Jump to content




Photo

Movies on the Coast Starlight Pacific Parlour Car


  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 Henry Kisor

Henry Kisor

    Lead Service Attendant

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 177 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:11 AM

I understand from older posts on other forums that movies were shown to kiddies at 3 pm and to adults at 8pm in the Pacific Parlour Cars lower-level "theater". Still happening?
Author of Zephyr: Tracking a Dream Across America, now available as Kindle and Nook ebooks.

#2 Guest_guest_*

Guest_guest_*
  • Guests

Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:37 AM

Yes, with some technical glitches...they're switching back to DVDs instead of the satellite feed, so once complete, they'll be more reliable (subject to the LSA knowing how to use a DVD player)...actually, they should all be converted back by now...

#3 rrdude

rrdude

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,677 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:No AGR Status anymore... Baltimore, MD Area
  • Interests:I like riding trains, in First Class, Sleeper, or Coach. (If just a short jaunt) I expect courteous service, equipment that works, arriving close to "on time", & clean windows. Is that too much to ask for?

Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:39 AM

I understand from older posts on other forums that movies were shown to kiddies at 3 pm and to adults at 8pm in the Pacific Parlour Cars lower-level "theater". Still happening?

Can only say that in January of this year, (20th ??) they still were.....




#4 Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,624 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Sixth Stop
  • Interests:Travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:44 AM

On my last trip (July) the movies were exclusively for kids and were often out of commission anyway. Not a big surprise since they apparently use the same technology as the completely useless PPC wifi. At least according to the OBS.

What is the purpose of a rhetorical question?


#5 Trainmans daughter

Trainmans daughter

    Conductor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 967 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Paradise, CA.

Posted 27 February 2012 - 11:47 AM

When the system works, they still show them. Usually a Disney-type movie during the wine/cheese tasting, and a family-appropriate movie in the evening.

#6 OlympianHiawatha

OlympianHiawatha

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,026 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Norman, OK

Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:16 PM

When they do cut back to DVD, they need to stock in some venue appropriate moves such as Union Pacific, Cassandra Crossing, Silver Streak, North by Northwest and Harvey Girls :)

#7 Montanan

Montanan

    Conductor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 543 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bozeman, Montana

Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:20 PM

The big crash scene at the end of Silver Streak would be a real hit with the passengers. :)

And then for the second feature, they could show Runaway Train!

#8 Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,624 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Sixth Stop
  • Interests:Travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:38 PM

The big crash scene at the end of Silver Streak would be a real hit with the passengers. And then for the second feature, they could show Runaway Train!

I love it! Maybe we need a train version of Airplane! with folks watching a series of train crashes before having their very own crash?

What is the purpose of a rhetorical question?


#9 Swadian Hardcore

Swadian Hardcore

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,391 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Halmar, EOS 1M8P
  • Interests:Transportation, politics, history, business, video games, weapons, machinery, and military tactics.

Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:17 PM

When they do cut back to DVD, they need to stock in some venue appropriate moves such as Union Pacific, Cassandra Crossing, Silver Streak, North by Northwest and Harvey Girls :)


What happens in Cassandra Crossing?

The big crash scene at the end of Silver Streak would be a real hit with the passengers. :)

And then for the second feature, they could show Runaway Train!


But woudn't that make passegers fell unsafe on the train?

MCI 102DL3 SUPERFAN
DEPLORABLE BIGOT
PROUD HATER OF THE D4505, TD925, AND T2145
MCI 102DL3WC INTERCITY MOTORCOACH SUPREMACY Professional Drivers Commited to Safety 1-800-SAFE-BUS SEATING CAPACITY: 50 PASSENGERS PT70414
TAKE IT EASY  TAKE THE GREYHOUND
OPERATOR: GREYHOUND CANADA TRANSPORTATION CORP. CAGARY, AB NSC-000026177, FHA-MC-304126 TARE 15,000 KGS GVW 20,140 KGS
YOU'RE THE ONE WHO'S INTOLERANT, MR. SUB-STANDARD!


#10 Montanan

Montanan

    Conductor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 543 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bozeman, Montana

Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:30 PM


The big crash scene at the end of Silver Streak would be a real hit with the passengers. :)

And then for the second feature, they could show Runaway Train!


But woudn't that make passegers fell unsafe on the train?


I was being facetious ... hence the smily face. :rolleyes:

But if you don't think that Silver Streak is a very good idea, maybe we could pull that one and replace it with, say, The Great Train Robbery? :)

Or perhaps, Murder on the Orient Express. :)

#11 Railroad Bill

Railroad Bill

    Engineer

  • Global Moderators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,805 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Northern Ohio
  • Interests:Golf, Historical and Genealogical research, Travel, Model Railroading. Lions Club & Anything Dealing With Trains

Posted 27 February 2012 - 02:43 PM

Or perhaps "Strangers on a Train" :giggle:

That might creep out some of the passengers as well :lol:

Amtrak Trains Ridden So Far:
Lake Shore Ltd, Capitol Ltd, Pennsylvanian, NE Corridors, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Hoosier, SW Chief, Surfliners, California Capitol Corridors, Coast Starlight, Cascades. Texas Eagle, San Joaquins, Missouri River Runner,Cardinal, Downeaster, Silver Meteor, Keystones, Auto Train, Adirondack, Lincoln Service, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Texas Eagle Detour Rt, 2013 Autumn Express Tour PHL, Silver Star, Sunset Limited -Acela Express-  2015 Autumn Express ALB  - Empire Service      80,129 Amtrak miles & counting     
Via Rail Corridor Trains Cobourg-Ottawa-Montreal,(round trip)  The Ocean (round trip)--   2,250 miles


#12 Montanan

Montanan

    Conductor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 543 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bozeman, Montana

Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:01 PM

Or some old Addams Family episodes:


http://youtu.be/iLroIZCgRy4

:)

#13 Texan Eagle

Texan Eagle

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,657 posts

Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

Or Denzel Washington's Unstoppable. The thought of a runaway freight train charging towards you is super exciting, isn't it? :D

I have also fancied the idea that some airline should be bold enough and add episodes of National Geographic's Air Crash Investigation in the seatback TV entertainment options on long-haul flights Posted Image





#14 Devil's Advocate

Devil's Advocate

    Engineer

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,624 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:The Sixth Stop
  • Interests:Travel by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:22 PM

Or Denzel Washington's Unstoppable. The thought of a runaway freight train charging towards you is super exciting, isn't it? I have also fancied the idea that some airline should be bold enough and add episodes of National Geographic's Air Crash Investigation in the seatback TV entertainment options on long-haul flights.

If you're going to have Unstoppable you might as well pair it with Unbreakable. As for the airline entertainment, I don't mind that they don't feature airplane crashes on airplanes. Seems reasonable enough to me. What does annoy me is all the censorship they employ to make every single movie OK for the kids. Well, except for all the horrific violence of course. I can't tell you how many scenes have ceased to make any sense after someone "fixed" what was never broken in the first place just so the airlines wouldn't have to do any explaining. Normally you could just take your own movies, but if you're flying economy chances are your seat wont have a power plug and even those that do will often require a converter of some sort to make use of it. And not every converter will work with every airline. So in general you'll get enough time for one or maybe two movies if they're short, and then you'll be stuck with the kiddie films and butchered mature stuff.

What is the purpose of a rhetorical question?


#15 AmtrakBlue

AmtrakBlue

    Engineer

  • Gathering Committee Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,945 posts
  • Gender:Female
  • Location:Delaware

Posted 27 February 2012 - 04:28 PM

Or Denzel Washington's Unstoppable. The thought of a runaway freight train charging towards you is super exciting, isn't it? :D

I have also fancied the idea that some airline should be bold enough and add episodes of National Geographic's Air Crash Investigation in the seatback TV entertainment options on long-haul flights Posted Image





Are you kidding? I just heard on the news this morning that people panicked on a plane because they thought the pilot said there was a "bomb onboard". What he said was "mom on board" (He was saying happy birthday to a mom onboard). Even after he clarified what he said, some passengers were still upset.

After the plane landed safely Friday in Long Island, two passengers took the issue to airport security officials, prompting a response from the FAA.


ABC News

2011: Jun: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // Nov: WIL=>WAS=>CHI=>PRO (NER=>CL=>CZ)
2012: Apr: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER) // May(NTD): WIL=>PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>PAO=>PHL (Keystone) // Aug: WIL=>WAS (NER) / BWI=>WIL (NER) // Oct(Gathering): PHL=>WIL (NER) / PHL=>HAR=>PHL (Keystone) / SEPTA, NJT, PATCO, River Line, Princeton Dinky
2013: May(NTD): WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct (Gathering): WIL=>CHI (Card) / CHI=>MKE=>GLN=>CHI() / CHI=>JOL=>CHI () / CHI=>WIL(CL=>NER) / CTA, Metra. SEPTA (WIL=>NRK) // Nov:  PHL=>PHL (Autumn Express) 
2014: May(NTD):  WIL=>PHL=>WIL(NER) // May:  WIL=>BOS=>WIL(NER) day trip

2014: Oct(Gathering): WIL=>NYP=>TOL(pd-NER=>LSL) / TOL=>CHI=>LAX=>EMY(pts-LSL=>SWC=>CS) / EMY=>CHI=>TOL (pts-CZ-CL) / TOL=>WAS=>WIL(pd-CL=>NER)
2015: May: CHI=>CIN(pd-Card) / CIN=>WIL(pts Card)
2015;  Oct(Gathering):  WIL=>WAS(Acela) / ALX=>WAS(NER) / WAS=>BAL(Acela) / WAS=>WIL(NER)

2016: Mar: WIL=>WAS=>WIL (NER)  // Oct:  WIL=>NYP=>NYP=>WIL (Autumn Express) 





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users