From THIS LINK: "On Thursday, May 14, modified Amtrak service with fewer frequencies than normal will be provided between Washington and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and New York and Boston."I've never been on an Amtrak train. I was going on my first train ride from ny penn to Washington dc this upcoming sat 5/16 with my 3 children. I bought the "saver" fare. I called Amtrak today and spoke to a very, very rude woman who said I cannot get a refund because I bought the saver fare. but if the trains are not running, how can they hold my money hostage? the woman said that the trains are running. I told her that according to the news and the mayor, no trains are running. she reiterated I bought the saver fare and asked if I read the non refundable disclosure. I replied yes I understood, but in light of this disaster and the train potentially not running, I need to cancel my hotel and tour reservations before I get a penalty.
I realize this is very unusual, but what am I supposed to do? I can't hold onto reservations (hotel/tours) if I can't get into DC, and if I cancel them but can't cancel the train, I can't go anyway because all my other stuff I would've already cancelled. anyone have any suggestions? thank you.
Again, an argument supporting an operations conductor as well as a passenger's conductor.
Amen. His name an picture are making the rounds in the FB groups, and they're slowly getting pulled down by admins that don't want to see him drug through the mud.I went to bed early last night and didnt even hear about the wreck until I gpt up this morning. My wife was on FB and saw people posting to his page they are glad he was ok and was on the train. Then around 7:30a people posted he was the engineer. Ive now been contacted by several national media outlets trying to buy pictures of him. Pathetic.
Took me almost no time to find him on FB. I'm surprised that he, or his friends/family haven't deleted/suspended the account. Maybe he did something horrible and irresponsible. Maybe he didn't. Until the facts are in, everyone should leave him alone.Amen. His name an picture are making the rounds in the FB groups, and they're slowly getting pulled down by admins that don't want to see him drug through the mud.I went to bed early last night and didnt even hear about the wreck until I gpt up this morning. My wife was on FB and saw people posting to his page they are glad he was ok and was on the train. Then around 7:30a people posted he was the engineer. Ive now been contacted by several national media outlets trying to buy pictures of him. Pathetic.
Yeah who anointed him judge and jury?And the Mayor of Philadelphia said it was "reckless." Amazing.I can't resist chiming in on the subject of the engineer's silence. As far as I can tell, the only source claiming that he is refusing to make a statement, is the Philadelphia Police Dept.
From this thread.Yes. Absolutely. Although, tilting is not particularly going to prevent tipping. The height above rail of the center of gravity of the unit would be the critical determining factor for that. The more immediate problem is how much damage is done to the track more than anything else. In an unintended event an AEM-7 with a bunch of Amfleets managed to go through the Elizabeth S-Curve at over 100mph once without derailing or tipping, but it did damage the track enough that they had to basically rebuild the track. The lack of derailment for partially credited to the stability of track on concrete ties. Also it was not a pleasant experience for the folks on the train. The conductor described the experience starting with something like "After I had picked myself off the floor and managed to hit the emergency brakes .... ", so you can imagine. The net result is that now all trains get a approach medium as it approaches the S-curve.