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  2. Since they are Class A equipment (if tilt is enabled) no reason they would not operate at speeds permitted for Class A I would think.
  3. Same here! Your credit score improves with full ontime payments. That’s why I have a high FICO score.
  4. Yeah, in the four or so trips I took since after the rerouting, I have never ahd two engines, and this is over several years and one trip in the depth of Winter.
  5. Well, it's official. The decorations will be rearranged. https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2018/12/17/holland-tunnel-christmas-decorations-2/ Here is something that jars me: So, they operate some of the most expensive crossings in the United States and some of the most run down airports and people are concerned about a tree? Additionally, this tidbit from another article really makes me scratch my head: https://abc7ny.com/society/holland-tunnel-decorations-poll-results-to-be-released/4915707/ THIS hurts your brain and distracts you as you drive? If you're paying attention to the road and the swirling traffic as about 10-12 lanes merge into 2 lanes in a tunnel, these decorations wouldn't be a thought in your mind. No wonder why NJ has some of the highest car insurance rates in the nation. If this is enough to distract you while you drive, your license should be put in a blender.
  6. Mystic River Dragon

    Red cap question

    The only place I have used red caps regularly is in Philly--I usually tip $3 if I have a suitcase. I tip $2 if I have just asked to tag along so I can get down to the platform before the crowd (and some of my wonderful red cap friends in Philly have tried to refuse that!). However, that might not be considered enough in NY. Also, I don't like that they got you a red cap after you specifically said you didn't need one--that sounds like a plan to get them more tips (although I am perhaps being cynical), and in that case I would not have tipped. Two ideas for the future: I always keep some singles in my pocket just for situations like this--where you might want to tip someone but didn't realize it was going to come up. Also, I think I would be more inclined to tip a red cap in a smaller station, where they may not get many tips, than in a huge place like NY, where I'm sure they do just fine.
  7. They haven't routinely operated with two diesels in the winter since the train was rerouted.
  8. Thirdrail7

    Red cap question

    It depends on what they do and their demeanor. Red Cap service is free of charge. You are in no way obligated to tip them. Therefore, it is as your discretion although I would give them nothing before I gave them a quarter or penny. I mean, you didn't even have a bag. Maybe a five but I wouldn't have given anything....especially since I didn't ask. *** Full disclosure***- I have an almost borderline irrational, longstanding grudge against the NYP red caps despite the fact the rotten apples are probably long gone.
  9. jebr

    Roomette for Partial Trip

    You can certainly do that. The pricing may not be much cheaper, but you may save a bit of money. On that particular segment, I'd suggest looking at either Williston or Minot as the transfer point; both are stops that are a bit longer and thus would give you more time to move. Minot is the longer of the two stops, but it's later in the evening and significant lateness could make it a late-night transfer instead of an evening transfer. It may help to do a multi-city booking; that way it's all on one ticket and if there's any through pricing it'll factor that in automatically. You won't necessarily need to get off the train and go back on, though you may find that easier to do. Especially during meal times, if you're in the sleeper cars for train #8 (usually cheaper) you'll find it much easier to go outside than try and go through the dining car. The one sleeper on the train #28 section is on the rear of the train, so that may be easier to transfer to from inside, especially if the conductor lets you board in the rear coach. (Note that for your segment of the trip, trains #8 and #28 are connected together and essentially the same train, just different locations for sleeper passengers on the different train numbers. When traveling in coach, the train number makes no difference as to where you're seated.)
  10. I don't carry balances (ever ever ever!) or incur fees, either, but the credit card companies seem to like me just fine.
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  12. One other interesting local development that may be a similar situation - it appears the Vermonter is running with only one engine this winter (normally they run two in the winter) I guess they’re getting serious about saving fuel.
  13. lordsigma

    Red cap question

    I was just wondering what is the customary tip for a red cap? Today I was at NY ClubAcela and they got me a red cap even though I said I didn’t need one (and had no baggage) but i got the early boarding advantage as a result but felt bad as I didn’t have any cash to tip as I wasn’t expecting it them to send one. Just wondering for future reference!
  14. Devil's Advocate

    Taking my first trip: A bunch of questions

    If you have a twenty or thirty minute stop and you're an alert person with good situational awareness then it's no big deal to leave the platform. I would recommend being back on the platform at least five minutes before scheduled departure because every once in a blue moon they'll close up and move the train forward a few minutes early for some reason. The train will technically be in the station area but with the doors closed and moved beyond the boarding platform. That being said, sometimes a long stop becomes a short stop if the train is running late and if you screw up even a tiny bit Amtrak will not hold the train and it could be a day or more before the next trains shows up.
  15. Got it. Sounds like a collapsible cooler is in order.
  16. I'm looking at booking a trip from Whitefish, MT to Chicago next summer. The lowest price roomettes are almost booked up for the dates I'm looking at. Since I'm boarding the train at 7:20am I don't really need the roomette until the evening when I want to sleep (yes I do know I get meals included all day included with the roomette). I'm wondering if I can book a coach ticket for most of the day and a roomette at a lower price starting at one of the later stops. Obviously I would need two separate tickets. Can this be done? And if so, would I actually need to get off the train and then get right back on in one of the sleeper cars? Or could I just walk through the train to the sleeper car at the appropriate stop?
  17. OlympianHiawatha

    Toys For Tots Train Sees Hope

    The Es and Fs, along with most of the other similarly shaped locos are among the classiest looking diesels and to this day, if you ask someone to sketch or draw a train, the engine will likely have that classic shape.
  18. jis

    $Billion VIA Order to Siemens?

    That is a Scharfenberg Coupler, which is now pretty standard equipment on many passenger trains in Europe. It simultaneously make connection of all control and communication cables and brake pipes, in addition to mechanically coupling the two trains together. Here is a video illustrating how it works:
  19. cpotisch

    Amtrak Cascades F59PHI's

    The Surfliner/Metra hybrid color sheme is actually sort of growing on me. I understand that the plan is to actually paint them in a proper Metra paint at some point, but this definitely could be worse.
  20. cpotisch

    Acela at NE Regional fares...really?

    Will they be traveling at Acela speeds? Acela reaches 135 mph south of NYP a couple times, right?
  21. NS VIA Fan

    $Billion VIA Order to Siemens?

    As of November 18 (current timetable) VIA has 27 consists in service in the Corridor: LRC-19, HEP-6 and Ren-2. Some consists are combined then split. For example: #60-#50 and #62-#52 are J-Trains (loco-cars + loco-cars) from Toronto to CN Perth (west of Brockville) where they split and run separately to Montreal and Ottawa….....and #41-#22 are P-Trains (loco-cars + cars-loco coupled back to back) as far as Fellowfield (Ottawa) where they separate. There’s also a couple of other combined trains depending on the day of the week.
  22. cpotisch

    Toys For Tots Train Sees Hope

    Those locos are just so beautiful. Annoyingly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person.
  23. Can you post a link to that video? I’m not seeing it on the Cunard site...
  24. For starters it assumes that the last roomette is sold out on every trip of the year.
  25. cpotisch

    $Billion VIA Order to Siemens?

    Oh wow, I didn’t realize the nose can just automatically rotate and retract out of the way. I thought it had to be removed altogether. Is it correct that that coupler design itself is very different from what we have in America? Because that is both quite a cool look, and quite satisfying to watch.
  26. Bob Dylan

    SAC Station

    Renovations finished,no Food Court. But there is a Starbucks close to the Station and Old Sacramento on the River by the Rail Museum has several touristy/fast food options available.
  27. Rail Freak

    SAC Station

    It's been a few years since I went thru SAC. Have they finished renovations? Do they have a food court? Thanx RF
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