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  2. cocojacoby

    Longer & Longer consists

    You know with mid train DPUs, a train could be broken before the DPU. Then the first half goes to the next siding. The second half then will catch up with the first half, reattach and off they go. Fantasy? Maybe right now but probably not in the future with autonomous DPUs being run from the lead unit!
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  4. I never used to book travel insurance, but with two parents who have significant health issues, I've started to. I use a comparison website to get a good deal. https://www.squaremouth.com/travel-insurance-quotes It's really quite cheap, and well worth the piece of mind.
  5. We had an excellent service from Transamerican in connection with a Rail/cruise trip which was interrupted by a train cancellation. They immediately confirmed coverage, put us in contact with their travel people who took care of all the details necessary. They even got us an early church in at the hotel in Los Angeles but also called us at the hotel after our arrival to make sure that all went well. Amazing service.
  6. Sorry to hear, hope for a full recovery... Ed
  7. Anderson

    Boston - New York overnight ferry

    The answer would probably be to get more trains NYP-BOS. Taking that Acela timing, if an 0730 departure gets you to the other end at 1100, then an 0600 departure gets you there by 0930. Also, a 2000 departure gets you there by 2330. Not that hotels in New York can't be onerous, but the logistical issues cause problems that likely outweigh the benefits here. This sort of issue sank the Enterprise up in Canada [1]. It doesn't seem utterly implausible to run something like a bus-to-ferry connection, but at that stage the run can arguably end up too short to get a full night of sleep (you don't want the ride to be less than about 8-9 hours). [1] Well, as far as I can tell there were two issues. The first is that the train was stuck sitting around in Kingston for rather a long time. The second is that VIA didn't help themselves by opting not to run via Ottawa, arguably giving up two supplemental markets (an evening Montreal-Ottawa service/morning reverse and Ottawa-Toronto as a market) in exchange for...er...more time sitting in Kingston. By that token, there might well have been nothing to be lost by running through to Quebec City, but I'd consider an extension on either end to be conceptually a lot more speculative than simply bumping the train onto a different intermediate routing adding a major destination in the process.
  8. That seems likely. The cost was probably right in a vacuum, but if CSXT was demanding discounted access rights or something similar, that could easily scupper a deal.
  9. Anderson

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Thoughts: (1) The old fleet strategy plan has been dead for a long time. Truth be told, the way it wanted to go about handling the replacements (trying to build up multiple suppliers, etc.) was blinkered and unrealistic. (2) I'm not surprised that the Amfleet Is are getting replaced sooner. They're arguably more "high profile" for Amtrak in some respects, and collateralizing RRIF loans on them will probably be easier. It is also a bigger order, so a modestly re-jiggered Amfleet II replacement fleet could get piggybacked onto this over time, and the options could also be distributed to or sold off to states along the corridor or elsewhere. (3) Also worth noting is that Amfleet Is can and occasionally are added onto LD trains (for example, the Meteor has periodically run with an Amfleet I for short-hop pax at peak times). Amfleet II equipment also has to interface with Viewliner diners, sleepers, and baggage cars. The former two are a bigger issue since you need through-access for those cars (whereas bags can, in theory, be unconnected to the core of the train). That means there will likely be some different needs for the (smaller) Amfleet II replacement order. Again, Amfleet Is are a more solid place to begin. (4) As far as the "trainsets" concern, the quote from the press release is "The base order for the new replacements includes 75 trainsets or their railcar equivalents with options to provide equipment for future service growth along the NEC and other state-supported routes." Emphasis added. It isn't clear how big they want the sets to be, and I'm not sure how many "sets" are needed at present. It also doesn't say that the sets or batches of cars will be identical (since, for example, the Keystones have different equipment needs than Regionals). 75 6-car sets would be 450 cars; 750 8-car sets would be 600 cars; and 750 10-car sets would be 750 cars. The ultimate order could take many forms, and it seems like Amtrak is trying to keep as many doors open as possible for now.
  10. And of course, if they check their inventory and then tell Connecticut that it will be $2m/yr for each additional car they dig up, CT probably has the ability to pass. I agree with MARC cars. I also think that there's some other equipment out there that could be acquired (as discussed before), but almost regardless of what is put into service, CT clearly needs to find some equipment (whether it is RDCs/DMUs or generic cars). They might seriously want to look at just flat-out re-equipping the Shuttles rather than playing a version of the Match Game with Amfleets, Metroliners, and other cars.
  11. Would writing to any representatives suggesting the lease of MARC cars make any difference?
  12. @Brian_tampa Could we get a link to the source for that? As to the numbers, here's what we have: October: 60,013 riders, $1.0m revenue November: 80,660 riders, $1.5m revenue December: 98,076 riders, $2.2m revenue Total: 238,749 riders, $4.7m revenue I can't speak to exact details, but it feels as though we ended up with option "C" being the closest to the mark. The situation with weekend ridership will be interesting to see going into January...Brightline cites "seasonal event trains" as part of the growth, but invariably some of that came at the expense of weekend ridership due to equipment requirements, so things are a bit funky there. Noting that there were "normal" operations for the first weekend-and-a-half of November, the adjustment to a 5% rise in ridership probably"actually" translates into about 6%. Unfortunately, Brightline redid their website this week, and I'm still getting used to running load checks on the new site.
  13. Arbitrator orders railway company to reinstate train engineer involved in Lac-Megantic tragedy https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/arbitrator-orders-railway-company-to-reinstate-train-engineer-involved-in-lac-megantic-tragedy-1.4262810#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=Facebook&_gsc=e532hvh
  14. Wonderful News Guys! Best to Rosie!
  15. FrensicPic

    YouTube Channels

    Here's the camera set up...GoPro Hero 3+ Silver ...
  16. Bob Dylan

    YouTube Channels

    Yep, Cameras,Film etc etc.
  17. cocojacoby

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Looks like the VIA version of the Siemens coach will have single doors more like Amfleet II. VIA.pdf
  18. There's no overnight storage available for someone to hold something at CUS. If you don't want to worry about having to manage the coats and boots during your layover in WAS, you could check them through in Chicago to Miami. (You may be able to check them back to Chicago as well, but if your bag is delayed you're stuck without a coat or boots, and you may have to come back to Chicago to get the bag as well if it doesn't arrive before your connecting train leaves.) Bags can be stored during your layover in Chicago and DC. In Chicago, the Metropolitan Lounge is available. In DC, the ClubAcela is available. Both have self-service unsecured luggage rooms, though they're only accessible after checking in at the lounge. They're generally safe, though I wouldn't leave anything that's obviously high-value in there and visible.
  19. cocojacoby

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Some info for you:  Standardized coach with flexibility for customer needs, complies with ADA requirements  85’ long, 10’6’’ wide and 14’ high car body made from stainless steel with flat sidewalls & tapered roof  Modern roof mounted HVAC system and optimized air distribution ensuring passenger comfort  Four wide sliding-plug side doors offering ease of entry & reducing dwell times  Fabricated truck with air spring suspension for substantially improved ride quality & derailment safety  Semi-permanent coupled gangways ensuring free passage between cars  125 mph service speed
  20. I think some clarification is needed. Are you asking if you can leave things in the lounge baggage check from Monday till Sunday? If this is the case then I'll say no. If you're asking is it possible to leave your luggage there during each individual layover then absolutely! Once I came in on the Cap left my bags and left that night on the Card. Another time I arrived on the LSL and left on the Cap same day. DC has a nice luggage storage area in the lounge behind check in.
  21. Austruck

    Writers' Residencies

    Does it eventually start working properly? I even tried asking Julie the Virtual Assistant. Her assistance was virtually nil.
  22. Austruck

    Writers' Residencies

    I could call it "Derailed." I'll keep trying. The deadline is Jan. 31, so I've got a more than a week left. I'll start panicking a week from now.
  23. I believe that we know what it means.
  24. Regarding baggage storage at the Chicago Metropolitan lounge, the room is on the far right of the front reception area. There is no longer an attendant there so its all self service. In several years of using that lounge we haven't experienced any problems but if it makes you feel better, you could always bring a bicycle lock and hitch your luggage to the racks. IMO the metro lounge at Chicago is the best that Amtrak has. There is complimentary soda, juice, sparkling water, coffee, tea, cappuccino/espresso and occasional fruits, vegetables and cheeses. Wine can often be purchased there as well. When you are at NOL the Magnolia room (lounge) offers a private waiting area w coffee but not much else. D.C is pretty nice but all they have there is soda , pretzels and fish shaped crackers. Whatever lounge you are in during a layover, its certainly better than being out in the crowded station..
  25. But what does that mean for the other full service "single night" trains like the Silver Meteor and the Crescent?
  26. cpotisch

    YouTube Channels

    I take it "traditional" means "film". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_versus_film_photography
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