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About Woodcut60

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    Stockholm, Sweden
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    Passenger Trains; Amtrak; American Railroad History
  1. Very nice trip report, and great photography! Love it.
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    Car Attendants

    Every time I've been in a Sleeping Car there's been an SCA in every single car. I've never seen one working the whole train. And I have never seen Coach Attendants on short or medium trains, only on long-distance trains.
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    Pepsi Can?

    Nice pictures!
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    Engineer or Driver?

    When I visited the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, I learned that the strict hierarchy on board American trains was inherited from the steamboats and ocean liners in the 19th Century. I find that an interesting fact. In Dutch the locomotive engineer is called ‘machinist’. In Swedish he/she is ‘lokförare’. The conductor in Dutch is ‘conducteur’ and in Swedish ‘tågvärd’ (literally, ‘train host’).
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    The Naming of Trains

    Who came up with all the names of the North American trains? I know that Amtrak inherited a lot of names from the freight railroad companies pre-1971, and I also know that e.g. the Missouri River Runner’s name was the result of a competition. And that the Southwest Chief was a result of merging the names Southwest Limited and Super Chief. I’m interested in the history of all those romantic names. Has this disappeared in the mists of Time or do we actually know where all these names came from, as well as when in the history of the railroads? It would be nice to have a comprehensive thread where the origin and history of the names is being discussed.
  6. @cirdan: Interesting! Thanks for posting.
  7. Thought this might be of interest to some of you. And a question: Are there any stations like this in North America? https://interestingengineering.com/this-train-station-doesnt-access-railway
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    #5/6 - Why EMY instead of OKJ?

    Love this thread. Lots of interesting historic information. Thank you!
  9. Well, if this is ever to materialize, I'd be the first to buy a ticket... I'd love to be able to take a train to Las Vegas.
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    Which would you take? SWC or CZ?

    I'd go for the California Zephyr, for all the reasons mentioned above, but I must say, I had a marvelous time on the Southwest Chief as well.
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    First Amtrak vacation underway.

    SarahZ, thanks for your update on The Palmer House. I had a few drinks there and I absolutely loved the interior design and the location of this venerable hotel. I usually stay at The Silversmith on Wabash Avenue. Excellent but expensive.
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    English Train Adventure

    Don't you love privatisation?
  13. This is interesting information. What is the source? Did you find this on Amtrak's website? If so, could you please guide me to the right page?
  14. Thanks for posting! Love your video posts. What equipment do you use? @Bob Dylan: Interesting information about the segregated waiting rooms. Awful history! Definitely not the good old days.
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    Trip Advice Needed

    @tim49424: Oh, no, I'm fully aware of that. I'm riding the Wolverine from Chicago to Pontiac, the Blue Water from Port Huron to Kalamazoo, and the Pere Marquette from Grand Rapids back to Chicago. And thanks for your information about the Michigan view of Lake Michigan. I will definitely sit on the right hand side of the train. By the way, do you by any chance have Dutch ancestry?