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  1. While crawl is a word often associated with train travel, pub crawl is not exactly the same thing!
  2. Stops are on the timetable and most of them are pretty quick. There are service and crew change stops that are longer, you will see them as arrive/depart, if the train is running late, they can be shortened, follow crew instructions fully when stepping off at any stop where it is permitted. I'm not sure what the timetable looks like in terms of which stations are the longer ones and don't really remember station services and times except for WAS (power swap). The best recommendation is to bring along what you expect to use in terms of snacks and drinks. Enough to enjoy - not get in trouble.......
  3. Personal alcohol may be consumed in your own room. You can't bring it to the diner or lounge.
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    AMTRAK locomotive livery

    The great catch is: "sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't" or the simple "it depends" That is part of the problem. If I put the football game on my TV and have friends over to watch, that's fine, if I charge admission or advertise that the game is on (like a bar might) I might owe a rights fee since the broadcast is licensed for "non commercial use" Not widely enforced but certainly real. I used to work in a skating rink. I could go to the store and by a popular record (remember those!) to play, if I played it at home, fine, but because we played it for an admission paying public, we paid for an ASCAP license to play music. Radio stations also pay royalties on the songs they play. On the other hand, there are certain things that are permitted under various provisions of laws covering "fair use" and public property. Most (not all) people who are not looking to profit from their work are happy with an acknowledgement of their effort, and that is certainly not unfair.
  5. The interesting thing is even being on a very crowded Lake, when my sleeper was next to the bag, looking in, it didn't seem like it was that full. Lots of bags in the overheads and piled up at the ends of the cars. That was only one trip so it is by no means defining, but I'd love to see actual counts.
  6. Is the bag load light enough to permit use of the B-D on the NY section? I don't know, just throwing it out there.
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    AMTRAK locomotive livery

    Intellectual property law is one of the major growth areas in corporate law in recent years. It is too easy in today's era of easy access to forget that IP is exactly that, property. It can be bought, sold, licensed, or be in the public domain. A very large amount of material is "out there" where the rights owners are ok with non commercial re-use, but require either prior permission or attribution (or both). Not uncommon today is the reissue of old tv programs or movies where some of the music has to be changed because original licensing of songs may not have covered a use that did not exist at the time, and ownership of rights has changed hands for one of many reasons, and it may not be possible to secure an agreement in an economically feasible or timely manner. Watch a TV show (such as a courtroom show) and you will often see a brand name blanked out on clothing or on a device. We also see artists who object to the use of likenesses or music in association with that which they find objectionable. Violations of various aspects of IP laws, rules, and regulations, are extremely common, most are inadvertent, the result of lack of understanding, or knowledge, but commercial or profit making reuse can result in lawsuits, often of major proportions. The greatest majority of property owners have no problem with non commercial reuse, but retain the right for it to be on their terms, it is something we should all be more sensitive to. If I borrow something from a friend, be it ladder, OBD scanner, or anything for that matter, of course I wouldn't take it unless they told me it was ok, and I would say "thank you" when done. Why should IP be different?
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    AMTRAK locomotive livery

    I have some pictures of 42 and 642 from my Crescent trip a few years ago, but these are much better since mine come from WAS during change and its pretty dingy.
  9. They have a renovation going on and tour capacity is very limited....
  10. Newseum, Holocaust Museum, WW2 Museum are also points of interest in DC that might resonate with people with an international perspective.
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    Viewliner Roomette Toilets

    Small bags also fit in the over hall space, and on top of the step/toilet works, and iirc there is a hook and strap on the opposite end.
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    AMTRAK locomotive livery

    They were built as, certified as, and operated as F40 series locomotives. and are still used to control a train, notwithstanding those that also carry bags.406 got an HEP generator for the exhibit train.
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    Viewliner Roomette Toilets

    The AM 2 lounges have undergone changes over time. I've ridden in the when they had the disgusting gas chambers, as the temp diner on the lake, and more recently as the cafe/lounge on the silvers and the crescent. I just can't recall the rr situation, I always had them available in the sleepers...
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    Viewliner Roomette Toilets

    I think in this case they have a travel partner....that makes the upper moot. I travel solo and I always use it as a shelf.....
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