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    Amtrak Cascades F59PHI's

    Would that be a GG1?, I don’t know the model name of the horn though.
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    I’m on 449(2) at Albany. I checked the “sleeper lounge” and it’s “Nashville”.
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    Thank you! Just one of those things that I'm just wondering about without any logical reason. I don't know which one you're on, but instead of you running around trying to find the name of a car that may not even be on the platform, 448(2) has the 68019 and 449(2) has the 68021. Happy Cpotisch? Thank you Third Rail, for posting the car numbers, I had a mental note to check the Viewliner diner/sleeper lounge but I forgot to do so. Train Freak I guess I saw your train heading through Springfield Station. I went to see the new consist and got video of it entering the station. Here's the video https://vimeo.com/273128489 Yep that’s the train I’m on. Thank you Lordsigma for sharing the video.
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    Glad to hear that they may have updated the offerings. I second other members' sentiments that sleeper passengers should at least be offered a complimentary "entree" from the cafe car if they don't like the selection in the Sleeper Lounge, but even if they don't do that, I'm happy that coach passengers are getting a bit of a break. Small request: could you possibly check to see which physical Viewliner II they're using as the Sleeper Lounge on your train? There's a plate on the back wall of the car that will say the year built and car number. I wasn’t able to see the car name/number as I would of had to of gone through business class. At the next “fresh air stop” I’ll walk back on the platform to find out the car name.
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    Amtrak's New "Fresh Choices" Dining on CL & LSL

    I just left Boston on the Lake Shore, and the cafe car attendant announced that there is some new items on the cafe car menu. I didn’t catch everything, but I caught that there’s some new sandwiches. So at least the cafe car menu got updated, might head back there later on to see what else is new.
  6. The major head scratcher with FLIRTs is figuring out a good way to handle high platforms. Even the higher floors over the trucks/bogies don’t seem to be nearly high enough. The double decker KISS manages with the middle level at the ends (Caltrain and Russia). Sent from my iPhone using Amtrak Forum Stadler is building both EMUs and a Bi-Mode Multiple Unit version of the Flirt for Abellio Greater Anglia in the UK, with high level boarding at 36 inches (915 mm) while the standard in the US is 48 inches (1,219 mm), so Stadler would have some experience with adapting the Flirt for high level platforms.
  7. Acela Express trainsets are Tier II complaint for a top speed of 150/160 M.P.H., while these cars are only designed to be Tier I complaint at a top speed of 125 M.P.H. So these two trains are in totally different safety classes. The RFP for the Acela replacements were also supposed to be EMUs so I believe that whatever problems that the FRA might of had are no longer valid.
  8. My guess is that the fra will request that cab cars be for crew and baggage only.I sincerely doubt that, as there are cab cars already in service at 125 m.p.h. in the northeast that do not have the baggage compartment between the passengers and the cab, as well being around 50 years old too. Sent from my iPhone using Amtrak Forum
  9. Gallery Cars are essentially a regular single level car with a extra reduced height floor added, with a single middle entrance. Sent from my iPhone using Amtrak Forum
  10. How I take the phrase “within the year” is before 2017 ends, which is even more impressive. Only 52 days remaining! Sent from my iPhone using Amtrak Forum
  11. According to Wikipedia the original trucks for the Genesis series were made by Krupp which is now owned by Siemens (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/GE_Genesis), I am unsure about who manufactures the trucks for CAF could it of been Columbus Castings? Sent from my iPhone using Amtrak Forum
  12. If I remembered correctly, Siemens designed the cars with the possibility of having traps, so they shouldn't have to re-engineer that. The only problem that they might have is if the states want the automatic gap filler that the Brightline cars have as they are located where the trap door would be, unless if they could be somehow implemented into the trap door.
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    HHP-8 starting to be retired now????

    Found the link http://www.caltrain.com/Assets/Caltrain+Modernization+Program/Documents/May+2016+Quarterly+Report.pdf (edit) its on the bottom of page 4
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    HHP-8 starting to be retired now????

    Is it possible for them to go to Caltrain? As I have read somewhere that they were thinking about getting a locomotive or 2 to test the overhead. I'll come back too say if I can find the place where I read that.
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    Amtrak Cleveland station to airport on rapid transit system

    Hello Jackie, if you are taking the Lake Shore you'll be arriving into Cleveland around 3:27 am, so you'll have to wait til sometime after 9:35 to catch the Light Rail to Tower City to transfer to the airport. Unfortunately, there is no service earlier than that to Tower City on the weekends. I would recommend taking a taxi or Uber to the airport or maybe to Tower City to transfer to the RTA Red Line. If the train does arrive late enough to take the RTA, you'll have to walk about 750 ft to the North Coast rapid station as the RTA only drops off passengers by request at the crossing from the Amtrak station to the platform.