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#41 Green Maned Lion

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 09:31 AM

I have no idea what they are celebrating, besides perhaps the ditching of Capon- which is worthy of such, I suppose.
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Posted 04 October 2017 - 10:01 PM

NARP is now offering a reduced "students and young advocates" registration rate for the RailNation Chicago event. Please tell your friends. https://www.narprail...nation-chicago/


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 12:26 PM

I was just looking at the site, and I think they must like the price of $149. The gala dinner is $149. The daytime trip to Milwaukee in a dome car is $149. The later trip to Milwaukee is $149.
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 03:18 PM

So many $149 that I won't be spending :D


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Posted 23 October 2017 - 06:45 AM

I have no idea what they are celebrating, besides perhaps the ditching of Capon- which is worthy of such, I suppose.


Heh. They'd never say that out loud, but uh... the number of people I saw at the Denver NARP meeting and the ESPA meetings congratuating Jim Matthews for replacing Capon was very large. The organization has become quite evidently more effective (specifically at deploying lobbying power toward Congress) since Matthews took over.

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Posted 26 October 2017 - 08:51 AM

We were just asked to narrate the afternoon private car trip on the Hiawatha on Saturday, November 4th... and then the optional trip to South Bend on the South Shore on Sunday, November 5th.  Hope some people off the Forum are riding and will come out and say hello to us!  This is part of the 501( C)(3) non-profit that we manage, the APRHF Rail Rangers.



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 09:05 PM

Good for you.

9 days before event, nice that your able to respond positively to the short notice request.

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Posted 03 November 2017 - 10:02 AM

Lots of good content in Chicago. One important message: It’s about local support. https://youtu.be/2AVXnc_t9UI
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Posted 03 November 2017 - 11:46 AM

An important message is that it's about local support.  Unfortunately NARP chose to draw attention to grassroots support with a $375 speaking engagement and gala dinner, a cost most of our membership would struggle to rationalize, and a mindset which might explain why NARP is sometimes accused of being comically tone deaf.


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 11:31 AM

A non-Amtrak person from the press who has inside knowledge shared the insight that once all the Diners are delivered all single level LD trains will have Diners. There may be some difference in the actual food service in the Diners based on trains they are on. This was in an answer to a specific question regarding Diners on the Silver Star.


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 12:15 PM

Thanks jis! Good news!The Silver Starvation will turn back into the Star and the Lake Shore and Cardinal will get Diners!

Does this mean that Amtrak be moving away from the National Menu and perhaps go back to having "Specials" that are route specific?

Or will this mean Express/Limited Menus for some of the Viewliner Trains like some of the Superliner Trains have?
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Posted 04 November 2017 - 12:59 PM

Unknown at present. The only thing that was stated in no uncertain terms is - No more service cutbacks. It is counter-productive.

BTW I really liked the menu that I saw and the new item that I had for lunch on the Southwest Chief today. Things are starting to look up I think.


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 03:28 PM

What wonderful news: diners on all LD trains and no more service cutbacks! Hope it comes true! :) Did they mean only overnight trains, though, or LD daytime ones like the Carolinian as well?

 

jis--what did you have for lunch?

 

I loved the new menus that started in October--I had salmon whenever I could on the Gathering trip, and I loved the Railroad French toast.


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Posted 04 November 2017 - 04:07 PM

Carolinian is not an LD train. It is a State Supported Train. Palmetto technically is the only daytime LD train in the Amtrak system, but it won’t be getting a Diner.

I had the new Mexican dish, the one with Tortillas. I forget its official name.


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Posted 06 November 2017 - 12:49 PM

oh, I see--thanks, jis. I am constantly learning--I had assumed that any train that went a long way, even if not overnight, was an LD train. Why would the Palmetto qualify as an LD train? Run by Amtrak and not state supported? Or another reason?

 

If the Silver Star gets its diner back, I will be happy--that was my favorite eastern train til they removed the diner.



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Posted 06 November 2017 - 01:17 PM

oh, I see--thanks, jis. I am constantly learning--I had assumed that any train that went a long way, even if not overnight, was an LD train. Why would the Palmetto qualify as an LD train? Run by Amtrak and not state supported? Or another reason?

I guess primarily because the Palmetto runs more than 750 miles. Actually Palmetto has a longer run than the Capitol Limited!!



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Posted 06 November 2017 - 03:25 PM

They probably chose 750 for the CL (780) and to exclude the Carolinian (704). The Palmetto conveniently fell over the CL.


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 03:31 PM

I don't see why the Palmetto should not have a diner....just because it doesn't have a sleeper?

 

If it did have a diner, it would be a more efficient use than the overnight trains....the Palmetto schedule pretty much covers all three meal periods in a day, while the overnight trains cover only two...

Also, it would only require two diner's...

And there would be no need for dorm space, the crew would overnite in a hotel...


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 03:34 PM

As soon as the options are exercised for getting more Diners I suppose

But frankly this has little to do with the NARP meeting and I acknowledge that I was partly responsible for derailing this thread. So could we please stop further discourse on Diner allocation on this thread please?


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Posted 08 November 2017 - 04:41 PM

After reading every post in this thread; except for the mention of the diners returning to the Eastern trains, I still have absolutely no idea what was achieved and accomplished at the NARP 50th anniversary conference. So far it all sounds like gibberish.  If the purpose was to disseminate info, what were the benefits derived and how is this of use to the rail passenger community?






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