Conductors are usually not cross qualified at Amtrak. Freight it's very common. But in Passenger Service it's one or the other normally. Engineers can keep Conductor qualifications normally.Well if the conductor is a qualified engineer then relief otherwise hope for a stop signal somewhere ?
Curious about the “phone charging kits for sale”...I don’t think they will charge you, just to plug in your phone, (they don’t currently), and all phones come with charging cords....so are they just hoping to sell to those that forgot to bring them?According to a a press release issued today, the nonstop train will have "complimentary coffee, tea water, and a light snack, “at seat” cashless cart service offering a limited menu of snacks and beverages and onboard phone charging kits for sale" on top of the standard Acela soft product.
To an extent I agree. NS is so picky with claims that they approve. I put in for a "UA" Used of Assignment claim several times during my time there. Basically you get a second days pay for taking a second train. They would always deny it, and I would fight tooth and nail to get them to pay it.Railroaders, like Teachers, are Underpaid for what they do!
Yeah, and remember, they had plans for applying the "Acela Commuter" moniker to the Clockers and perhaps the Keystones. Of course then someone realized that dilution of the Acela brand was downright stupid, so all that fell by the wayside, and it was basically Acela and NE Regional.Looks like the ‘Express’ branding has started to be removed, likely to avoid confusion with the nonstops. Acelas are now simply “Acela” or “Acela Nonstop”. Gone is “Acela Express”, which I believe has been used back since the days of “Acela Regional”.
How was the PAX load?So, I am stating this for posterity: Regardless of what ASMAD says, we were one minute behind leaving NYP (we started moving at 0636) and we were a minute earlier into WAS than it indicates (we arrived at 0906, not 0907). Both were with my phone and there was no recalibration. We did the run in 2:30 flat, and that was even being stuck behind the Acela in front of us (which we could have, had the tracks been available, overtaken...but I think we basically caught up to them at the Bush River outside of Baltimore)
Per talking with Jim Mathews, about 180 revenue pax plus a handful of Amtrak management, press, etc. It wasn't slam full, but it was definitely enough to justify running the service. Also, the vast majority seem to have been business travelers...so I'd guess that you're looking at a 50% "regular" load  accounting for that. Given the Acela's normal cost recovery numbers and load factors, I think it is fair to say that the new service is "in the black" from day one.How was the PAX load?
You were no were near 2103. I'm not sure what makes you think you could have overtaken it without holding it for 10 minutes. The closest you got to 2103 is when you were next to it In WAS. OWe did the run in 2:30 flat, and that was even being stuck behind the Acela in front of us (which we could have, had the tracks been available, overtaken...but I think we basically caught up to them at the Bush River outside of Baltimore)
It seems like the NYP departure is busier in the early part of the week while the WAS departure is busier in the later part of the week, which is natural. The WAS is going to be the heavy hitter and it should open up seats on 2172, a notoriously busy train. If they could have put it between 2170 and 2172, it be killerHow was the PAX load?
To me that seems normal. Heavier travel from NYP on a Monday.It seems like the NYP departure is busier in the early part of the week while the WAS departure is busier in the later part of the week, which is natural. The WAS is going to be the heavy hitter and it should open up seats on 2172, a notoriously busy train. If they could have put it between 2170 and 2172, it be killer
2170 and 2172 operate to BOS. You also free up additional space for travel to BOS, which would help. Even the 4:30 departure is pulling people fro, 2172 as it gives them another half hour but doesn't arrive too much later than 2172.But I do agree, push that up an hour to 3:30 on Friday's and you'd take a decent load from 2170 and 2172 and put that onto 2402. Which frees up seats between WAS and NYP for intermediate travel, especially the PHL-NYP pax. IIRC the last time they tried something similar to a non stop service it only stopped at PHL and that left WAS around 5 of 4. Which was still a decent slot, but I think 330 would have been much better.
Doesn't that defeat the purpose?(3) As a data point, I checked next Friday and 2402 is showing a higher price than either 2172 or 2122.