Is anyone updating the Museum?

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  1. Feb 20, 2014 #1
    It looks like the collection stops short in 2010, and it also looks like there is no longer an effort being made to collect the special/Thanksgiving timetables.

    I understand that this sort of thing happens -- the original person who was driving force behind the site gets busy, etc. What can we do to make this a more sustainable operation, help keep the Timetable Museum curated? There've been seven entire system timetables since the last update, plus several interim updates.
     
  2. Feb 22, 2014 #2

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    Hello, Nathanael. You pose a valid question, but first, I encourage you to join the community as a Member. You are clearly invested in contributing and you seem to enjoy the camaraderie here, so registration seems like a sensible way to express your commitment to the group and this site.

    Anyway, the most recent system timetables have been less of a priority to upload because they have been published in digital form from the start (PDF on Amtrak.com), and many people download a copy for their own reference when they are posted. I realize that they are hard to find when they become obsolete, because the links get removed. At some point, I'll get copies of those PDFs and link to them directly, instead of going through the time-consuming process of adapting them to the page-by-page format the site uses for the earlier editions.

    Although "seven entire" timetables may be missing, I think the site -- even if never updated again -- still provides a valuable reference with 39 years of material that is difficult to find elsewhere in one place. That is why I continue to support the site on an ongoing basis even if my updates are delayed. I spend about 200 hours a month developing other Amtrak projects for customer benefit, so I assure you it's not out of lack of interest... and the site is plenty sustainable as long as my bank account continues to auto-pay the hosting bill. ;)

    Best wishes,

    Anthony
     
  3. Feb 22, 2014 #3

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    Anthony,

    Thank you for your commitment to the timetable archive. I understand it's a volunteer effort and it's very appreciated. I have several years of PDF timetables that I keep for my personal archive and retrieve them from amtrak.com when new ones are published. If you would like them in the future I am happy to provide them to you or perhaps I can post them on my site & you can put a crosslink.

    Regards,

    Chris J
     
  4. Feb 22, 2014 #4
    I'm not giving my birthdate out. Why do you require this for membership?
     
  5. Feb 22, 2014 #5
    This sounds like it might be an excellent solution! :)
     
  6. Feb 22, 2014 #6

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    I require nothing -- I don't run this site anymore. But I think what you're asking is why the site asks for a birthdate. It's to comply with COPPA which requires that a member be at least 13 years old to join. So, if you are at least 13 years of age, feel free to give a false birthdate that meets the criteria!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_Online_Privacy_Protection_Act
     
  7. Feb 22, 2014 #7

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    Now that's a hosting bill that I wouldn't mind donating to help cover.
     
  8. Feb 23, 2014 #8

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    And that birthdate that is required for the Children's Internet Protection Act isn't stored anyplace. Based upon the answer, that question simply points one either to either the registration form or a form that a parent must fill out before the under 13 minor can join the forum.

    During registration there is an opportunity to supply a birth date that all members can see; but many do leave the field blank and we do NOT require anyone to fill in that field. There are many members who don't have that field filled in; some who do; and some who only put a month & day, but no year.
     
  9. Feb 23, 2014 #9
    OK. There's a LOT of security issues related to releasing birthdates; because waaay too many organizations use them for "security". I'll put in a false birthdate. :)

    I will note that I tend to get banned from forums because I lose my temper at stupid idiots. I wish there was some way to say "Feel free to moderate my comments." ;-)
     
  10. Feb 23, 2014 #10

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    There is, you can put that in your profile so it shows on every post you make.
     
  11. Feb 23, 2014 #11

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    So then let me please tell you that in the dozen plus years that I've been on the staff here between Anthony & I there have probably been about 2 people that were banned for content. We've of course banned a few who turned out to be spammers; but as more than a few current members could tell you if they choose, I worked hard with them to avoid banning them.

    As long as you're willing to accept that your posts could be altered, something that already happens to you even now as a guest, you'll be just fine! And you are always more than welcome to contact me to discuss why something got changed. Can't promise that I will reverse things; but I will always discuss things.
     
  12. Feb 23, 2014 #12

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    Nathanael,

    As others have said, you would certainly be welcome as a member. I know that I, for one, would be happy to have you on here.

    As to the timetables, one thing to remember is that changes to them in the last few years have been minimal. The biggest changes I can recall are a shift in the NB Silver Meteor of 15-30 minutes earlier (depending on your stop) and a similar shift in the Adirondack (regarding padding around Albany). Other than that, the system has mostly been static with the exception of two trains being extended (to Norfolk, VA and Brunswick, ME).
     
  13. Feb 24, 2014 #13

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    As an example AlanB's says Take care and take trains.. I can't remember all of mine but I know I state on the bottom that my posts are my views and opinions. Which everyone is entitled to! I love hearing others opinions here on AU! It makes me a much better person for listing or in this case reading opinions!

    Alan & Anthony did a great job while Anthony was the leader of the forum! I've had the pleasure of meeting both Alan and Anthony and both are great guys who enjoy sharing information with other AU users! :) I've learned a ton from Alan and Anthony has given me insight on careers at Amtrak!

    Now Alan and Tom run the show and they wouldn't ban someone without giving a very good explanation! Tom is also a great guy! I had the pleasure of meeting him at the gathering in Philly a few years ago. But they always have an open mind on things and are always looking for ways to improve AU! As a member I've met many folks who I consider good friends! Charlie, Penny, Dave, Alan, Dick, Kirk, the 2 Joes, and more! :) We here at AU are a small family if you'd ask me. We yell at each other and later apologize.

    I also encourage you to Join AU!
     
  14. Sep 12, 2014 #14

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    So, I'm trying to do some analysis of changes in Michigan service from 2010-2014 due to track decay, construction, and holidays.... how about getting those timetables archived? :p PDFs would be excellent. The holiday & construction timetables are of particular interest to me, though I would want the regular timetables for comparison too.
     
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    All,

    I wrote a program that notifies me when a new timetable is published to Amtrak.com and when I get a notification I go and retrieve it. I have most timetables in PDF format going back to 2010. It would be a lot of work to post each of the separate route timetables, but I really would like to have each of the National timetables available for easy download. I think maintaining a historical archive is very important and I'm willing to help.

    Who can I contact to see about keeping www.timetables.org updated? That website says to make correspondence/questions here.

    Thanks,

    Chris J
     
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    Frankly, it looks like nobody is currently willing to update timetables.org.

    I'm super busy for the next few months, but if you haven't gotten any feedback from the timetables.org owner by mid-April 2015, contact me and I'll look into setting up another website to archive the newer timetables.
     
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    @neroden,

    That works, or I may start posting the National train timetables that I've archived from a link on my status maps database site. I would like them to be available for all to access.
     
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    If you've got your own website already, just go ahead and do that, it would be greatly appreciated. I'd suggest putting up the holiday timetables you have if you've got those, they're very interesting data as well.
     
  19. Jan 3, 2015 #19

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    OK, it's ready:

    Amtrak Timetable Archives

    These are the PDF timetables I have been keeping since 2009; I'm sure I missed a few over the years but the collection is fairly complete. It includes the Holidays and Specials that I have. I will keep it updated to the best of my ability.

    I have a link to all this Amtrak data from my personal website, juckins.net
     
  20. Jan 8, 2015 #20

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    Great resource! Thanks for your work.
     
  21. Jun 27, 2015 #21

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    While this may be a bit dated in terms of the original discussion, I wish to chime in.

    My travels aboard Amtrak (along with other North American Railroads) has been extensive - all for pleasure with each

    long distance route traveled both ways on more than one occasion. One could perhaps refer to me as an addict -

    when it comes to train travel, congenial ladies and puppies. Oooooops, I digressed.

    Within recent months, I have been discarding much of my professional and personal memorabilia. The dumpster(s)

    have been full of all sorts of "stuff" ranging from high school, college, military, police, sports yearbooks, scorecards,

    old tax records, useless legal papers, and travel related materials. It is simply amazing just how much "stuff" one

    accumulates. I am still mulling over what to do with a few dozen Kodak carousel trays full of 35mm slides! And no

    thanx - not interested in digitizing. My mind's eye works quite well, even at 77!

    My rationale is quite simple - if I have not looked at it in over a decade, why keep it? I surely do not want my better

    half having to deal with "what to do" when the time comes. That is just Moi, folks. So over the side it went . . .

    Now to the point of this post: I jettisoned all of my Amtrak schedules from the 1980's to present times - all of it, gone-zo.

    I figured if the need should arise, the internet would be my source for whatever I might need.

    Guess what? I needed to reaffirm some train schedule dates for photo albums being assembled.

    With heartfelt thanks to the creators of The Museum of Railway Timetables, I now have what I need to complete my project.

    Irrespective of perhaps not seeing anything beyond 2010, what has been so well organized and user friendly has been a gold

    mine of resource for me.

    Most appreciatively,

    Tom in Chesterfield, MO
     
  22. Jun 27, 2015 #22

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    Excellent idea Tom!

    "Travel light and travel right!"
     
  23. Jun 27, 2015 #23

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    I agree the Museum is a great resource.

    I've been compiling the most recent timetables myself, and the ones since 2010 are available at this link.
     
  24. Jun 28, 2015 #24

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    For: jimhudson - Works for me!

    Amazing how my basement seems to be so much larger after ridding it of so many things gathering dust.

    Four outdated PC's, two laptops, all of the peripherals (printers, scanners, etc.), software and yards of connecting cables. All gone-zo!

    And get this! A beer can collection of over one thousand cans - some undoubtedly "worth something," but I have no desire to

    get into that sort of thing. Of course they were empty before discarding to the recyclers.

    Also some patio furniture and empty boxes sitting up in the garage rafters - never knew the garage had such an interesting interior above the vehicles.

    Oh. add to that three legal size boxes of theatre programs, sports ticket stubs and associated literature over two decades.

    For: acelafan - Many thanx for that link! It may come in handy one of these daze . . .

    Tom
     
  25. Jun 29, 2015 #25

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    Siberianmo,

    Someone someday will thank you for what you did. My brother died suddenly last September, leaving a townhouse full of... stuff. Some valuable, some not so much, and a whole lot really not valuable at all. It's rather disheartening to go through it all, especially the box marked, "Sort through 1993."

    It's also a good idea to have a will, but that's an issue for another day.
     

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