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#1 sjgiss

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 06:58 PM

Will the Emprire Builder have the extra coach on board for the Thanksgiving week and the following week to and from Chicago to St Paul?


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Posted 08 October 2018 - 09:23 PM

Hard to tell for sure at this point because it's about a month and a half out, but most likely yes.


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 01:59 AM

Well, a few days now, the Empire Builder is running with only one coach in the Seattle section, instead of two (summer? consist has two coaches in both Seattle and Portland sections, seems strange ). Maybe that  frees a coach to be refurbished before the busy thanksgiving week?

Sorry, dunno. Changes happening. Who can tell?


Edited by NW cannonball, 09 October 2018 - 02:03 AM.

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 05:59 AM

Well, a few days now, the Empire Builder is running with only one coach in the Seattle section, instead of two (summer? consist has two coaches in both Seattle and Portland sections, seems strange ). Maybe that  frees a coach to be refurbished before the busy thanksgiving week?

Sorry, dunno. Changes happening. Who can tell?

It had only one coach, but on  at least one day sales capacity was not adjusted, and had 90 seats sold for the one 60 seat coach



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Posted 09 October 2018 - 08:25 AM

 

Well, a few days now, the Empire Builder is running with only one coach in the Seattle section, instead of two (summer? consist has two coaches in both Seattle and Portland sections, seems strange ). Maybe that  frees a coach to be refurbished before the busy thanksgiving week?

Sorry, dunno. Changes happening. Who can tell?

It had only one coach, but on  at least one day sales capacity was not adjusted, and had 90 seats sold for the one 60 seat coach

Did they end up "bumping" 30 passengers or did they scrounge up another coach at the last minute?


Routes Traveled: Silver Meteor, Silver Star, CrescentLake Shore LimitedCalifornia Zephyr, Sunset Limited, Texas EagleEthan Allen Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, AdirondackAcela Express, Northeast RegionalKeystone Service, Downeaster w/ Great Dome
 
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Posted 09 October 2018 - 08:38 AM

They probably were spread throughout the train, including the lounge car....  


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Posted 09 October 2018 - 09:26 AM

That is certainly a very strange way of enhancing customer experience, on of the six declared goals of the Amtrak Board

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 06:58 PM

This most likely occurs between msp-chi. The 28(6) that I rode on had the one Seattle coach too. The train was close to sold out. Iirc 70 got on at msp. Decent crowds at red wing and Winona too.




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