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#1 CHamilton

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Posted 21 November 2015 - 12:12 PM


A well-informed source has told RailPAC that Pacific Parlour Car service will be missing from the Coast Starlight in the coming weeks because the FRA has some concerns about the glazing.  Apparently one car has already been fixed and Amtrak is awaiting delivery of material for the rest of the fleet.  Unfortunately we cannot offer a schedule of which dates may be affected but we’ll do our best to keep you informed.
 
As the Parlour cars are cycled through the shops they will be temporarily replaced by Superliner lounge cars.  We are assured there is no intent to end the service.

 

 

 


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Posted 21 November 2015 - 01:08 PM

When they pulled the PPCs out of service last winter,supposedly for maintence and "upgrades", they mostly set on a siding and not much or nothing was done to them besides required inspections and maintence.

Hopefully Amtrak will take advantage of this opportunity to actually do some much needed work on these jewels!

As most of us know, substituting a SSL, or even worse a CCC, for a PPC sucks!😕
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Posted 21 November 2015 - 01:33 PM

I wonder if they'll even put them back in service. I hope they do... That battery fire was scary, though.
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Posted 21 November 2015 - 02:23 PM

I wonder if they'll even put them back in service. I hope they do... That battery fire was scary, though.

FWIW...From the last line of the article: "We are assured there is no intent to end the service."


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Posted 21 November 2015 - 02:23 PM

Didn't a PPC have a window damaged from a rock-strike a few months ago?


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Posted 21 November 2015 - 02:23 PM

I was lucky to have one on my CS leg Monday night. I will report back on my return journey (CS on Dec 16-17). I doubt they will be back in service yet, but I will let you know what I get.


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Posted 21 November 2015 - 08:15 PM

I was on #11 on Wednesday.  The PPC was in the consist.

I enjoyed dinner in the PPC.

It was my third trip this year in the PPC.

I hope Amtrak puts them back in service.


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Posted 21 November 2015 - 10:14 PM

I wonder if they'll even put them back in service. I hope they do... That battery fire was scary, though.

FWIW...From the last line of the article: "We are assured there is no intent to end the service."

Yeah, but Amtrak can say what it wants and honestly do what it wants.
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Posted 21 November 2015 - 10:15 PM

 

 

I wonder if they'll even put them back in service. I hope they do... That battery fire was scary, though.

FWIW...From the last line of the article: "We are assured there is no intent to end the service."

Yeah, but Amtrak can say what it wants and honestly do what it wants.

 

Hence the "FWIW" at the beginning of my comment!


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 09:42 AM

FWIW...From the last line of the article: "We are assured there is no intent to end the service."

 

 

 

I can almost hear the evil snickering behind the podium as they say that... :angry:  Was the spokesman Joe Isuzu? 

 

It's too bad, have my first CS trip scheduled for March, was hoping they'd limp along at least that long. :(



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 10:38 AM

Put me in the minority that prefers a sightseer lounge to the PPC. I like the bigger windows in the sightseer cars, but the PPC was much cleaner after a day than the sightseer lounge (at least on my one trip on #14). 



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 11:24 AM

Hope they are back for my CS trip in May,,,, too early to cross my fingers?


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 12:11 PM

Last winter, Amtrak cut down on the Capitol Limited's consist. They said that come summer, they'd restore it back to the typical length. There was much cynicism and predictions that it was the beginning of the end of the CL, and that Amtrak was going to gut it to a CONO-like train, but lo and behold, spring came and the full consist returned as promised.

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 01:30 PM

Hopefully it comes back (as it has several times before) before mid February.  I've a bedroom reserved from LAX-PDX and I was looking forward to spending some time in the PPC.  I've ridden that route with a CCC substituted before (couldn't gripe, it was right after an earthquake and they'd just reopened the tracks and was lucky to have a train at all) and it was OK, just not the Parlour.

 

Experience the PPC while you still can, and buy an overpriced drink too, they are quite old and one of these days they will be too expensive to keep in the consist.



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Posted 23 November 2015 - 01:37 PM

 

 

Experience the PPC while you still can, and buy an overpriced drink too, they are quite old and one of these days they will be too expensive to keep in the consist.

 

basically the same age as the budd cars via rail operates


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Posted 23 November 2015 - 01:51 PM

 

 

 

Experience the PPC while you still can, and buy an overpriced drink too, they are quite old and one of these days they will be too expensive to keep in the consist.

 

basically the same age as the budd cars via rail operates

 

But I would speculate the Via Budd cars receive vastly superior maintenance work then the PPC's... 



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Posted 26 November 2015 - 03:42 PM

I can confirm that ppc is in service on the train 14 I am on right now. However, there is no meal service and movie due to short staff. My SCA said amtrak is trying to get a ppc attendant in Sacramento hopefully the service is resumed in Sacramento.

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 04:45 PM

I can confirm that ppc is in service on the train 14 I am on right now. However, there is no meal service and movie due to short staff. My SCA said amtrak is trying to get a ppc attendant in Sacramento hopefully the service is resumed in Sacramento.


Which 14 are you on? Departed LAX today or yesterday?

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 04:54 PM

 

I can confirm that ppc is in service on the train 14 I am on right now. However, there is no meal service and movie due to short staff. My SCA said amtrak is trying to get a ppc attendant in Sacramento hopefully the service is resumed in Sacramento.


Which 14 are you on? Departed LAX today or yesterday?

 

Sounds like today's since they haven't gotten to SAC yet.



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Posted 26 November 2015 - 05:04 PM

Never mind. 


Edited by BCL, 27 November 2015 - 11:02 PM.





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