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    Amtrak in the Movies

    What about the movie, "Loose Cannons" with Gene Hackman and Dan Akyroyd? If you don't own the film "Narrow Margin", then I suggest you go buy it. It's a classic story on board a train. I cannot rave enough great reviews on the film because this is not a film review website, lol....so, you'll just haveta see for yourself. But, if you like action, suspense, and drama, BUY IT!
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    Lake Shore Limited

    Hi all. It's been a while since I've been here, but it's great to be back, and see that this website is growing more and more. I have a general question regarding the train speed on #449 between Boston,MA and Albany, NY. Just simply what is it? I heard that train speeds between Framingham, MA and Back BAy Station can reach 90mph? Is that true. Does the LSL hit 79mph after Schenectady? Any information would be appreciated.
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    Lake Shore Limited

    Thanks for that information P40. But, have you noticed when you look at the schedule for #449, that it takes about 40 minutes or so to travel from Albany, NY to Schenectady, NY? Why is that? Rough trackage as well? Also, checck out number #3's schedule between Kansas City, MO and Lawrence, KS - the first stop after Kansas City, MO. Why does it take train number #3 about two and a half hours just to go about 40 miles or so? Is there something I'm missing? LOL
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    Lake Shore Limited

    What is the Post Road Branch??
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    Buying A "GPS" Handheld

    anyone know where i can find & how i can download a railroad map of lsl and sw chief routes into my gps system???
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    Buying A "GPS" Handheld

    thx amfleet, it comes with a built in road map but i don't really know much about how to use it yet or how detailed the map is.
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    My Upcoming Trip To Sin City

    See! That's why I don't trust the bay! lol oh no
  8. Hiya guys & gals, Yay! I'm so excited! March, 08, 2003 is the date that me and my mother will be departing for Las Vegas, NV via Needles, CA. We will be leaving Boston's South Station at 9:50AM, and arriving into Las Vegas, NV at 4:45AM, via a connection with the Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach Service, i.e. Commuter Carriers. We're staying seven nights, but want to be prepared for our tarin trip as best we can. I have a scanner I want to bring with me, but I am not exactly sure which frequencies to "plug-in" to my scanner, either for the LSL or SC. We are taking Deluxe Bedroom (letter B as in Bob) on the Viewliner, and Deluxe Bedroom (letter E as in Eric) on the Superliner. I just hope I get a Super. 2. So, any hints, tips, or some last minute suggestions are welcomed. The more, the better. I was thinking of bringing my own food on board the train, to be a little economical (I mean, I'm going to lose it anyways I think, at the slots, lol ), but I'm not planning on bringing a lot of food either. I'm really looking forward to the first half of the trip between say Bos-Cleveland. I am not afraid to admit though, that I'm deathly afraid of crossing Sandusky Bay though, so when I get to that point, if I'm too wound up to be sleeping, then I think I'll just close my eyes real tight and just close the curtain too. I am aware that there can be high winds across the bay as the train goes over the narrow section of track steadily, which can sometimes add to the sway. yes, I know what your going to say. The LSL does it everyday, going over it I mean. But I'm not on it on all the other days. Oh well, I think it'll be great, but I'm not expecting too much in the form of Customer Service, in though were in first class. First class on the LSL will be wayyyy different than on the SW Chief from what I gather. So, wish me luck. I'll post a travellogue if I can manage a tranquelizer before I go. TTYGS!
  9. what is all this talk about the microsoft train simulator? what is it? where can i download it, and will it cots me anything to download it? still didn't get a definite answer really to how fast the speed limit is between albany, ny and cleveland, oh. did someone say 110? i donno about that?
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    Hey, Viewliner...

    Am I the only Colts fan in here then? "Oh well, Peyton - maybe next year."
  11. I suppose I should announce now that were on the subject of Vegas, that I would mention, that I will be going there this upcoming March 2003 (yay!). Commuter carriers is a van service I thought though, is it not? They should definately reinstate the Desert Wind, but I know that they won't. Reality Bites! BTW, should I get a deluxe bedroom or family bedroom? Which is a better choice if YOU GUYS had to choose??
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    what & where?

    so, wait, I have a question, or another one should I say (haha, surprising, huh?). From what I've read, you can "pretend" that your driving the Empire Builder? That sounds way cool! I'll have to get it as a late christmas gift to myself! But, my question is really..can I, like, make as if I'm engineering the LSL between, say, Albany, NY and Buffalo, NY. How does the game allow you to do this? I don't want to buy something just yet, that, even though it may have some reasonable directions to follow, that it may be a little harder for us "slower computer game guys", (I'll say), to comprehend and understand.
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    Rough Trackage

    Hi All, Me being from Massachusetts, and reading a tidbit of information that I read the other day caught me at odds. I know that just outside of Chicago, IL, from I think somewhere between Chicago and Naperville - there is what the train crew would call "rough spots" or "rough tracks". I'm wondering if anyone else here knows anything about these things or what defines exactly "rough tracks" as oposed to normal railroading conditions. Recently, I read that the trackage outside Boston is a little rough, but I'm snot sure which line. Maybe it's the LSL line which is the Framingham line for the MBTA? Who knows. Any answers? Lastly, I think I had asked this before, but maybe not, so I'll ask it again. Does anyone have an estimate of the LSL average speed persay between Boston and Buffalo, NY? Any information would be appreciated, and I would be surprised if someone told me that it's 60-70mph. in between Worcester and Springfield? Also, be sure to check out Viewliners' new web site. It's cool and it's just what I was looking for to add to my own personal collection of Amtrak pics. I'm sure that anyone who's a real train fan will love this site as well. Keep up the good work, but just a suggestion View - try to get some more interior pics. I know it's hard, so I'll understand if you can't, but congratulations on a job well done with your site.
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    Boston South Station

    That point by Amfleet is a good one about maybe using Route 128 or Back Bay if you feel uncomfortable at South Station. I'm wondering if the Club Acela Metro Lounge is heated and air conditioned?
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    why not 1st class coach

    Halelujah jc, great points made.
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    Old Amtrak Schedules

    Hiya All, Just wanted to inquire on how I can read or get some old schdules of Amtraks from the early to mid 90's. Every link that I seem to scrounge up is either outdated, or no longer exists. Is there a place that does have them, and/or am I just not looking in the right spot? Also, is it possible for a person, such as myself persay, travelling with someone else, to book the Accessible Deluxe Bedroom on my trip, even though I am not disabled? The reason I ask this is because I think that, while the deluxe rooms themselves may have a lot more room than the standard rooms, my goal is to really have as much room as possible, so that it will eliminate any sort of claustraphobic feeling brought on by the long train trip journey, (or that it will reduce it for both of us some). If it is booked, I would completely understand though, as well, as I do know that Amtrak does try to keep these rooms available for only disabled people, so that is where my question comes into play.
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    Old Amtrak Schedules

    If I was to want to take a sneak peek of each city as we go through, can i step off my sleeping car, out onto the platform, just to look around for a second or two to take it all in, or should I just watch from my window?
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    Your Dream Consist

    Viewliner, Is any viewliner car any better than the other? Or have they all been through the ringer pretty much? I.E., Is Bay View just as good as Eastern view? lol Late Shore
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    Superliner I's & II's

    Hey All, How can you tell the difference between a Superliner I or a Superliner II sleeping car, other than by the state names. Is that how you distinguish the difference, with the state names on the side of the rail car, I mean? For me, it's just too hard to tell as I personally have never been within a state or two of a Superliner car being from Mass. I think if Amtrak made some major construction changes, maybe we could get the Superliner train cars to come into South Station in Boston, and to NY Penn as well? Also, while we are on the subject of speed, does anyone have a guess to estimate maybe the average speed of the LSL out of Boston thru to Chicago. Is it 79 mph. after Schenectady, NY or... ?
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    Virtual Amtrak

    why cant i see the photos?
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    Thanks again Viewliner!
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    Viewliner, Those are some EXCELLENT pics. Just what I needed to confirm a few things about the deluxe room. Great.
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    Viewliner, Which diner am I most likely to see on the LSL out of Albany since their is no diner out of Beantown? AND WHERE ELSE CAN I GET SOME PICS OF THE VIEWLINER DELUXE BEDROOMS. ANYTHING AT ALL. I'VE SEEN THE ONES HERE, THEYRE GREAT. KEEP IT UP. BUT I NEED MORE. DETAILS. DETAILS. AND MORE DETAILS.
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    Favorite Rail Movie

    What year was "North by Northwest"? I forget, but my mind keeps uttering 1947??
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    More Popular?

    Hey all, Which train do you think is more popular? The California Zephyr or the Southwest Chief? Based upon my "research" of sleeping car accomodations on the chief, at most times of the year, they are very high on that train. But quantity doesn't necessairily mean quality. I think the Zephyr holds an edge because of the scenery in the Rocky mountains and even the scenery in eastern Utah (which is what I'm looking for ward to most of all when I do go to Las Vegas in February, even though it's mostly mountain ranges, but the Book Cliffs must be a sight! ), however, on the other hand, the Chief has it's own brand of fans as it traverses the old Route 66 from what I understand. Thats where you come in. which do YOU think is a more popular, or which train has the better service, or is just plain ol' better than it's cousin? The other question is this. Does anyone here know more than the basics of the 6 and one-half mile long Moffat Tunnel in Colorado? I know when it was built and all, but what I'm wondering is, hey, should I bring a flashlight? I'm not overly fond of tunnels as you can tell. Does the Zephyr climb grades while traversing the tunnel inside? And, does it ever occur that the train would have to stop "on a siding" inside to let another train pass? Any additional infor mation would be greatly appreciated.