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2018 Winter Consist for Zephyr began 1/8/2018


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#1 Tennessee Traveler

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 09:15 PM

Just saw on Railstream MH Tower Cam the California Zephyr depart with the sleepers up front so the Winter Consist Engines, baggage, transition, sleepers, dining car, sightseer lounge, coaches is in effect beginning today.  I did not see Sunday the 7th consist so not sure in today is first or second day of the Winter consist. I'm riding in February in sleeper 531.

 



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 01:28 AM

Amtrak #6(06) also ran with its cars in that order.

 



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 10:18 AM

#6(06) had 3 sleeper and 3 coach cars.

 

In March I'll be in 0532 OTM - SAC - OTM.

In March I expect the consist will have just 2 sleeper and 2 coach cars.


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. . . . Amtrak miles - 16,383, so far. 7,320 more miles booked OTM - OKJ - EMY - OTM March 2018.


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 02:46 PM

Possibly an extra coach near end of March, since Easter is April 1?


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 03:07 PM

#6(06) had 3 sleeper and 3 coach cars.

 

In March I'll be in 0532 OTM - SAC - OTM.

In March I expect the consist will have just 2 sleeper and 2 coach cars.

 CZ 5(08) had 3 coaches and only 2 sleepers.  The 6(06) returning to Chicago was one of the last of the holiday extra 3rd sleeper.  Equipment change is usually made in Chicago for the Zephyr. Expect 2 sleepers for the foreseeable future.  It will be interesting to see if they cut to just one sleeper at any time this winter like they did in early December 2017. 



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 09:58 PM

Wouldn't be surprised if they did, unless there is a winter demand for mountain destinations.

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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:07 PM

I'm on 6 (13). Consist is Baggage, 3 sleepers, 2 diners and 2 coaches.

 

No crew car, subbing a 3rd sleeper though they are selling rooms in it. Also no 33000 series lounge car, subbing a diner for it. 

 

What a cluster!



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:39 PM

I noticed that when it passed MH Tower Cam on Saturday.  Interesting. Also, noticed that (I think) last Thursday's train had the reduced cars but the diner and two sleepers brought up the rear. Then following days they went back to normal winter consist with two sleepers up front.



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Posted 15 January 2018 - 03:56 PM

Are they rotating transdorm cars through maintenance, refurb, or something.
Lately the CZ has often had a regular sleeper instead of a transdorm.

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Amtrak - California Zephyr Coast Starlight  Southwest Chief Sunset Limited Texas Eagle  Illinois Zephyr
. . . . Amtrak miles - 16,383, so far. 7,320 more miles booked OTM - OKJ - EMY - OTM March 2018.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 04:36 PM

I was on 30 today (1/15) in car 3002. Was on old refurbed SL1. No baggage or transdorm.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:16 PM

I am booked on 29 from DC to Chicago in February and I have been relocated from 2900 to 2902 with the explanation that they are removing 2900 for refurbishing and 2902 would be a refurbished car. So based on your experience maybe what the agent told me is true about refurbishing.



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 01:23 PM

I am booked on 29 from DC to Chicago in February and I have been relocated from 2900 to 2902 with the explanation that they are removing 2900 for refurbishing and 2902 would be a refurbished car. So based on your experience maybe what the agent told me is true about refurbishing.

 

The Capitol Limited passes by my office window and I haven't seen a transdorm (or a baggage car) on it for the past week



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 03:55 PM

I was on 30 today (1/15) in car 3002. Was on old refurbed SL1. No baggage or transdorm.

 

Big Iron, how was your ride on 30. Was 3002 right behind the engines? Other than the horn did you hear any other engine noise?



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 05:58 PM

 

I was on 30 today (1/15) in car 3002. Was on old refurbed SL1. No baggage or transdorm.

 

Big Iron, how was your ride on 30. Was 3002 right behind the engines? Other than the horn did you hear any other engine noise?

 

I have to be honest, it was LOUD.  Not only the horn but the sound and vibration from the locomotives.   I was in bedroom B with the bedroom end closest to the locomotives so there was not much of a buffer.  I was worried about the smell of diesel fumes with no transdorm but there was a hatch that covered the door.  I did get a whiff every now and then but it was not annoying or overwhelming.

 

I may start another thread asking this question, do SL2's ride better than SL1's.  I had the same exact consist on 29 and 30.  I was in a SL2 on 29 which was the second car back, and a SL1 on 30, the first car back.  The ride on the SL2 was noticeably better, much smoother/quieter.  I know there are many variables but wonder if there is either anecdotal or factual information on the difference in ride quality between the two??


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