-080734918.html This is a very sad Nightline Clip of a boy and girl friend taking pictures on a Maryland track when an Amtrak train doing 70 ended the shoot. This must be a new craze to be pictured on a train track. The Jim Availa...
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    The Gulf Sunset Limited--Coming Back Again??

    Advocates hope to restore Amtrak service lost since Katrina I found this article today while surfing around. Thought you might find it of interest. These advocates wish a study funded to restore the service. I know times have turned around for Amtrak, but what is the reason to keep beating the...
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    Joe Boardman Crying!

    I found this article, pretty good reading actually........................... http://www.nationaljournal.com/magazine/amtrak-acela-high-speed-trains-20150417
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    Auto Train Canceled Monday

    http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-05-11/news/os-auto-train-late-canceled-sanford-20140511_1_marc-magliari-amtrak-auto-train-passengers article found on the Orlando Sentinel dated May 11
  10. zepherdude

    Cool Video I have Not Seen Posted Here!

    http://blog.amtrak.com/2013/10/new-long-distance-cars-video/ Watch! New Long Distance Carsby Amtrak Oct 24, 2013 Customers traveling long distances on the East Coast can expect some big upgrades. Specifically 130 new long distance cars! Here's a sneak peek of what exactly we have in store for...
  11. zepherdude

    Amtrak Crescent Derailed

    Was watching CNN at 0300 PST and a quick mention of Amtrak leaving the tracks with 200 passengers on board. Maybe 7 cars left the tracks but still standing upright. No major injuries mentioned and buses were called to transfer passengers forward. That is all I heard and nothing mentioned on any...
  12. zepherdude

    Amtrak Is a Tax-Sucking Behemoth That Deserves to Die

    This is from The Daily Beast this morning (11-23-2013). Article I found this morning, check it out. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/11/23/amtrak-is-a-tax-sucking-behemoth-that-deserves-to-die.html
  13. zepherdude

    The Cardinal

    Everyone boasts on the Cardinal being a wonderful trip and worth the adventure. I believe its crowded, may not get a meal, no sleepers available for September and can't stay in the station all night for a 0645 departure. Is it really a slow boat to China? I would like to take it but, too many...
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    Daily Beast Article

    There is a really cool Newsweek/Daily Beast article on the CZ about 3000 miles in 4 days. Only had time to glance at it but check it out when you have time! http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/06/12/cross-country-by-train-is-the-most-charming-ride-of-a-lifetime.html
  15. zepherdude

    Southwest Chief New Route

    This is an e-mail I received from a yahoo group I subscribe to................................. Passenger Rail Oklahoma PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2012 Due to deteriorating track conditions between Newton, KS – La Junta, CO – Lamy, NM the daily Amtrak Chicago – Los...
  16. zepherdude

    Amtrak Cascades

    This article was in the Register Guard on Thursday explaining how successful the Cascades are and future growth plans. Interesting to note, plans for additional track between Eugene northward. Union Pacific has a heavy presence here with major yards not far from Eugene Amtrak Station. One...
  17. zepherdude

    Will the US Ever Be Supportive of Rail Travel?

    As I was looking at Amtrak posters and artwork, the question came to mind, will train travel ever get back to the success it once enjoyed? I don't mean the white linen and fresh flowers, but Frequencies and Expansion of services. Since I have been on this form, we have lost part of the Sunset...
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    Southwest Chief

    For Years I have been a member of a Yahoo Group called "Southwest Chief". This has been more of a coalition group for increase service from Dallas to Oklahoma City. Very political and of no interest to me. Since the mention of Amtrak budget cuts, this panel has been alive with postings about...
  19. zepherdude

    The Bella Vista

    Wow! Talk about a sighting........after 5 months of being away from Eugene Oregon and train sightings....I am back and checked out the Coast Starlight tonight bound for LAX. I am happy to report that all is well there, the engines and the Columbia Parlor Car are looking a little more raggedy...
  20. zepherdude

    Trip on the Crescent

    So, I am thinking of an extended trip from NPY to Eugene Oregon via the Crescent to the Sunset to the Coast Starlight. I have never been on the Crescent and wondering what to expect as scenery goes. I know the Sunset is very dull through Texas and the rest, some cattle, steers and other...