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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    The Green New Deal doesn't mesh with reinstating Amtrak trains at its level pre-C19. It's also never going to pass in present form. But it does provide a convenient talking point for people so inclined.
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    In Transit, "Empire Builder" Film.

    I focused on the film, not who bankrolled it or had a hand in its production. The two logos at the bottom were bothersome visually, but by expanding the film to full screen they disappeared. FYI, Al Jazeera eminates from Qatar, a US ally. Al Jazeera America is a network born to compete with...
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    In Transit, "Empire Builder" Film.

    I'm glad I got to watch this film. It speaks to the complex human condition, a spirit that strives to grow in both good and bad times, and leaves the viewer with a somewhat hopeful outlook. It also demonstrates the magic of a long distance train -- something we should hope prospers into the next...
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    #21/#22 (3/25) In Service Disruption in ARK

    Not so easy. It's about more than washing hands. You could have travel mates sneezing and coughing for the entire trip. Those droplets stay in the air for hours. In an enclosed environment like a train, everyone is at risk. What are the odds none of them are infected? For that matter, any one of...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    For those optimists who think Amtrak or anything else is on the verge of getting back to "normal," dream on. Because we got such a late start dealing with C-19 in this country, we should not expect this to magically end on Easter, end of April, or anytime really until late summer at earliest...
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    Auto train derailment south of Deland 3/26

    It's why a Public Option in the USA is needed.
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    Auto train derailment south of Deland 3/26

    There were TWO freight derailments on the Horseshoe Curve west of Altoona PA last year. In both cases there were multiple empty car haulers (in this case open, not closed like the AutoTrain's) near the front of the consist. These were followed by a long, heavy contingent of mostly full boxcars...
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    Are California LD Trains in Limbo?

    Another state that has instituted more severe measures, Pennsylvania, no longer has Keystone service Philadelphia-Harrisburg, nor the Pennsylvanian west to Pittsburgh. I realize Pennsylvania dollars help support these trains. Is that why and how the Commonwealth can shut them down? And how...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    With that caveat, I agree!
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    Favorite snacks to bring onboard

    I like "PackIt Gourmet" pouches. These are intended as backpacking snacks, breakfasts, lunches, dinners for using during a "wilderness" adventure. Some require cold water, others boiling hot water which should be doable on a train. Just open the pouch, pour in water, mix it all up by squeezing...
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    Amtrak axle count discussion

    I've often wondered the same (about danger due to signal issues) when I've seen solo rail diesel cars operating in Canada, or a single locomotive deadheading through my hometown in Virginia. There must be a reasonable answer, but what I've described doesn't jive with the reasoning behind a...
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    "Just riding Amtrak around" doesn't seem like a great idea right now, unless for essential travel. You not only have to be concerned about yourself but everyone else. What if you've contracted the virus, but show no symptoms yet? You could be unintentionally passing it to others...
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    VIA tipping

    People are less likely to tip at restaurants where you go up to a counter to order, and walk away with food and drinks a couple minutes later. I don't know why. An obvious exception, only for some, is the lounge car on a train.
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    How and when does Amtrak decide to add cars to a route?

    The first question would probably be: Where would Amtrak find those extra cars, especially on short notice. There are a few at critical locations, but they are primarily intended to use when needed to replace a bad-ordered car, protect an extremely late train so the next day's train can leave on...
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    King Street Station (Seattle)

    To be fair, Seattle had a lack of affordable housing, especially in the center city, pre-Amazon. But Amazon, its supply chain and technology partners, have definitely made it worse.
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    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    Who knows what may change now? In the Glass Half Full Dept., Flynn's freight rail experience might give him significant insight into how freight and pax rail could co-exist better -- potentially improving OTP. In the Glass Half Empty Dept., this might just be a further nail in the coffin for...
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    Packing question

    You have far more experience testing gear than I do, at least as it regards pillows. But I found an inflatable pillow that works for me on the second try, and it's never leaked. Probably 60+ nights in the backcountry (tenting) and several nights on trains with the current pillow. I empathize...
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    King Street Station (Seattle)

    Unfortunately, this once near-perfect Pacific Northwest jewel has turned into an overcrowded cesspool. Too much development, lack of affordable housing, few places for anyone in the lower rungs of society to work, live, take a shower, use a bathroom, or sleep. San Francisco, meet your...
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    People will steal your stuff on amtrak right in front of you.

    I've got to see this 16 foot machete. How does someone maneuver such a monster onto a train? Could the OP post a photo of this? Or even a hand drawn example? No doubt there are some criminals among the 32 million-plus Amtrak pax per year but I'm thinking this is not credible.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    Well, I have an extensive (and expensive) Canadian trip lined up for early September. Not cancelling yet, wait and see, but if there isn't some really good news I'll likely postpone until 2021 or later. All this talk of recirculating air, wiping down everything constantly, running from...
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