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    Current protests: racial discrimination (& dining cars)

    Good memory. Yes, interstate:: U.S. Supreme Court Henderson v. United States, 339 U.S. 816 (1950) Henderson v. United States No. 25 Argued April 3, 1950 Decided June 5, 1950 339 U.S. 816 Syllabus Under the rules of an interstate railroad, dining cars are divided so as to allot ten tables...
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    Current protests: racial discrimination (& dining cars)

    Detroit Free Press June 5, 2020: This date (1950):"The U.S. Supreme Court, in Henderson v. United States, struck down racially segregated railroad dining cars."
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Chalk up another probable victim to COVID-19: Writing in the Detroit News on 4/30/'20, Daniel Howes asserts that barely begun restoration of Mich. Central Depot is "doomed" due to the effect of the pandemic on Ford Motor Co.'s finances despite a ranking source's insistence this is not the case.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    More info. Dated Mar. 13, '20: TRAIN #15 CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) [From Via Rail] This is Via Rail Haiifax to Montreal. Oddly to me, no notice to date of Mont to Hal cancellation. (I'd previously cancelled all Via Rail travel.)
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    King Street Station (Seattle)

    On one of my extended layovers last year I explored the 2nd & 3rd floors and enjoyed a fascinating series of displays sponsored by something like a Seattle cultural authority in which Western Canadian indigenous peoples had representations of aspects of their cultures. As I recall, the program...
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    King Street Station (Seattle)

    Seattle’s King Street Station has to rank very near (if not at) the bottom of Amtrak terminus stations. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to avoid due to its status as a link to the Empire Builder and Coast Starlight. For starters, it has nothing approaching a Metro Lounge. I have yet to see...
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    Increased Security Presence on Trains

    A few days ago, a male with "Border Patrol" or some such on his uniform walked by me in the SS Lounge and asked if I was a US citizen. I was in the middle of concentrating on something when he appeared and managed a "huh huh." This filled the bill. Seemed to be the same uniform as seen on...
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    Amtrak Cascades, Maple Leaf, Adirondack & Via Shutdown

    Any news on Amtrak Cascades (Vancouver<->Portland) in light of Via's virtual shutdown? Conflicting reports from Via vs. Amtrak agents. Currently, have Tr 517 reservation (Monday, Feb. 17 Van to Sea) in hopes of using EB east as alternative to Via's Canadian. Simply do not want to air it.
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    Silver Star Diner

    Tried all four. Agree on the beef but others were ok.
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    Silver Star Diner

    Just exposed to new dining round trip from Chicago (Cap Limited) to Ft. Lauderdale (Silver Star & S Meteor). Was skeptical after several years of long-distance Amtrak travel. I found the arrangement most relaxing and enjoyable. I find no problem with prearranged meal times, forced...
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    Train 14 and Semi

    As rickb notes, the fact that it was a (flatbed) p-p service vehicle is not very important. What is important is the entire content of rickb's report seems to be an accurate report of the episode. By this I am referring to how someone miles away in SAC apparently had access to considerably more...
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    Train 14 and Semi

    One passenger reported injured in some way. Finally back on the way around 5 am PT.
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    Train 14 and Semi

    Train 14 (Coast Starlight) not able to move since striking a semi (we have been told) around 6:45 pm that was in its path at a crossing. Emergency stop was interesting to say the least. Replacement front engine needed, again so we have been told. Train was just beginning to depart from...
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    Elderly lady kicked off Eagle.

    I have not seen reference to following AP article on this thread's topic: "In 'lawless' world of service dogs many families suffer" [search for this string reveals the article]
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    Canadian peak vs off-peak pricing and Corridor connections...

    Noticed you are in AA.  I'm in Lodi Twp/Saline.  So, it is convenient to get back-and-forth between CHI, right?   I pretty much took the route you mentioned in the first line above but in the opposite direction. This entailed the CHi-to-TOR route with an overnight in TOR.  This was about 1.5 yr...
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    Canadian peak vs off-peak pricing and Corridor connections...

     "I can start on the Wolverine and end across the border in Windsor on a VIA Corridor route." Via Corridors are impressive but---If it were only that simple.  I am virtually on The Wolverine tracks, and, unfortunately, getting to Windsor seems to very quite trying.   Tunnel bus, taxi, or the...
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    Host Railroad Report Card & FAQ

    This am (2/25), I posted  a report of two incidents this weekend involving 4 deaths in different locations on the same tracks in Michigan (The Wolverine).  Somehow, the text ended up linked to the present heading.  ??
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    Trespassers in MI--Bad weekend

    At Royal Oak, MI after 1:00 AM Sat. Feb. 23.   Train 354 EB to Pontiac  Departed Chicago 5:50 PM OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI – Three people were killed Sunday, Feb. 24, when their car was struck by an Amtrak train west of Kalamazoo.  Train 355 Dep. Pontiac 5:35 Feb. 24
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    Host Railroad Report Card & FAQ

    Examination of  Host Railroad Report Card & FAQ will help some understand what's behind a lot of late trains--host railroads whose tracks Amtrak has to use.  Host RRs are not always the cause of delays but how they run their business seems to weigh heavily on Amtrak's performance.  I...
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    An unusual passenger encounter

    Often thought of regretting not keeping some sort of record of the interesting stories fellow travelers have told at the community dining.  By and large very nice humans with varied experiences in professions, family, travel, sports, criminality and so.  Often makes me feel that I've lived a...
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