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  1. bmjhagen9426

    2019 CA Zephyr Snow/Weather Delays

    5 (4) passed by Marconi/Arcade (North Sacramento/Arden-Arcade) at 4:28pm today with the usual off-peak consist (usually 2 P42, Viewliner Bag Car, Transdorm, 1 Sleeper, Diner, SSL, 2 Coaches). Expected 2.5hour delay into Sac Valley Station, and was behind a UP freight by about 10mins. Anyone know the cause of the delay?
  2. bmjhagen9426

    2019 CA Zephyr Snow/Weather Delays

    What caused the excessive delays on 5 (23), and where is that train at?
  3. bmjhagen9426

    California Zephyr weird rail route

    One conductor out of Denver described the pre-Moffat route as the "kind of like a Jacob's Ladder configuration"
  4. bmjhagen9426

    2019 CA Zephyr Snow/Weather Delays

    And the days prior, as well? Not surprised, as some work projects in Sac/Bay Area were rained out. Any new snow in the Sierra this week?
  5. bmjhagen9426

    Getting from Chicago Union to Chicago O'Hare?

    If you don't have too much luggage, take Metra NCS (departs out of CUS, weekdays only, infrequent) or the CTA El Train's O'Hare Line (aka Blue Line, frequent, any time of the day/week, walk a few blocks to Clinton CTA subway station). If you have too much luggage, take Uber or Lyft.
  6. As of this afternoon, the partial government shutdown beat the former record of 21 days set back in 1995, as the congress disbanded for the weekend, and entered into uncharted territory where social breakdowns are anticipated. The end is yet to be seen and there is a real possibility that this could drag on for months or years (They are saying it can last at least for another month at best, or until October or beyond at worst), as both the admin and congress are dug in and not willing to budge. Since Amtrak gets part of its funding from the government (I think from US DOT, correct me if I'm wrong), despite having a high farebox recovery in recent years, what are some possible implications on Amtrak (NEC, non-NEC State Supported, Long Distance) for a prolonged shutdown that lasted several weeks or months? Or years, as some of the doom-and-gloomers say?
  7. bmjhagen9426

    SAC Station

    Renovation is done, but no food court. However, there's a few dining venues nearby in downtown. Check out Old Sac, they have few good places (my favorite is the Railroad Fish and Chips). Beware...most establishments close at around 8-9pm. If you have time, take the light rail to midtown/Arden-Arcade/South Sac/Rancho, or buses to Natomas/North Sac (Costs 2.50 for 1 1/2 hours, or 7.00 for a whole day and you can ride the light rail and the bus as much as you can until closing), they have some dining places out these places (I personally like the establishments on the Natomas Marketplace/Promenade, off Truxel Road, due to variety of offerings).
  8. So now that the Northern Spirits have returned to Churchill this week, it is that time again for speculation of travel through Canada. Since I only get 30 days of vacation at a maximum (unless I have rollover days), I may have to split the American rail journey to the US rail journey and the Canadian rail journey. I'm thinking about entering and leaving via Vancouver BC because of the preclearance (unlike going to Montreal or Toronto). Thinking about going from either SEA or PDX to VAC, taking the Canadian to Toronto, Corridor to Ottawa and Montreal, the Ocean to Halifax, back to Montreal then Toronto, Canadian to Winterpeg, Northern Spirits/Hudson Bay to Churchill and back to Winterpeg, Canadian to Jasper, Skeena to Prince Rupert and back, Canadian to Vancouver, and Cascades to PDX or SEA. Here are the classes that I might be taking: Biz Class on the Cascades, Totem Deluxe (Touring class) when available on the Skeena, Prestige Class on the Eastbound Canadian, Roomette or Bedroom on the Westbound Canadian between Toronto and Winterpeg, Winterpeg and Jasper, and on the Northern Spirits, Berths on the Canadian Westbound between Jasper and Vancouver, and Sleeper in the Ocean. And is it advisable to spend nights between trains, and the selections of the classes (I am leaving off Abitibi and Saguyney for Canadian adventure part deux with going in/out via Adirondack and Maple Leaf), and how easy is it to enter Canada by way of the Cascades (Not worried about getting back in as a US citizen)?
  9. In December 2016 I was on the eastbound EB that had three P42s that left Portland and Seattle on December 10, 2016. After the merger in SPK, it was of the following consist, as I recall: 3 P42's, Viewliner baggage car, Trans dorm, 2 Seattle sleepers, Diner (Seattle), 2 Seattle coaches, Lounge (Portland), Portland coach-bag, Portland coach, Portland sleeper (in that order). It was particularly snowy during my trip.
  10. The EB runs (at least in the past) with 3 engines east of SPK. Where do they get the 3rd engine in that case? And when the EB runs with only 2 engines east of SPK, where do the third engine (either one of the SEA engine or the PDX engine) go to? And how do the switching work at SPK (I've seen the ALB switching, but slept thru the SPK switching)?
  11. bmjhagen9426

    P42 Shortage?

    I'm guessing that it was possible due to reserve stock not usually touch. As for the beef stew, I'm assuming Dinty Moore (the kind you can find on some vending machines or at Dollar General).
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    P42 Shortage?

    If that is the case, what about the freight engine in the lead if there are enough locomotives?
  13. My college's finance guy once said "We can't cut our way to success". This can also go against the principle of .99999 uptime rule (downtime less than 315.16 seconds out of 31536000). At least I can still buy my tickets at my local station (My local station is SAC, which is 2nd busiest in California).
  14. When I had issues with my Debit Card (I have Chase/JPM), I only had to call in to the fraud department to confirm that I made the suspicious transaction. My cards were yanked on the following occasions, and a grace period was given prior to it being yanked: 1. Mastercard to Visa switch (2014) 2. Magstripe only to Magstrip+EMV Chip (2016) As for bank verification, not familiar with that, and not aware of secret codes to email.
  15. bmjhagen9426

    Business Class in the west?

    On the CS, Biz Class is somewhat useful, but not all that useful. Seating (which may or may not be all brown leatherette, but only 34510 seems to have non-leatherette seats), bottle of water, $6 voucher (usually useless for overnighting), WiFi (where there's cell phone service) access to Metropolitan lounge in LA and Portland, and non-assigned seats (when Business Class is less than half full, or 30 or fewer seats sold). During the times when Business Class is less than half full, it is useful for overnighting, because more often than not, you'll have two seats for yourself. I have taken advantage of this fact when I used to frequently travel between KFS and SAC (but when 11 is late into KFS, no use for that voucher unless it gets into SAC at 7am or later), and great way to avoid the Boy Scouts crowd during the Scouting season. Travel between KFS and PDX is great as well, due to (usually) lower occupancy, a chance to use the voucher at the Cafe or Diner, and access to the Metropolitan Lounge. Same goes for CS BC travel within CA (LAX-SBA and points north).