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  1. Here is the thread dealing with the initial start up, testing and ultimately, the delivery of the baggage cars: There is still an outstanding dining car (for the next few weeks or so) so this we can keep an eye on this thread for information and usage: Only 1 bag/dorm has emerged from the factory, meaning there are 9 more outstanding so, this thread will hopefully have some action in the future: As such, it is time to talk about the last car in this order. The sleeping car. First things first, though: Where would add additional sleepers as they trickle out in tiny batches? Would you use them to supplement the existing trains or remove the Viewliner Is for overhaul as they emerge? Perhaps you would wait until you had 5 on hand before you'd remove View Is for overhauls/mods? Let's speculate!
  2. Wow! I never thought it would come to this. I wonder if their representatives will let them get away with this. There is already a sort of North Jersey vs South Jersey battle for funds. This will make things worse. http://nj1015.com/nj-transit-to-suspend-entire-atlantic-city-line-for-half-a-year/
  3. I would think the only thing Customer Relations might do is offer a voucher for future service in the amount you lost. It probably isn't what you want. I'm not lawyer nor do I play one on TV so I'm genuinely curious. Since it seems you purchased a tickets (making you a ticketed passenger), would this make it to small claims court or would the whole "binding arbitration" clause click in? The highlighted portions are what I'm wondering if they would apply:
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    Christie withholds Amtrak payments from NJT

    It looks like everyone is playing nice...but for how long? Please allow a few quotes from: NJ Transit settles back payments with Amtrak for $182M http://nj1015.com/penn-station-upgrades-planned-after-nj-transit-repays-amtrak-182m/
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    Viewliner side for the Hudson

    What relevance does that hold for a northbound train? That possibility will ALWAYS exist. Train 49 ran away from 449 last week and some passengers ended up without a sleeper. Trains operating into CHi were canceled in their entirety last week. The OP didn't even say when he is traveling and for all we know, the consist may be altered based upon what is occurring at this moment. OP: The bottom line is at this moment, the even numbers are the programmed to be on the Hudson view. Any number of conditions can cause that to change. Any number of conditions can cause the train to not even operate. However, that is the best info. Can it change the day of departure. Possibly, but not probably. Otherwise, cast your fate to the wind and don't move. The choice is yours.
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    Protect Motor at Secaucus now?

    It typically takes less than two minutes to get the prime mover started and ready for usage in diesel mode.
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    Viewliner side for the Hudson

    What kind of question is this? Anything can happen. Equipment can get shopped, tracks can get closed and service can get canceled. How certain is it that none of the above will occur and the train will actually run? Dead certain? Quite certain? Real certain? Pretty certain? Fairly certain? Kinda certain? Sorta certain? WE'RE AMTRAK CERTAIN!
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    AEM7 Retirement

    They are definitely the aforementioned Caltrain units.
  9. Well, because by law, Amtrak must carry insurance. Other carriers aren't necessarily required to carry insurance by law As such, Amtrak is forced to carry it but that does that mean the can sell it to someone else?
  10. Your "speed app" indicating you were traveling at 125mph was probably as accurate as this the speed app this gentleman was using. Before we completely hijack this thread, let's remember they attempted to certify the View Is and a few other pieces of equipment a few years ago. Some modifications are needed (something around the truck area) and the updated wheel profile is needed. However, the current regime is not interested in this right now, so unless something dramatically changes, the View I fleet will remain at 110mph for the foreseeable future.
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    #1 LAX Arrival

    Unless something recently changed, the NYP Lounge opens at 5:15am for 2103. That also covers the Cardinal, Palmetto on weekdays. It opens at 700am on the weekends for 2203, While that doesn't cover the Cardinal or Palmetto, they probably don't want to expend the funds for the staff, hoping that a day pass holder, or rewards plus member shows up to justify the costs since most of the sleeping car/acela passengers aren't out and about, with the one day exception of 51 on Sundays.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    It means long term out of service. In other words, they've been out for a long time and probably won't be back for a long time...if they come back at all. I do anticipate two of them returning eventually, one of them is questionable and the other is is unlikely. I guess you're not familiar with the old NJT ACES train. Well, the ACS-64 and the SC44 work the same way: ACS-64s are typically stationed at every start/stop point for electric service. Most locations have at least one protect.
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    Solari Board at PHL

    No one said that ridership declined specifically because of Solari board, flowers or even OTP. What they are trying to say is these things become part of a cumulative effect. In other words, the death of thousand cuts. For some, this is step towards modernization and updating the look and travel experience while for others, it is another brick in the wall.
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    Texas eagle incident near ft worth

    The lawyers would disagree. It is the railroads fault and they likely blame the company and engineer.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Right now, 4 are down hard. You SHOULD see two of them eventually and you MAY see three of them again. That would leave 69. It basically hinges on how the rest of the sets are powered but I think they could spare 10 engines to leave the corridor. If they could spare 14, we could actually return to one seat NEC-EMP service. Hell, even being down, they leased some to Septa a few years ago and they are now leasing some to MARC.
  16. Who said they are being stored? More importantly, with the winter consist plan in effect, do you really need a separate baggage car for two coaches and a sleeper when a bag coach will do? Why not get caught up on PM work and overhauls? Why not divert some of the cars to axle count (which is paid for by the state) and free up needed coaches? The extra bag on the LSL was a classic example of wasted resources. Not only labor, but wear and tear and fuel must be considered. Additionally, it is REALLY easy to track what goes into the baggage cars at stations these days. It is easier to see what trains are lightly used, how many bikes are checked, what express and.or mail is loaded and removed. The walk up, baggage lite program may not be as easy to track but they probably deduced that a full bag on all trains may not be necessary.
  17. The feds have finally exposed the NJT Lies. Will anyone do anything about it? https://www.nj.com/traffic/2019/02/dont-blame-us-feds-say-nj-transit-can-resume-service-on-suspended-rail-lines-whenever-they-want.html Don’t blame us. Feds say NJ Transit can resume service on suspended rail lines whenever they want.
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    Solari Board at PHL

    You'd have to ask someone from Solar or someone that knows the intricacies of its operation.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Another thing that is kicked around is since the Chargers already are known to work with the ACS-64s (the can control each other), you buy the train set, stick and ACS on one end, an SC-44 on the other end, and you have a seamless on corridor/off corridor trainset that remains semi permanently attached. When the 92 day inspections occur on the engine, you can swap them out and leave the train set intact.
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    Solari Board at PHL

    Reserved/ Unreserved. It was probably being updated when this picture was taken.
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    Longer & Longer consists

    Not really as this kind of idiotic make the numbers look good actually makes the stock look better (at least for a while.) . Therefore, it is for the good of the company. The operative word is in your opening sentence: SHOULD. However, the railroads often have a stranglehold on a great deal of their customers. Increase the lead time, and deliver within the bloated schedule and they'll accept it. Therefore, you can still cut your labor costs.
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    Current Leadership Letter

    Yes...there is a congressional mandate to minimize losses, reduce expenses, reduce the necessary subsidy, and(paraphrasing)eliminate the need for a food service subsidy whole attempting to operate like the charter stated: as a for profit corporation. With a mandate like that, they aren't really interested the same rhetoric that has been spouted for years about food service being a loss leader, baggage cars being a loss leader, private cars "possibly" bring riders to a train. They key word is "loss" and that is what they want to eliminate.
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    Current Leadership Letter

    Amtrak Or Congress?
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    Lake Shore Limited from Boston meal service.

    Here is the actual menu: https://www.amtrak.com/content/dam/projects/dotcom/english/public/documents/menus/routes/Lake-Shore-Limited-Sleeping-Car-Menu-0119.pdf
  25. They can do 125 but the schedule difference between the 125 trains and 110mph is not impressive so there isn't a focus on upgrading the View Is to 125, even though they were tested a few years ago.