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    Quincy, IL
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    Bicycling, computer programming, website development, concert band, train travel

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  1. PaulM

    Viewliner side for the Hudson

    It has always been 50-50. I'm currently on #49 in an even numbered roomette on the right (bad) side. The two NY sleepers are connected vestibule to vestibule; so one has even on the good side and the other odd. Now you have the nice diner/lounge to enjoy the view on both sides.
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    2019 Winter Park Ski Train

    Unless skiers are by nature masochistic, the Winter Park Ski Express must be a boon for Winter Park Ski Resort. I just received a text from my son stuck in a long line in the parking lot at Loveland Ski Resort just trying to get onto I70 to head back to Denver .
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    2019 Winter Park Ski Train

    Wouldn't the business model be more like state supported trains rather than charters. The states pay; but Amtrak sells the tickets.
  4. I'd add a another box. If you are going to force passengers to queue to have tickets checked prior to boarding, how about inside, not out on the platform no matter how cold the weather. Or adding to the digital sign board an announcement as to when queuing starts.
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    Multi-city vs one-way booking

    I think it has gotten smarter. I tried Tampa to NYP departing Jan10 and NYP to CHI departing Jan 11. If I select the bus - Silver Meteor option for segment 1 and LSL for segment 2, all is well. But if I select the Silver Star for segment 1, I get because the Start doesn't arrive in time the next day to connect with the LSL
  6. Until recently that link would have gotten you an "Under construction" page because the part that sends email alerts had been generating spam. I lost interest in Amtrak so I never tried to track down the cause. I merely took it down. I now find I want to track a couple of itineraries so I came up with a way to generate email alerts using Windows' task scheduler, rather than cron jobs on the web hosting service. For that reason the fare watch program is back online, but doesn't itself send emails. If you are interested in further details, please PM me..
  7. The long lines you saw must have been coach passenger, especially those heading for a NER train. Boarding 97 from Club Acela will just be a small group leisurely doing the kindergarten walk. Besides, if you have a sleeper, what's the hurry? Of course a redcap would be useful if you want a ride or help with baggage.
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    Bike stuff

    You can add Mt. Pleasant, IA to the list. I do have a question about MTP. It is one of those stations that lost its agent in the latest downsizing. Recently at train time someone was performing agent duties, filling out baggage claim checks, including bikes; letting people know when the train is approaching, which side of the double track to stand on, and where the coaches and sleepers were located;wheeling checked baggage out to the baggage car; and in general making like an agent. After checking my bike ticket, he took it from me and did the rest. Is it possible that Amtrak is hiring someone just to help out at train time? Agents may not be selling as many ticket anymore; but there services are sure needed at train time at places like MTP.
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    Business Class in the west?

    Add 38X to that. In Illinois there is a farm road every mile. At 79 mph that's about every 45 seconds. It seems that by the time the engineer is finished the 4 blasts, he's starting over again. This is just another way Amtrak disses its premium passengers.
  10. I'm slow getting back; but you can marked this one as answered.. I did the unmentionable and booked a flight from Quincy, IL to Orlando changing in Chicago, only my second domestic flight in 25 years. $125 plus baggage.
  11. Looks fine now. I guess I was being sarcastic. No diner on one of the choices to Florida, a cheesy consist, contemporary food, baggage service dumped at two of my Florida stops - Sebring and Hollywood - and at stations I frequently use - FMD, MTP, LMY, threat to cancel a train I frequently use - SW Chief. I used to enjoy planning trips; now it's just depressing.
  12. PaulM

    Unsold sleepers

    Low bucket is not exactly "next to nothing" The real issue is why they don't at least advertise the empty sleeper and sell it for a price is not next to nothing. After all, they have no problem hawking hot dogs.
  13. Whoever changed the title missed the point. I wrongly took for granted everyone knew what I meant by rump consist in January. In 2016 it was single engine, two sleepers, diner, lounge, coach, coach-bag. In 2017 it was single engine, coach-bag, coach, diner, lounge, two sleepers. In the past it didn't go into effect until a week or so into January and lasted at least a month. So the normal consist in October or July was not what I was looking for.
  14. I'm planning to go from the Midwest to Florida in mid January. Does anyone have advanced notice where the sleepers will be locating on the Capitol Limited's rump consist? Three years ago (2016) the only thing separating me from the horn was another bedroom; and it made me think I was a fool for not flying. Two years ago (2017) I inquired of Amtrak and was told the sleepers would be in the rear. So I booked, no problem. A search found an AU thread that seemed to say they were back in the front for 2018. So, any predictions for 2019?