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#21 siberianmo

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 09:49 AM

While this may be a bit dated in terms of the original discussion, I wish to chime in.

 

My travels aboard Amtrak (along with other North American Railroads) has been extensive - all for pleasure with each 

long distance route traveled both ways on more than one occasion. One could perhaps refer to me as an addict - 

when it comes to train travel, congenial ladies and puppies. Oooooops, I digressed.

 

Within recent months, I have been discarding much of my professional and personal memorabilia. The dumpster(s) 

have been full of all sorts of "stuff" ranging from high school, college, military, police, sports yearbooks, scorecards,  

old tax records, useless legal papers, and travel related materials. It is simply amazing just how much "stuff" one

accumulates. I am still mulling over what to do with a few dozen Kodak carousel trays full of 35mm slides! And no 

thanx - not interested in digitizing. My mind's eye works quite well, even at 77!

 

My rationale is quite simple - if I have not looked at it in over a decade, why keep it? I surely do not want my better

half having to deal with "what to do" when the time comes. That is just Moi, folks. So over the side it went . . . 

 

Now to the point of this post: I jettisoned all of my Amtrak schedules from the 1980's to present times - all of it, gone-zo. 

I figured if the need should arise, the internet would be my source for whatever I might need.

 

Guess what? I needed to reaffirm some train schedule dates for photo albums being assembled. 

 

With heartfelt thanks to the creators of The Museum of Railway Timetables, I now have what I need to complete my project. 

 

Irrespective of perhaps not seeing anything beyond 2010, what has been so well organized and user friendly has been a gold 

mine of resource for me.

 

Most appreciatively,

Tom in Chesterfield, MO


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BC Rail: Cariboo Prospector

VIA Rail: Atlantic - Bras d'Or - Canadian - Chaleur - Corridor (Brantford/Montreal/Ottawa/Toronto) - Ocean 

 

 


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Posted 27 June 2015 - 09:55 AM

Excellent idea Tom!

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Posted 27 June 2015 - 12:29 PM

Irrespective of perhaps not seeing anything beyond 2010, what has been so well organized and user friendly has been a gold 

mine of resource for me.

 

Most appreciatively,

Tom in Chesterfield, MO

 

I agree the Museum is a great resource.

 

I've been compiling the most recent timetables myself, and the ones since 2010 are available at this link


ASMAD - Has your train been running on time?

 

Amtrak Timetable Archives - PDFs since 2009


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Posted 28 June 2015 - 03:05 PM

For: jimhudson - Works for me!

 

Amazing how my basement seems to be so much larger after ridding it of so many things gathering dust.

 

Four outdated PC's, two laptops, all of the peripherals (printers, scanners, etc.), software and yards of connecting cables. All gone-zo!

 

And get this! A beer can collection of over one thousand cans - some undoubtedly "worth something," but I have no desire to 

get into that sort of thing. Of course they were empty before discarding to the recyclers. 

 

Also some patio furniture and empty boxes sitting up in the garage rafters - never knew the garage had such an interesting interior above the vehicles.

 

Oh. add to that three legal size boxes of theatre programs, sports ticket stubs and associated literature over two decades. 

 

For: acelafan - Many thanx for that link! It may come in handy one of these daze . . . 

 

Tom


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BC Rail: Cariboo Prospector

VIA Rail: Atlantic - Bras d'Or - Canadian - Chaleur - Corridor (Brantford/Montreal/Ottawa/Toronto) - Ocean 

 

 


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Posted 28 June 2015 - 10:17 PM

Siberianmo,

 

Someone someday will thank you for what you did.  My brother died suddenly last September, leaving a townhouse full of... stuff.  Some valuable, some not so much, and a whole lot really not valuable at all.  It's rather disheartening to go through it all, especially the box marked, "Sort through 1993."  

 

It's also a good idea to have a will, but that's an issue for another day.



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Posted 29 June 2015 - 10:13 AM

For: Ispolkom - Perhaps that may happen - however, I doubt that the "message" will get through where I most likely will wind up! Anyway . . .

 

Speaking only for myself, I have never really been a "string saver," having spent 32 years in the military with moves every 3 or 4 years - it just 

made better sense to lighten the load as the moves occurred. However, having been anchored in one port for a long, long time as a retiree - simply 

amazing how the "stuff" accumulated.

 

The material things of importance are indeed covered within our estate planning - good advice though. 

 

Good chat - even if off the mark for this topic; my fault!


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Amtrak: Acela Express - Ann Rutledge - California Zephyr - Capitol Limited - Cardinal - Cascades - City of New Orleans - Coast Starlight - Crescent - Empire Builder (Portland & Seattle) - Lake Shore Limited (Boston & NY City) - Lincoln Service - Metroliner - Missouri Mule - Missouri River Runner - Pacific Surfliner - Silver Meteor - Silver Star - Sunset Limited - Texas Eagle 

BC Rail: Cariboo Prospector

VIA Rail: Atlantic - Bras d'Or - Canadian - Chaleur - Corridor (Brantford/Montreal/Ottawa/Toronto) - Ocean 

 

 


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Posted 19 August 2016 - 02:05 AM

Nathanael,

As others have said, you would certainly be welcome as a member.  I know that I, for one, would be happy to have you on here.

 

As to the timetables, one thing to remember is that changes to them in the last few years have been minimal.  The biggest changes I can recall are a shift in the NB Silver Meteor of 15-30 minutes earlier (depending on your stop) and a similar shift in the Adirondack (regarding padding around Albany).  Other than that, the system has mostly been static with the exception of two trains being extended (to Norfolk, VA and Brunswick, ME).

 

Don't forget the Sunset Limited schedules being changed!


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Posted 18 September 2016 - 06:36 PM

I like it.



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Posted 23 September 2016 - 01:16 PM

 

Nathanael,

As others have said, you would certainly be welcome as a member.  I know that I, for one, would be happy to have you on here.

 

As to the timetables, one thing to remember is that changes to them in the last few years have been minimal.  The biggest changes I can recall are a shift in the NB Silver Meteor of 15-30 minutes earlier (depending on your stop) and a similar shift in the Adirondack (regarding padding around Albany).  Other than that, the system has mostly been static with the exception of two trains being extended (to Norfolk, VA and Brunswick, ME).

 

Don't forget the Sunset Limited schedules being changed!

 

How is the Sunset Limited schedule being changed? I probably will be on that train next March.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:03 AM

 

Nathanael,

As others have said, you would certainly be welcome as a member.  I know that I, for one, would be happy to have you on here.

 

As to the timetables, one thing to remember is that changes to them in the last few years have been minimal.  The biggest changes I can recall are a shift in the NB Silver Meteor of 15-30 minutes earlier (depending on your stop) and a similar shift in the Adirondack (regarding padding around Albany).  Other than that, the system has mostly been static with the exception of two trains being extended (to Norfolk, VA and Brunswick, ME).

 

Don't forget the Sunset Limited schedules being changed!

 

For the Hiawatha(Chicago-Milwaukee), Amtrak added a late night Saturday only train in both directions. From what I suspect, it seems like they're doing this as an experiment to see how well that goes, and potentially have a late night train(past like 7:30 in Milwaukee going south, and something like 8-8:30 from Chicago going north) every day down the road? I sure hope that becomes the case.

 

Can't think of many schedule changes, beyond that. And is it true the Sunset had a recent timetable change in some minor form? Since when I last looked at it(including the online pdf), it looked like the same to me from the 2016 Amtrak national schedule that I still have at home. RIP to those, it's a darn shame Amtrak stopped printing those in the name of saving money. Even if they still print the individual Amtrak line timetables, I loved seeing those national Amtrak schedules/booklets.


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:36 AM

 

 

Nathanael,

As others have said, you would certainly be welcome as a member.  I know that I, for one, would be happy to have you on here.

 

As to the timetables, one thing to remember is that changes to them in the last few years have been minimal.  The biggest changes I can recall are a shift in the NB Silver Meteor of 15-30 minutes earlier (depending on your stop) and a similar shift in the Adirondack (regarding padding around Albany).  Other than that, the system has mostly been static with the exception of two trains being extended (to Norfolk, VA and Brunswick, ME).

 

Don't forget the Sunset Limited schedules being changed!

 

For the Hiawatha(Chicago-Milwaukee), Amtrak added a late night Saturday only train in both directions. From what I suspect, it seems like they're doing this as an experiment to see how well that goes, and potentially have a late night train(past like 7:30 in Milwaukee going south, and something like 8-8:30 from Chicago going north) every day down the road? I sure hope that becomes the case.

 

Can't think of many schedule changes, beyond that. And is it true the Sunset had a recent timetable change in some minor form? Since when I last looked at it(including the online pdf), it looked like the same to me from the 2016 Amtrak national schedule that I still have at home. RIP to those, it's a darn shame Amtrak stopped printing those in the name of saving money. Even if they still print the individual Amtrak line timetables, I loved seeing those national Amtrak schedules/booklets.

 

There have been several changes to the schedules, including times/stations, additional corridor service intervals, etc.  I manually compile the PDF timetables and keep them at this link:

https://juckins.net/...rchive/home.php


ASMAD - Has your train been running on time?

 

Amtrak Timetable Archives - PDFs since 2009


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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:15 AM

 

 

 

Nathanael,

As others have said, you would certainly be welcome as a member.  I know that I, for one, would be happy to have you on here.

 

As to the timetables, one thing to remember is that changes to them in the last few years have been minimal.  The biggest changes I can recall are a shift in the NB Silver Meteor of 15-30 minutes earlier (depending on your stop) and a similar shift in the Adirondack (regarding padding around Albany).  Other than that, the system has mostly been static with the exception of two trains being extended (to Norfolk, VA and Brunswick, ME).

 

Don't forget the Sunset Limited schedules being changed!

 

For the Hiawatha(Chicago-Milwaukee), Amtrak added a late night Saturday only train in both directions. From what I suspect, it seems like they're doing this as an experiment to see how well that goes, and potentially have a late night train(past like 7:30 in Milwaukee going south, and something like 8-8:30 from Chicago going north) every day down the road? I sure hope that becomes the case.

 

Can't think of many schedule changes, beyond that. And is it true the Sunset had a recent timetable change in some minor form? Since when I last looked at it(including the online pdf), it looked like the same to me from the 2016 Amtrak national schedule that I still have at home. RIP to those, it's a darn shame Amtrak stopped printing those in the name of saving money. Even if they still print the individual Amtrak line timetables, I loved seeing those national Amtrak schedules/booklets.

 

There have been several changes to the schedules, including times/stations, additional corridor service intervals, etc.  I manually compile the PDF timetables and keep them at this link:

https://juckins.net/...rchive/home.php

 

Oh yeah, I definitely know the addition of the Saturday late night train(in each direction) on the Hiawatha(CHI-MKE) wasn't the only very recent change Amtrak has done with train route timetables! I just was wondering about the Sunset Limited. Since when I compared the schedule from my 2016 Amtrak national timetable plus the current pdf shown on Amtrak's website, I didn't notice any changes to the Sunset timetable vs. what was shown in my 2016 national timetable(RIP to future versions of that). I could be wrong about that, though.

 

Gonna take a break from being online, for now. When I'm back online later, I will do a check of both my 2016 national timetable I have at home, and the pdf from Amtrak's website to see if there were any changes to Sunset's schedule, even very minor changes by a few minutes at most. Thank you for compiling timetables on your website btw, beyond 2010 ones. Since I sadly worry that website of Amtrak timetables of the past, will ever get any national timetable uploads beyond 2010? Don't get me wrong, that website for 1971-2010 timetables is still an amazing site!



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 08:51 AM

For the Hiawatha(Chicago-Milwaukee), Amtrak added a late night Saturday only train in both directions. From what I suspect, it seems like they're doing this as an experiment to see how well that goes, and potentially have a late night train(past like 7:30 in Milwaukee going south, and something like 8-8:30 from Chicago going north) every day down the road? I sure hope that becomes the case.

 

For now, to avoid having to negotiate and pay for an additional train, the "added" late night Saturday train replaces the early morning Saturday train - still 7 roundtrips. There is a WisDOT/IDOT study currently in progress looking at what sort of improvements would be necessary to add 3 trains/day.



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Posted 15 June 2017 - 07:52 PM

 

For the Hiawatha(Chicago-Milwaukee), Amtrak added a late night Saturday only train in both directions. From what I suspect, it seems like they're doing this as an experiment to see how well that goes, and potentially have a late night train(past like 7:30 in Milwaukee going south, and something like 8-8:30 from Chicago going north) every day down the road? I sure hope that becomes the case.

 

For now, to avoid having to negotiate and pay for an additional train, the "added" late night Saturday train replaces the early morning Saturday train - still 7 roundtrips. There is a WisDOT/IDOT study currently in progress looking at what sort of improvements would be necessary to add 3 trains/day.

 

Oh yeah, that is right that the early Saturday morning train that leaves at around like 6:30-7am in both directions was temporarily removed, to make way for that late night Saturday train. I just realized that now, when I was looking at the newest Hiawatha schedule again.

 

Think I did hear that IDOT/WisDOT were looking into ways, to expand service frequencies on that line further. It's too bad the idea to establish train service of some sort between Milwaukee and Madison, was scrapped years ago in the early years after Scott Walker became governor there. I know one can take a bus between there and Madison to go further west to get there, but as far as I know I sadly don't think there's any shuttle service between Madison and Columbus, WI(and back) for Empire Builder arrivals and departures in both directions. I wish such a shuttle service could be created.






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