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  1. Over the many years that I've been riding Amtrak and following things, I've seen many service disruption notices and as luck would have it, I've even been the victim of a few of them. But this is the first time I've ever seen one of these. :lol
  2. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I must report the passing of my long time friend and long time AU member Joe Hess. Joe had been a member here for many years, made many friends, helped many people with Amtrak, and had served for many years helping to plan the annual AU Gatherings. It wasn't at all unusual for Joe to travel into Chicago simply to say "hi" to an AU member who happened to be passing through Chicago. And of course he attended many of the AU Gatherings, as well as several OTOL Fests. And there was the infamous trip that Joe took along with another long time Au member, Joe Gore, where they rode Amtrak trains on and off for like a year chasing down places to eat good food and to hoist a beer (or two) as they celebrated their love of trains. They even commissioned special shirts for the event!! :lol I don't have too many details yet, and the info that I do have comes to me from Joe Gore. So thanks Joe Gore! I do know that Joe Hess just celebrated his 64th birthday last week while visiting with the other Joe. He then returned to his home in Michigan. Apparently he was having breathing difficulties and called a friend to drive him to the hospital yesterday, were sadly he passed away and headed off for his final & eternal train ride. I'm going to request that the current leadership please consider adding Joe to the Honored Members group as I think his long history with AU, as well as his service as a Committee Member for many years, warrants his inclusion in that group. Joe was a good friend to so many of us here at AU and he will truly be missed!!!!!! :( May every train run on time now for you Joe and I hope that heaven is full of train whistles for you!! RIP my friend!!!
  3. What my poor car looks like .
  4. Hah!! Alas, this client is a hour away by driving. By train it requires a subway ride, a Metro North ride, and a bus ride and close to 2-1/2 hours of travel time. But I do wish I could take the train there!!!
  5. Then it's been moved is the last few years, because I was in the office a few years ago when our Gathering group got a yard & tower tour.
  6. Correct, Amtrak owns from just east of the Lumber Street Bridge through to Union Station, and AFAIk out the other side (north) of Union Station up to the diamonds where the tracks cross the leads coming out of Olgilvie Station. They also own a small bit of track running west, basically the wye they use to turn trains up until the start of BNSF territory. The dispatch office for all of this, as well as the Michigan line sits below the tower in the Lumber Street Yard. .
  7. I can assure you that Dutchrailnut doesn't condone trespassing! He's been a railroad man for many years and is well aware of all the carnage that has occurred on the tracks because people have trespassed.
  8. Still not working via the website; although the website is operational. Booked my tix via the App, a pain since it only remembers my info. Had to type in all the info for my mom.
  9. AlanB

    Allentown Service

    I was out visiting my sister this weekend in Allentown and on our way back from watching a band festival, since I wasn't driving, I took a good look at things. While it would probably not be possible to restore through service to the Allentown station; there would be no major problem restoring service to the station from the east, the topic of this discussion While there are currently no tracks next to the station, NS still has an active line only a few hundred feet away from the station. Yes, they'd have to put in a new switch and build a few hundred feet of track to reach the station, and perhaps remove part of a parking lot. But it really wouldn't be a big deal to restore service from the Allentown station running east to NY City.
  10. If you are trying to claim that Europe and most of the rest of world has airport "security" with the iron fist & draconian regime of the USA and their TSA then you are wrong on almost every level. ​Remember the US isn't the only country which has issues with terrorists and for most of us hasnt resulted in giving up all our civil liberties and privacy up like your good selves. Jishnu's post that you quoted was in response to KmH's post at the top of the page. Knowing Jishnu IRL, and knowing that he's a frequent world traveler both for business & personal travel, I can assure you that he knows what security is like around the globe.
  11. AlanB

    Transition Sleeper room locations

    Neither of the transition sleepers I rode had an H room; there was a dressing room and shower in that location. I'm not saying no transition sleeper has an H room, but certainly not all have it. That is correct, there are a few Trans/Dorms that don't have an H room. The majority do have the H room; but I believe a few of the earliest off the line were configured instead with a men's bathroom, with attached shower and a ladies powder room with attached shower in place of the H room.
  12. AlanB

    viewliner carry ons

    The rolling suitcase that I normally travel with is 14 inches wide, stands 23 inches tall, and is 7 inches thick. If I had two of those bags, I could just barely fit both of them side by side in the cubbyhole above the hall. The same sized bag can also fit underneath your seats. One bag could be a little wider than mine by maybe an inch or two, the other I’d say could be approximately 5 or 6 inches wider. They could not be much taller or thicker and still fit underneath the seats. There is also room for a shoulder bag next to the larger of the two seats. If you need anything more than that, then I would recommend checking some luggage and letting it go into the baggage car. And Zephyr's suggestion of lowering the upper bed is spot on!! With regard to the Bedroom, not only do you still have the cubbyhole above the hallway, but you can place bags on top of the shower/sink/vanity unit. One could probably fit 2 foot lockers on top of that unit.
  13. AlanB

    Cocktails on PPC

    Business class is allowed into the PPC on the Coast Starlight.
  14. AlanB

    Allentown Service

    Well NJT has said more than once that the Lackawana cutoff isn't exactly a priority for them, they have bigger fish to fry. Projects that benefit more NJ residents than the Lack cutoff. But they are moving towards it, even if it is slowly. That said, it's not like PA is exactly rushing to do anything on their side of the river to prepare for resuming service and while perhaps Jishnu will correct me, I don't think that PA has exactly rushed to the table to negotiate a contract with NJT to actually run a service into PA.
  15. AlanB

    Allentown Service

    The primary user for any Allentown service would be commuter rail; which would most likely be run by NJT assuming financial help from PA. I don't think that Amtrak is really interested in running service from Allentown to NY. I read things as Amtrak was offering to run a demonstration train to promote interest in restoring service; not that Amtrak wants to run service. Assuming that is correct, then Amtrak's right of access wouldn't apply anyhow, since they won't be running the service.