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    California Zephyr 2012

    Had ridden the original California Zephyr (CB&Q, D&RGW, WP) with its five dome cars in.1961. This was a delightful experience. Made reservations for Amtrak's version in February, but had concerns. The Zephyr has been beset by mother nature problems including walls of snow in winter, forest...
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    Another one bites the dust

    Seems that Comair a Delta partner serving Kentucky and vicinity is out of business. They blame the failure on high fuel costs and the higher maintenance costs for its smaller jets. This seems odd to me. The conventional wisdom in the 80's suggested that airlines would move to the smaller...
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    Amtrak- 2012

    Recently rode eight different trains from Kansas City to D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. These included the long haul Southwest Chief, Capitol Limited and numerous Northeast Regionals. Of the eight, all were on time to the minute with the Capitol and Chief being 15-30 minutes early...
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    Passenger rail on Florida East Coast

    Some of the other rail websites are abuzz over the plan of Florida East Coast to run passenger trains from Miami to Jacksonville, Cocoa Beach and Orlando without a federal subsidy. The plan calls for higher speed service (79-110-125 MPH) between these cities. The former head of Amtrak's Capitol...
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    Amtrak vs. Southwest Airlines

    Thought I'd relate the new services offered by Southwest Airlines. Booked an on-line flight from Kansas City to Miami, cost $65.00 round trip. Opted for the new VIP program which added $5 to the total. You can print out a green barcode and stick it in your car's front window. You merely pull up...
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    California Zephyr Nevada wreck

    I'm sure we are saddened and possibly outraged by the actions of the gravel truck driver who smacked into the side of the California Zephyr last week. The trucker had numerous violations and they are checking his cell phone to see if that was a distraction. Granted the investigation is not...
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    The Southwest Chief, new route?

    A while back, the BNSF elected to run their transcon route through Texas and Oklahoma into Emporia, Kansas. This bypasses the former Santa Fe route which went through Newton (Wichita), Hutchinson, Dodge City, Garden City, Trinidad, etc. The only thing running on this track is Amtrak's Southwest...
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    Sleeping cars sold out?

    Recently made a rail trip from Kansas City to Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York and am most confused. Tried to take the Lake Shore on the return from N.Y. to Chicago, but (even three months ahead)), both the coach and sleeping cars were sold out for May 13th and 14th. The busy season hasn't...
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    Rock Island Doodlebugs- Iowa service

    There are many on here who have comprehensive old schedules or timetables of "fallen flags" like the Rock Island. A man told me about his experience of going off to Korea from Ottumwa, Iowa via Los Angeles. He claims to have boarded a Rock Island Doodlebug for Eldon. Iowa which was one of the...
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    Libertarians vs. Amtrak

    I know there are some anti-passenger rail Libertarians on here who might find this interesting. CNBC had a debate between Russ Capon of National Association of Railroad Passengers and a rep from the Cato institute, a Libertarian think tank. They limited the discussion to congestion around big...
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    Gulf Mobile & Ohio Movie

    I'm sure many of you have seen the movie "In the Heat of the Night" in which a Gulf Mobile & Ohio passenger train is photographed hauling Sidney Portier out of Sparta, Mississippi. The scene was actually shot in Alton, Illinois. A former hoghead for the GM&O claims he ran the engine after the...
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    Blizzard Kansas City-Amtrak

    Kansas City, as most of America, has been hit with 10 inches of snow (so far) with blizzard conditions coming tonight. The news media is reporting KCI airport closed for two days. They said nothing about the four Amtrak trains serving KC, so I checked their website. Seems the St. Louis train got...
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    "Waiting on a Train" Southwest Airlines

    Passenger enthusiasts might want to read the book "Waiting on a Train" by James McCommons. It is a comprehensive study of the problems with present day passenger rail service and its embattled future. Read with amusement how Texas proposed privately funded bullet train service between Dallas...
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    East Coast blizzard

    Condolences to the travelers who were stranded in the Christmas blizzard which shut down all transportation from Washington D.C. to Boston. Having traveled in Midwestern blizzards feel there is a time when you give up and find shelter till the winds die down. Two days later the media reported...
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    Talgo pulling out

    Well, it looks like Governor-elect Walker's anti rail stance has resulted in Talgo pulling out of Wisconsin as soon as they complete the contract for Oregon. Not sure how many workers will be affected. Now would be the time for Illinois, Iowa or Missouri to step foward and latch on to the plant...
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    Wisconsin's loss

    Well, Governor-elect Walker is fighting like mad to misappropriate $850 million in High Speed rail money to the highway contractors. Maybe that is too much money for a route that would serve relatively few passengers. So it could be a blessing in disguise. The states of Illinois, New York and...
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    Elections and HSR

    As a half-hearted Republican, I was disappointed with the election of Walker in Wisconsin and Kasich in Ohio. Kasich is anti passenger rail and wants to return the $400 million for the 3-C project. That's a setback, but at least the money can be used by a rail friendly state. Walker's...


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