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    Boston, MA

    If you only have a day and want to see the historic sites, I would suggest walking the Freedom Trail. It's about 2.5 miles from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument and goes by all of the places you read about in the history books. From South Station, take the Red Line to Park St., and...
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    Maine March Madness 2020 with an Acela First Class Food report

    March 9 Woke up early. It was 30 degrees, the snow was crusty, the driveway was icy. We made breakfast, packed up, and cleaned up, except, whoops, we forgot to empty the fridge, and a few other minor things, so the airbnb host eventually ended up charging us $25 for additional cleaning. Mea...
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    I don't think this project is being paid out of ticket revenues, so this brief partial shutdown is not really relevant to the funding of the project.
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    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    I agree, although for (1) the problem with the space between the wall and the seat is most noticeable on the single seats. Also, in general, I've found that the back support for all the "renewed" Amfleet seats (Am 1 & 2, coach and Business) is not as good as it was in the previous (blue fabric)...
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    Silver Meteor to terminate at Jacksonville in 3/29

    Looks like a lot of "security theater" to me. Are there enough state troopers to patrol the entire state line? It looks like if someone wants to enter Florida without bothering to check in, all they have to do is drive over to Folkston and select any number of country roads that will allow...
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    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    There's a way to have cheap, lie-flat accommodations by packing more people into a sleeper. It's used all over the world and called a "couchette." I rode in one in Japan once. In less than the space of an Amtrak Bedroom, you have a long bench seat that turn into a triple decker bunk at night...
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    Maine March Madness 2020 with an Acela First Class Food report

    March 5-9 I got up early, and instead of a big breakfast, I headed over to the downtown outlet of Mister Bagel. A full bagel, lox, and cream cheese sandwich for $7.99. A sandwich like that would cost you $10-$12 in New York or Baltimore. And the bagels were just as good as anything you can...
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    Maine March Madness 2020 with an Acela First Class Food report

    For those who want more info on the Clam Box, here's its webpage: http://www.clamboxipswich.com/ I'll eventually have a few more train pictures as my account of the trip progresses.
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    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    Ahem, as a newly minted "senior citizen," I wouldn't call something 50 years old the "ancient." :) And sometimes the older designs are better quality. I definitely prefer 50 year old Amfleet seats to the modern space-saving backbreakers they've installed in today's airliners.
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    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    However, the majority of passengers on Amtrak overnight trains DO ride in coach, so I'm not sure what history is being cited here. In fact, the majority of overnight airline passengers also do not reject non-private sleeping accommodations. That may be true for some passengers, but not...
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    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    Also, when you look at the RPA numbers, it appears that long-distance business class yields about as much revenue per mile as the sleepers do, and that both yield much more than coach. It is clearly in Amtrak's financial benefit to increase the premium service offerings.
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    Please Mr. Anderson (sleeping suites in coach?)

    Actually, the current 2+1 business class isn't so bad. I've used it for overnight runs on 67, and I was able to sleep OK. The seat pitch is more than adequate. (The biggest benefit, compared to the alternative Amfleet 1 coach is the window curtain, though.) When I rode the Cardinal last...
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    Pre-Amtrak Experience: The NEC 1960-1971

    OK, they didn't call it the NEC back then, it was the Pennsylvania Railroad (the Penn Central during the last years), service between Washington - Philadelphia -- New York. They ran trains roughly every 2 hours between Washington and New York, hourly trains ("Clockers") between Philadelphia and...
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    Maine March Madness 2020 with an Acela First Class Food report

    The self transfer between South Station and North Station is too much of a pain for all of the luggage I had. Getting a car in Boston gets me to Portland faster than futzing around with connections to the Downeaster. Also, I couldn't have lunch at the Clam Box if I took the Downeaster. Works...
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    Actually, Yugoslavia was not a member of the Warsaw Pact, and after 1948 it did not consider itself part of the "Soviet Bloc." It was communist, but Tito's version of Communism. Thus, you really can't consider it part of the "Soviet Bloc." Fun fact: Every country outside of Russia that used...
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    I don't think the Russians had much to do with the Yugo, or even communist Yugoslavia. For those who don't remember the Cold War, look up "Tito." (as in Josip Broz, not the vodka brand made in Texas.)
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    Maine March Madness 2020 with an Acela First Class Food report

    Indian Pudding is made with milk, cornmeal, molasses, butter, and some spices (ginger and cinnamon in the recipe I use.) Boil the milk and cornmeal until it gets thick, add the other stuff, mix and bake for an hour and a half. It's called "Indian" pudding, because it's made with corn ("maize"...
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    Could Transmashholding expand to North America?

    I took a year of Russian in college (40 years ago), but I don't remember much other than the Cyrillic alphabet and stuff like "Comrade Volkov works at a collective farm," and "Ya nichevo nye znayoo" ("I don't know anything.")
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    Restore Passenger Service to Southern Montana?

    Actually, I think Boston is the most "European" city in the US. Lots of twisty narrow streets, old buildings, plus they already have downtown train stations, lots of intercity and commuter rail, as well as rail rapid transit. Only a crazy person would want to drive in downtown Boston. I...
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    Maine March Madness 2020 with an Acela First Class Food report

    I managed to squeeze in my annual cross-country ski trip just before everything shut down for the pandemic. Actually, I didn't do any skiing because the snow was crusty, icy, and generally beyond my current skill and comfort level, but I did snowshoe and some snow hiking wearing spikes on my...
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