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2016 Holiday Express

Postby Amtrak7 » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:35 pm

Saturday, December 3; 9am departure from Ronkonkoma nonstop to NYP; C3 equipment; all reserved seating

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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby nyandw » Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:38 pm

And the return trip?
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby frankie » Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:06 pm

You'll probably need to take the Holiday Local stopping at every station for the return trip! LOL
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby Crabman1130 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:05 am

2016 Cement Special
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby MACTRAXX » Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:25 pm

nyandw wrote:And the return trip?


Steve: Good observation about this train...

More then likely riders are going to be issued "Individual Return" tickets valid on any eastbound Ronkonkoma train for 12/3 only...

The ticket price for the special is less then $10 more then a regular off-peak round trip between
Penn Station and Ronkonkoma ($26.50) which may be a tip-off that this special nonstop trip is
only to operate westbound...

This train may be very interesting to ride to see how it is decorated for the holidays and which
dual-mode trainset gets the honor: Will it be one of the four "eight sets" assigned to Speonk
and Port Jefferson (two each in through Penn Station service) or the four/five car Oyster Bay
through train? It will be also interesting to trainspot remembering that the train has the option
of operating in the E mode for the entire trip for this special run...

My guess is the train assignment/number of cars will be determined by how advance ticket
sales turn out to be - another thought not mentioned would be to sell tickets at Ronkonkoma
on the day of the trip to fill space on board for those interested that can not commit to an
advanced reservation in advance (the cut-off date is 11/22) again depending on sales...

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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby Backshophoss » Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:46 pm

Could this be an "off season" use of the "Hampton Reserve" cars?
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby bellstbarn » Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:17 pm

Considering that people have different habits of how much time to spend in mid-Manhattan, I think it's smart to make this one-way westbound.
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby Amtrak7 » Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:29 pm

MACTRAXX wrote:
nyandw wrote:And the return trip?


Steve: Good observation about this train...

More then likely riders are going to be issued "Individual Return" tickets valid on any eastbound Ronkonkoma train for 12/3 only...

The ticket price for the special is less then $10 more then a regular off-peak round trip between
Penn Station and Ronkonkoma ($26.50) which may be a tip-off that this special nonstop trip is
only to operate westbound...


I don't think there will be any individual return tickets. The special fare is $21 more than the off peak one way fare Ronkonkoma to Penn, and $21 happens to be the Reserve Car seat charge. (it's the same $21 on the Cannonballs)

I wonder what equipment will be used. There aren't enough Hampton Reserve cars w/ numbered seats to make a full length DM set. The Friday night disposition of the large DM sets is 2 in Pt Jeff, 1 in Speonk, and 1 in Jamaica off 2710.
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby nyandw » Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:04 am

Seems like a great PR and fun idea. I look forward to seeing the photos, equipment, and paper tickets etc. Save and post it: I'll collect it all together. :-D
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby Amtrak7 » Fri Nov 04, 2016 3:28 pm

As of this afternoon (Friday 11/4), the train is sold out.
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:26 pm

That was real fast!!
Sold out in 4 days!
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby Steamboat Willie » Sun Nov 06, 2016 12:39 pm

Not at all surprised the train was sold out. Lots of Railroads across the country run holiday trains, such as the "Polar Express."

For those roads that run the special excursions they usually generate a healthy amount of revenue. Recently, I had a conversation with a Class 2 freight carrier in the Northeast that runs excursions year round and said the winter trains amount for over half their annual excursion revenue, which is close to half a million dollars.

Nothing to sneeze about.
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby 4behind2 » Tue Nov 08, 2016 9:42 am

Up until electrification to KO, an organization in Greenport chartered a train for Christmas shopping in NYC. The equipment went to GY in the wee hours of the morning,and back that night.

When one considers the the sellouts of the vintage subway and buses which the MTA operates at various times of the year (and perhaps at a small profit), perhaps this would open the door to vintage "turn back the clock" LIRR excursions, provided the groups which own said equipment could find a way to do so................................................................
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby onorclose7 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:13 pm

Eight car dual mode. It will probably be cancelled in Hicksville due to equipment problems
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Re: 2016 Holiday Express

Postby li7039 » Sat Nov 12, 2016 1:25 pm

Any particular reason why it would run in E mode the entire journey? Just to avoid the potential oh sh*t it doesn't want to change modes problem?
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