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  1. My wife and I travel together and thus, in a roomette, one of us will be facing forward and one backwards. I have found that facing backwards has some advantages. When facing forwards, often by the time you see something of interest it flies by, while it stays in view longer when facing backwards.
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    Rocky Mountaineer New Equipment

    The Rocky Mountaineer has an open vestibule where you can stand. The domes however, don’t allow the forward view. The Canadian, however, has the vista domes ( not sure that’s the correct terminology) and at least one car between.
  3. I have been on the CL only once and talked to crew about the “fresh” choices. The crew wasn’t happy about the change from traditional dining and encouraged us to make an adverse report. They also all expressed concern that this would be the model going forward on all trains. The new menu looks to be an improvement over what they started with but falls far short of what traditional dining is or could be, in my opinion.
  4. People in Maryland have shopped in Delaware for years to avoid Maryland sales taxes (Delaware has no sales tax). That being said, the person is supposed to self report and pay the taxes but I doubt if anyone does. Ohio used to have revenue agent stake out Northern Kentucky liquor stores and the follow cars back across the bridges and arrest them for being in possession of "untaxed" liquor!
  5. Most of the really boring scenery (I.e. the tunnel of trees in S.C. , N.C. and southern Virginia) is done at night. Try driving I 95 and you'll appreciate getting to sleep through this section. I agree with Penny about the Florida scenery and also the Northern Va. to New York Penn Station scenery.
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    New River Train 2018

    Thanks for the great report and pictures. It's a shame Cincinnati never gets to see passenger trains in daylight! I always enjoy your reports. Hope all is going well for you.
  7. I was in the cockpit, bent over so I could see out the window. The pilot pointed out a speck on the horizon which he said was Long Island. After a short time when Long Island was just ahead of us, he told me that we would be landing in 15 minutes etc. At that point I'm not sure of our altitude at the time but at the start of my time in the cockpit, the curvature of the earth was clearly visible. No, we were not over the Chesapeake Bay. I lived in Maryland for 13 years, am a sailor and sailed the bay extensively, so there is no way. Further, I was surprised enough by his statement to wonder whether we were going to land at Kennedy instead of Dulles. We did land at Dulles but I can't tell you the time it took but it was not a long time but 15 minutes?, I don't have any way to know.
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    It’s Time We Stood Up to Amtrak

    I have heard that before but if revenue from sleeper passengers is based upon consumption, then it is clearly an incorrect method of accounting for revenue for F&B. As indicated before, the cost of meals for sleeper passengers is included in the room charge. If there is one passenger, and that passenger skips all meals, under a revenue based upon consumption, there is no revenue to offset F&B costs. In reality, the passenger who doesn’t eat or eats little, actually has a positive impact upon costs and results in potentially a greater chance for profitability. The revenue, which is actually the amount of the sleeper charge covering the meals ( as I mentioned above - this should properly reflect an allocation for potential passengers in the room). If they are allocating revenue based upon consumption, then they will never show a profit. The only reason to record consumption for sleeper passengers is to allocate costs. With regard to coach passengers, of course who actually pay separately from their ticket for the meals, consumption is a proper way to track revenue and costs.
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    It’s Time We Stood Up to Amtrak

    The secret to F&B profitability or not depends on two factors: 1. Costs 2. Revenue Without accurate accounting of each, one can’t evaluate what, if anything, needs to change. I have not heard anyone set forth how revenue for the sleeper passengers is allocated. Since the meals are part of the room charge, the question is how much is allocated to the F&B? Further, since the room charge is the same whether there is one or two ( possibly more in the family bedroom), an argument can be made that the F&B allocation should be enough to cover the maximum no in the room so that if there is only one in the room, there should be extra profit! The above is just theoretical since I’ve seen nothing to explain how revenue is determined.
  10. I’m still a fan of the old Carnegie Deli’s.
  11. Well, there was a digital readout board which showed altitude and speed. The pilot gave an interesting discussion of both and indicated that atmospheric conditions determined speed and altitude. I don’t recall the exact speed other than it was over 1,300 mph but the board definitely read 70,000 feet. As to the time to Dulles, as I said, I didn’t time it. My conversation with the pilot, however was memorable. When he said I would have to take my seat as we would be landing in fifteen minutes, I said: “I thought we were landing in Dulles,” and he replied: “We are!”, and we did, but I can’t say that we broke any laws of physics or FAA rules or that we, in fact, landed in fifteen minutes! It was however, a most memorable flight and, yes, it was long before 9/11.
  12. They still had it on our recent return from Wilmington to DFB but don’t have the pecan anymore.
  13. In fact, they were required to go to subsonic speed over land and you can doubt my report as you wish but my statement was an accurate quote of what the pilot told me. I did not take a stopwatch and check whether or not we actually landed in fifteen minutes. I was the last passenger to get the cockpit visit. I will say that the landing was awesome as it felt like being in a spaceship landing as the nose of the cockpit bent down and the plane seemed to be almost vertical (of course it wasn’t actually that steep), until the small wheels on the “stinger” touched and then the plane slowly settled down. An amazing trip at 1300+ mph and 70,000 feet. I was very fortunate to be traveling with our corporate president, otherwise, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity.
  14. I also had the opportunity to visit the flight deck on a BA Concorde flight from Heathrow to Dulles. I was impressed by how small it was (felt like I was in a Mercury capsule) and the remarkable view from 70,000 feet. It was awesome and when we were almost abreast of Long Island, the pilot advised me that I would have to return to my seat as we would be landing at Dulles in fifteen minutes.
  15. I’ve been in roomette 2 and 3 ( presently in 9) and all are fine. The call button will summon the attendant so it doesn’t matter how close their located.