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  1. Aug 21, 2018 #126

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    Here's the answer to having to walk through 6 coaches to the diner: establish trains 38 and 39 as separate trains between Boston and Chicago. [​IMG]
     
  2. Aug 22, 2018 #127

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    Wait, I'm confused. Do you mean 48/49 or 448/449? And does it mean for the eastbound and the westbound to be established as separate trains? How could that possibly not be the case? Sorry if this is really obvious.
     
  3. Aug 22, 2018 #128

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    If the CHI-BOS train were completely separate from the CHI-NYP train, the 448/449 numbers wouldn't make any sense. 38/39 would be logical numbers for the new train.
     
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    Oh, thanks. I thought that was just a typo. So he was suggesting that the LSL becomes an NYP-CHI train and a separate BOS-CHI train? I don't see why that would at all be necessary. The Boston section of the LSL currently only needs two coaches, a business/cafe, and one sleeper for passenger use. I just don't think the demand is at all there to warrant a separate train.
     
  5. Aug 22, 2018 #130

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    A separate train between Boston and Chicago, running on a different schedule about 8 hours away from 48/49, could give places on the route that currently don't have good calling times than what 48/49 and 29/30 provide. Read Western New York and Ohio. The scheduling gurus on here could work something out, I'm sure. I'm not considering other logistics such as equipment availability, obviously. At one point in the Warrington regime, this was actually being talked about, if I'm not mistaken.
     
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    Correct, unless Amtrak continued its current scenario, which would give Boston 2 trains a day to and from Western points, running about 8 hours apart.
     
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    Amtrak will just keep the current scenario minus any additional train
     
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    From experience . . . avoid at all costs the seats in the middle of a Superliner coach. You will not get much sleep as passengers clop up and down the stairs and bang and lock and unlock the bathroom doors all night long. It is very very noisy there.
     
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    Not relevant to this topic, but I would like to see two separate trains and have one go through Canada via Detroit. Not only would that create a better-served important city-pair (NYP-DET), but it would be much faster (lots of higher speed trackage) and avoid all of the freight congestion south of Lake Erie.
     
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    I've made a couple of variations of this:

    TWO A DAY.pdf
    I actually think both trains should run to New York City, due to the immense ridership demand from there; only one should run to Boston. If scheduled right, you can set up one of the trains to run overnight from NYC to Syracuse, which would be highly attractive for day trips to NYC.
     
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    I think this has once been proposed, by other members on this board? That essentially the train would be 'sealed up'(with no stops on the Canada side), allowing for a quicker trip vs. using the congested route through Indiana/Ohio/Pennsylvania/western NY state. Who knows if that'll ever occur, and at least during the current presidential administration and current politics, I doubt such a plan would be approved.
     
  12. Jul 12, 2019 at 1:37 PM #137

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    Such a train was indeed operated for several years, both with and without stops on the Canadian side. Unfortunately some of the trackage used has been abandoned or significantly downgraded to where it would not accommodate passenger train speeds.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niagara_Rainbow
     
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  13. Jul 16, 2019 at 12:41 PM #138

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    I have found that the "DigiHUD" app for Android is a very good app for keeping an eye on speed ... worked better for me than my GPS

    For tracking my trip, Google Maps has worked best for me - again, better than my GPS

    I also have the website https://asm.transitdocs.com/map bookmarked on my PC at home and on my Android phone. It has a map of the whole US and all the trains in close to real time tracking. It is color coded to let you see at a glance if your train is running late. You can also click on any given train and get train and/or station information ... by clicking on the station you can get additional information about that station

    This site http://dixielandsoftware.net/Amtrak/solari/stations.php?data=NWK&tz=ET shows a "Solari" stype arrival/departure board that updates automatically. You can use their link to change stations or change the station in the address bar yourself - just make sure you use ALL CAPS for the station code, the program does not understand lower case for station designations.
     

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