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  1. ehbowen

    US trip [train(s) and route] from North Dakota to Kansas City - 1960s

    Perhaps that's why he remembers the Kansas City connection but not the one in Minneapolis. Just guessing, of course.
  2. ehbowen

    US trip [train(s) and route] from North Dakota to Kansas City - 1960s

    Corresponding pages from July 1968. You'll notice a precipitous drop in levels and amount of service.
  3. ehbowen

    US trip [train(s) and route] from North Dakota to Kansas City - 1960s

    You are correct. He would have taken either the Winnipeg Limited or the Dakotan. Attached are three timetable sections from the October 1966 Official Guide: (most of) the Great Northern pages; the Rock Island pages; and the Kansas City Southern pages. Enjoy.
  4. ehbowen

    US trip [train(s) and route] from North Dakota to Kansas City - 1960s

    I can (and will) give you more, but these graveyard shifts are a killer. Actually, I already do have timetables up for most of this route, just perhaps not the exact same years of your trip: Great Northern: Empire Builder or, alternatively, the Western Star. Rock Island: Twin Star Rocket...
  5. ehbowen

    In Transit, "Empire Builder" Film.

    Great film. Would like to buy the DVD or a download; guess it's not available. However, they do allow full screen, and there are screen capture programs available....
  6. ehbowen

    US trip [train(s) and route] from North Dakota to Kansas City - 1960s

    Sorry, I missed that they were going to Alexandria. Lack of sleep. But I was agreeing in a roundabout way; just saying that IF they had gone by way of Chicago then the IC would have been the obvious route south...but they didn't. Yes, the optimum route would be Grand Forks >>GN >> Minneapolis...
  7. ehbowen

    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    The first one. Have you been to Wal-Mart lately? 'Nuff said.
  8. ehbowen

    US trip [train(s) and route] from North Dakota to Kansas City - 1960s

    That looks reasonable; if they had gone via Chicago the quickest route to New Orleans would have been via Illinois Central. I've got homemade stir-fry waiting at Mom's house so I don't have any more time to spend on this, but I'll try to come back to it later.
  9. ehbowen

    Overpowered short consists

    Very true, and the passengers are much better off with one working Amtrak loco (for HEP) plus a freight rescue engine than they would be with any combination of non-HEP rescue units.
  10. ehbowen

    Overpowered short consists

    You want to see an overpowered short consist? I once saw a newspaper article from the mid-1960s in the clipping file of the Houston Public Library. It's gone, now, but it seems that back in those days when the Texas Chief still officially terminated in Galveston that the main body of the train...
  11. ehbowen

    Superliner Bedroom - Dumb question

    There are some Superliner IIs built especially for the Auto Train which have all bedrooms on the upper level (ten), but on their lower level they have roomettes and an H-room and Family Bedroom. Not sure where the attendant sleeps on these; could be one of the lower level roomettes or else in a...
  12. ehbowen

    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    Sadly, you're right. However, if things ever return to sanity (and by that I mean that Amtrak has leadership that wants to provide a service, not just minimize costs), I'd like to see the equivalent of first-class Parlor Car service as a 2+1 business class seating section in a dedicated first...
  13. ehbowen

    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    I believe that there is a company which bought out the intellectual property of the Budd company, but it would take some time to find out who holds it now and whether they have any interest (or ability!) to return to the rail car-building business.
  14. ehbowen

    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    I only had one trip on a Slumbercoach (1984), but... No, there's a cubbyhole which holds the bedding (rolled up). When the room is made up for sleeping the chair is folded down, the door of the cubby becomes a "bridge leaf" which folds down to fill up the gap, the bedding is unrolled and laid...
  15. ehbowen

    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    Okay. Then, what do you do when you board a westbound California Zephyr in Denver on a busy day in June and find out that your two purchased seats are one seat on the aisle in car 0510, and one seat by the window in car 0512. And, no, the passengers in the adjacent seats don't feel like moving...
  16. ehbowen

    Baldwin DR-12-8-1500/2 "Centipede" Specifications

    During steam days a "factor of adhesion" of 0.25, or 25%, was in common use for calculating maximum tractive effort. That was, bluntly, the highest coefficient of friction which a dry wheel on dry smooth rail could sustain. If, say, 40,000 pounds of weight was on a single powered axle then...
  17. ehbowen

    Where do the engineer and conductors go after final destination?

    "Life is like a mountain railroad, With an engineer that’s brave; We must make the run successful, From the cradle to the grave; Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels; Never falter, never quail; Keep your hand upon the throttle, And your eye upon the rail. Refrain "Blessèd Savior, Thou wilt...
  18. ehbowen

    What if the Milwaukee Road didn't de-energize the Pacific Extension

    I'm not an expert on the Milwaukee Road (I'm a much bigger Santa Fe fan), but from everything I've seen their accounting and decision making was a comedy of errors. The decision you mention was key...I don't have documentation on this, but I've heard on another forum that General Electric was...
  19. ehbowen

    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    A Bit OT (although I had just taken her family on a Houston-LA-Houston Amtrak trip; so there :p), but when my niece turned thirteen I decided that for her birthday we'd dress up and I'd take her to a really nice restaurant. I remember her looking at the menu, then asking, "What is fill-it...
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