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#21 Seaboard92

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 12:46 PM

I haven't been on recent enough. I'll see if my usual crew knows anything when I see them again soon. I generally go north on 98 because I'm connecting for western points. And return on 91.

I used to think back when the star had four coaches it was two coach attendants. The star back before the diner loss always ran with four coaches, and in the Holliday season five. I also remember a few years seeing a 9112 and 9212 sleeper on holidays.
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Posted 05 October 2018 - 12:58 PM

More recently Meteor has run  occasionally with a 13 car.- like even a few weeks back when the Star was yet to start running after Hurricane Florence.



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Posted 05 October 2018 - 01:12 PM

More recently Meteor has run  occasionally with a 13 car.- like even a few weeks back when the Star was yet to start running after Hurricane Florence.

So six coaches?


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 01:38 PM

 

More recently Meteor has run  occasionally with a 13 car.- like even a few weeks back when the Star was yet to start running after Hurricane Florence.

So six coaches?

 

No 13 car as in 9813 or 9713 Sleeper.


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Posted 05 October 2018 - 02:20 PM

The Meteors I have seen since Florence have only had 3 coaches.

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Posted 05 October 2018 - 02:32 PM

More recently Meteor has run  occasionally with a 13 car.- like even a few weeks back when the Star was yet to start running after Hurricane Florence.

So six coaches?

No 13 car as in 9813 or 9713 Sleeper.

Oh, sorry. Thought you were talking about a 13 car long train, not a car number. :)

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Posted 07 October 2018 - 03:52 PM

So, what ARE the current standards for attendant staffing, then?

Experience noted here seems to have it all over the place.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 12:23 AM

Each sleeper gets one attendant, the cafe/SSL gets one LSA, the diner routinely has a server, a food specialist, and a LSA, and coaches. I believe is one for every two cars but I could be wrong on that bit.
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Posted 08 October 2018 - 09:35 AM

So, what ARE the current standards for attendant staffing, then?

Experience noted here seems to have it all over the place.

 

I'm not sure what the most recent Service Standards Manual is, but the latest I am able to find is #10 (Oct. 2017).  In a nutshell, it says that staffing levels depend on a combo of number of coach cars and number of coach passengers, but 1 attendant can cover up to 4 cars.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 12:59 AM


So, what ARE the current standards for attendant staffing, then?

Experience noted here seems to have it all over the place.

 
I'm not sure what the most recent Service Standards Manual is, but the latest I am able to find is #10 (Oct. 2017).  In a nutshell, it says that staffing levels depend on a combo of number of coach cars and number of coach passengers, but 1 attendant can cover up to 4 cars.

Now that's the sort of context I was looking for. And, also, what likely explains that which I perceived as short staffing compared to previous riding experience. The cars on the Capitol Limited, especially, were full at night but much more scant in daylight hours. The Cardinal seemed a bit on the half full side out of Chicago, but that picked up to close to a full train into West Virginia and Virginia. One wonders whether what was likely just one coach attendant (who might have even been doubling as a sleeper attendant) was based on the short count departing the station of origin.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 02:09 AM

Every time I've been in a Sleeping Car there's been an SCA in every single car. I've never seen one working the whole train. And I have never seen Coach Attendants on short or medium trains, only on long-distance trains. 


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 05:49 AM

As far as NEC or medium distance routes, does the Acela run count?  Because I do recall there being a car attendant for at least the First Class cars on the one Acela train I have taken. At the time, FC pax were provided meal service.



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Posted 11 October 2018 - 07:01 AM

As has been discussed before Acela FC has two LSA/SA. Technically not CA.




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