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If you could add any amenities to Amtrak, what would they be?


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#21 Mystic River Dragon

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Posted 22 December 2017 - 09:21 PM

Ah, yes, you are right as usual, AmtrakBlue. I see now he is talking of two trains in that phrase. I thought perhaps he had added another enemy train in addition to his archenemy, the Cardinal. The business class car on the Cardinal is a lovely addition. When I was on the Cardinal going to Chicago, I saw quite a few people taking the business class for short stretches. I ran into two ladies who got on in the morning and were going to Chicago for a shopping trip. They were raving about the addition of the business class car.

 

Just thought of another amenity I miss: having the SCA put the blanket on the bed. It's ridiculous to have it in plastic and make you put it on yourself--how many of us would return to a hotel that said oh, by the way, you are paying a lot of money for your room but we aren't going to put the blanket on the bed for you--do it yourself?

 

And real silverware and china and flowers and real tablecloths.


Edited by Mystic River Dragon, 22 December 2017 - 09:28 PM.


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Posted 22 December 2017 - 10:49 PM

I have no reason to hate the LSL. The LSL is one of my favorite trains and going forward will  be my predominant Chicago-NEC train (I have a feeling I won't be taking the CL that often). But the idea of business class taking away lounge car space in general sounds like a negative.


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 12:22 AM

I've traveled on several trains since the "blanket wrapped in plastic" started, and I have yet to actually see a blanket wrapped in plastic. My bedding has always been placed and tucked in as normal.

 

Are the wrapped blankets only used on certain trains?

 

Speaking of blankets, I say no to wool. People tend to be allergic/sensitive to it.


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 12:53 AM

I've seen it for sure on the Empire Builder and the California Zephyr. I think I've seen it on the Coast Starlight too, and maybe the Lake Shore? Not 100% sure on that last one. I don't think it's a huge deal either way, although the bags seem wasteful since they're not recycled.



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 12:55 AM

So the one thing that I would honestly change is the bedding on LD trains. 

 

For those of you who have ridden on Via's Canadian in their sleeping accommodations you'll know what I'm referring to. 

 

But 10 years ago when I rode the train from Jasper to Vancouver the Roomettes had amazing bedding. Real pillows and a down comforter. The sheets were clean and comfortable as well. 


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 11:04 AM

The bedding could definitely be improved.



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 11:10 AM

The sheets are sheets, those are fine. I'm pretty sure the acrylic blankets are used for their fireproofness, which wool is not, particularly. The mattresses, on the other hand, especially the upper berths, could certainly stand some improvement. As for pillows, I usually pack my own. I prefer 100% goose down. I rarely stay in hotels that accommodate that, let alone Amtrak. 


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 01:16 PM

Speaking of amenities, how about Wi-Fi on the Superliners?

I had Wi-Fi in my sleeper room on board the Southwest Chief between Chicago and Los Angeles earlier this week. The car had a mobile Wi-Fi router tied to a cellular network so the quality and availability of the Wi-Fi service varied considerably depending on where we were. If we were passing through a populated area with good cellular coverage (e.g. Kansas City, Albuquerque), we had internet access. If we were in the middle of nowhere, there was spotty or no internet.



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 01:34 PM

HOT WATER FOR TEA IN THE SLEEPING CARS. (Yes, I'm shouting, though not at anyone on this forum. :hi:)

 

And I'll second the call above for return of paper timetables, specifically the national system timetable.



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 01:53 PM

Paper timetables are a necessity.  The pocket timetables for the individual routes are perhaps more important than the national booklet, but both are important.


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 03:30 PM

They are both irrelevant. People have smartphones. And if you don't, you have Julie. 7


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 04:23 PM

Let the games begin :D



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 06:03 PM

The Silver Meteor has the blankets in a sealed plastic bag. Though thin, they are warm.


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Posted 23 December 2017 - 06:57 PM

They are both irrelevant. People have smartphones. And if you don't, you have Julie. 7

 

Just because you find it preferable or more convenient to get your information from a smartphone or Julie doesn't mean everyone else feels the same way.  This is often particularly true of generations who remember phones with cords and with a literal dial to place your calls; These are also often some of Amtrak's highest revenue (bedrooms, etc.) customers.  Is it really worth alienating them to save literal pennies printing a route timetable folder? 

 

But the National Timetable also plays a marketing and "familiarization" role for passenger rail (ie., look at all the other places we can go by train).   The website, phones, and Julie all work very well for looking up needed information; They often fail just as strongly at a general and casual overview.  It is much easier (and more pleasant) to peruse a timetable than it is to ask Julie twenty different questions.  

 

Let the games begin :D

 

Indeed, phones work fine for games.....   :)



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Posted 23 December 2017 - 08:01 PM

My home phones have cords, most have dials; I collect old phones. The ones with dials have a neat little device that captures pulses, and then transmits them in touch tones. I have these expensive little devices because I dont want to give up my metal bodied, bakelite handsetted 302 and my 500, but being one of a handful of rotary dialers on my exchange, the phone company didnt want to continue to support pulse dialing at some expense.

To continue to indulge my extravagece would have been unreasonable to request. So is yours.
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Posted 23 December 2017 - 08:35 PM

The first 10+ years of riding on Amtrak was exclusively in coach. My idea is to allow coach passengers to have ONE shower per trip after about 8 hours on board.
The lounge area at the head end primarily used by women, could be converted to a shower room by taking out the toilet and replacing with a shower.
You would pay the coach attendant or someone else for a $5 chit to use to get into the shower room. Towels, soaps etc. could be provided just as they are for the
sleeping car passengers.

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Posted 23 December 2017 - 11:01 PM

They are both irrelevant. People have smartphones. And if you don't, you have Julie. 7

 

He's right. We're in the 21st Century where the iPhone is king. I keep updated NEC PDF timetables in my iBooks. Yes it was great to have a hard copy of a National Timetable. But times have changed and we must go with the flow. 

 

A great example I can use is here in Philly Septa will be no longer selling tokens at Subway Stations starting in the new year. In favor of their New Payment Technology referred to as "Septa Key". Which is a contactless card that you scan against a reader and it deducts your fare from your "Key Card". People in Philly are annoyed by it. But what they don't understand is that Septa is the only Public Transit agency in the nation that still has tokens and paper transfers. I believe that the MTA in NYC ceased token fares in 2003, give or take a few years. Bottom line.. Tokens and Paper Transfers are a waste and outdated. 


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Posted 24 December 2017 - 01:04 PM

On trains where the Business Class seating is essentially the same as coach, I think there should be a guarantee of two seats per passenger in Business Class.  


Edited by Maglev, 24 December 2017 - 01:29 PM.

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Posted 24 December 2017 - 01:26 PM

Why do you think such a nutty thing as this?
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Posted 24 December 2017 - 01:31 PM

Why do you think such a nutty thing as this?

 

It is an additional amenity that could be offered with no capital expenditure.  Fares could be adjusted to prevent lost revenue.


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