- Aug 24, 2003
Good thing your trip was not on yesterday (12/19) Starlight. It apparently had a rather eventful journey.
I had that painting in my room at the Embassy Suites Seattle last year! I really like it.The ride for the rest of the evening was uneventful. I scrolled through my phone for much of it, while also noting the speed and listening to the horn. I also went on the chehalis railcam when we passed, which was nice. About an 90 minutes before arrival into Seattle the attendant (Maria is her name) gave us some roses, nice touch. When we went over the site of the 2017 Cascades derailment I looked out, not much to see but a lot to remember. I also looked out when we passed Boeing field, I was surprised to see how tall we were when compared to the aircraft. Tomorrow I’m looking forward to seeing it in daylight. About 30 minutes prior to arrival we packed up our things, and enjoyed the speedy ride through the Seattle Metropolitan area. Being a railfan, my eyes naturally looked at the Amtrak and Sounder yards, which are always cool to see. When we pulled into the station I saw the two remaining Talgo sets, they are beautiful. It’s a shame they’re gonna be gone so quick. We arrived just before 9PM, and we disembarked fairly quickly. Seattle King Street Station has such a beautiful interior. We walked to the nearby Hilton and checked in. I can hear the trains from the room which is great. Now I am going to sleep, tomorrow morning I hope to take a very quick ride on the streetcar and see Seattle Union Station. Thanks for reading part one, I see y’all tomorrow.
the last picture is in the hotel room, neat feather. The TV also has Amtrak departures, although they are outdated.
I see it’s running two hours late, which we were also running 2 hours late. What happened?Good thing your return trip was not on yesterday (12/19) Starlight. It apparently had a rather eventful journey.
OK, there is a definite number of seats on a train. How the H does Amtrak oversell?While racing through the valley the conductor came on and announced that passengers will have to vacate the SSL because it will be used for passengers seats for those boarding at Eugene, apparently we are oversold.
On the NEC that’s probably due to pax with multi-ride tickets. I’m not sure, but I don’t think they need a reservation.
It was not an insignificant event at magnitude 6.2. Its epicenter was offshore near the so called Mendocino Triple Junction, for those geologically minded.You may have stopped in CA due to an earthquake in northern CA. If so, then UP probably is checking the tracks for damage.
Thank you for sharing with us... a great way to see how things are going... will you be in business class or coach?Hello! Currently at LA Union waiting for 14 to pull in. Will begin the trip report once on the train. Feel free to tune in, I will be posting along the way.
Huh. Why do airplane parts need to be autoclaved, asked the biomedical person.Yep. They will head out to the Renton plant where 737s are assembled.
I noticed that the 779 has its wings folded up. I saw the early ones being assembled when I last visited the Everett plant, and the Carbon Fiber wing spars being laid out on mandrels for cooking in the autoclaves.
The food looks good! The chef can make a super big difference... as can your attendant if you have it served in your room. I've experienced really great service on most trains... when it's good its fantastic.I was able to see the railfan as we sped by, it’s always cool to see and interact with local railfans. When we came into Eugene I stepped out quickly, I contemplated whether or not I should get a picture of the engines but I got a text saying dinner had arrived and decided to board. Dinner was good, we both got the steak again and my partner got the tamale (again) while I got the salad. They rated the tamale an eight out of ten: We saved our desserts for later. As we departed Eugene the railfan filmed us and I waved. When I went to return the steak knives to the diner I saw that flowers weren’t on the tables, not sure why. By this time it was too dark to see anything outside, and there were multiple people without seats in business class so we went back to our seats, turned on a show (Air Crash Investigation), and relaxed. During this time a small chihuahua walked down the aisle while it’s owner was asleep, which caught the attention by a few passengers, myself included. It was returned by a fellow passenger, I don’t know about some but I didn’t mind it, it was adorable. Right before chemult I went downstairs and peaked through the window to see if there was snow, and there was. I was about to go back up when the conductor and attendant came down, he opened the door as we were slowing down and I saw the snowy landscape. He and the attendant were talking, apparently the dining car had been having issues all day with the AC and other things. And one of the dining car staff was pouring orange juice out of the diner (before we reached the platform of course), kind of funny and worth noting IMO. Another thing worth noting is that one passenger was getting off and two were getting on, one headed to Sacramento and one headed to Salinas. Once the hallway cleared out I went back to my seat, snapped a picture of the outside, snd went back to my show. We decided to eat our dessert not too much later, and enjoyed the carrot cake and chocolate torte, although the latter is a bit too rich for my taste while the former is wonderful. Soon we were arriving into Klamath Falls a few minutes early, and we decided to pack up the computer and clean up the seat before arrival. When we did arrive I went up to the engines for a picture, then walked the length of the train. Also peaked inside the small depot. It was in the high thirties so I was cold, but not freezing. After that I chatted with our attendant and the chef loaded the diner with water. The station staff also collected trash bags. Soon we departed, and we got ready for “bed.” Currently we’re stopped in Dorris, CA for whatever reason. I’m hoping to wake up prior to Sacramento to step out. Other than that, goodnight.
Indeed. Quoting from a large document on carbon fiber part manufacturing:It's a baking process, I believe to set the carbon fiber resin. It is not a sterilization process.
The fibers are woven into sheets with the necessary orientations, needed by the manufacturer. To make carbon fiber parts, first a mold must be made of the desired part. The carbon fiber sheet is flattened along the mold and applied resin. The carbon fiber is then heated to harden it in the shape of the mold. Finally the mold is removed and the carbon fiber piece is ready.
Like in White Christmas. After Danny gives his & Bing's tickets to Rosemary & Vera-Ellen, the boys board the overnight train from Florida without tickets, and the conductor says: "This train is completely sold out, but if you'd like, you can purchase coach tickets and sit up all night in the lounge."
But do all crews allow them to sit in the cafe dining section? Some I've encountered have been brash and rude... wondering if some of the 'not so nice' crews make people stand when all the seats are taken???
Have you had a crew on the NEC that did not let you sit in the Cafe when no seats were available? In my many dozen trips from Metropark, a place from where one often could not find a seat, I have never had that happen to me when I went too the cafe for a seat.But do all crews allow them to sit in the cafe dining section? Some I've encountered have been brash and rude... wondering if some of the 'not so nice' crews make people stand when all the seats are taken???
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