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by bratkinson
Fri Aug 30, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Fare and Availability Discussion Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 26414

Re: Amtrak Fare and Availability Discussion Thread

Query re: changing reservations on day of travel... If I buy a seat on 137 but fall behind schedule, will I be able to change (before 1315) to 67 without paying ~~3X as much as the $79 fare? As I understand the current Amtrak pricing, any changes or modifications to your ticket will be made at the ...
by bratkinson
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak NEC Inland, Springfield Shuttle/Regional/Greenfield Route
Replies: 1930
Views: 294171

Re: Amtrak NEC Inland, Springfield Shuttle/Regional/Greenfield Route

I don't know about you, but I, for one, would not feel safe riding a DMU at 110 mph, the current speed limit on portions of the Hartford line in Connecticut. The 2 car shuttle trains hit that speed every time since the 2nd track was opened a bit more than a year ago. The 8 car trains 141 & 148 don't...
by bratkinson
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak NEC Inland, Springfield Shuttle/Regional/Greenfield Route
Replies: 1930
Views: 294171

Re: Amtrak NEC Inland, Springfield Shuttle/Regional/Greenfield Route

I sometimes wonder if the Metro North dispatchers scheme to stab Amtrak trains. I know the the general plan is locals on the outer tracks and expresses on the inner. There's maybe 10-15 miles total where one of the tracks is closed for repais making dispatching a challenge during peak times. But aft...
by bratkinson
Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak NEC Inland, Springfield Shuttle/Regional/Greenfield Route
Replies: 1930
Views: 294171

Re: Amtrak NEC Inland, Springfield Shuttle/Regional/Greenfield Route

Hopefully, these shuttle trains will wait for any late northbound Amtrak NE Regional Connections at New Haven Union Station, especially 94 which had a dismal on time record when it started out in Newport News. In April of 2017, I was at New Haven Union Station and I watched 494 depart New Haven way...
by bratkinson
Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Last Station Built New Before Amtrak?
Replies: 33
Views: 1637

Re: Last Station Built New Before Amtrak?

I had forgotten about the South Shore station at South Bend. BUT.... When that was built, Penn Central did NOT stop there! They stopped at the downtown South Bend station. Amtrak stopped downtown too, for quite some time. So, my thinking the new Union Station in Milwaukee, which opened in 1968 as I ...
by bratkinson
Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Getting a last diner meal in the northeast
Replies: 18
Views: 1134

Re: Getting a last diner meal in the northeast

For what it's worth, I have/had the exact same thoughts as the OP...getting REAL dinner in the almost new Viewliner diners before they start serving boxed dog food on October 1. Living in New England, I decided to book a trip on the Meteor to West Palm Beach and back, and another on the Crescent to ...
by bratkinson
Mon Aug 12, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: There and back on Amtrak #65 and #66
Replies: 35
Views: 2324

Re: There and back on Amtrak #65 and #66

I've booked a business class ticket on train 150, the 3:10am Washington-NYC train. I figured I'd be literally paying over $500 for a hotel room and would get only a few hours of sleep, so I might as well spend a few hours on the train in the middle of the night and I'll be just as well-rested, but ...
by bratkinson
Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Arriving at White River Junction
Replies: 29
Views: 1952

Re: Arriving at White River Junction

2 Weeks ago, I bought a new laptop with Windows 10 and it, too, didn't like playing most videos. Thank you Microsoft for screwing everybody up! Maybe 4-5 years ago already, I was having trouble playing MP4's on my main Windows 7 computer after some 'update' messed things up. While I don't know exact...
by bratkinson
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Seating Discussion: Assigned, First-Come, Reserved, Unreserved, Standees
Replies: 34
Views: 1777

Re: Amtrak Seating Discussion: Assigned, First-Come, Reserved, Unreserved, Standees

My primary rule to getting a decent seat is to be among the first to board. Being a senior citizen helps at some stations. On the NEC I always take business class. The extra 25% TQPs makes it worthwhile, as does the added legroom. As for having 'pick any seat' vs one that was chosen during ticketing...
by bratkinson
Mon Jul 22, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: There and back on Amtrak #65 and #66
Replies: 35
Views: 2324

Re: There and back on Amtrak #65 and #66

But in that case the conductor would know that their (purchased) intended stop was NYP and the destination slip would indicate that. (Although, since I largely ride the Downeaster, damned if I can tell how the conductor knows what the passenger's intended stop is from the slips, which are occasiona...
by bratkinson
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: There and back on Amtrak #65 and #66
Replies: 35
Views: 2324

Re: There and back on Amtrak #65 and #66

Up until last year I had occasion to ride #66 between Washington and Boston a couple times a year and neither of these annoyances was standard practice at the time. Waking sleeping passengers for any reason other than to advise them that their station is approaching or to do the traditional Penn St...
by bratkinson
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Museums, Tourist Lines, and Historical Organizations
Topic: GG-1 and E-60 operational preservation
Replies: 8
Views: 271

GG-1 and E-60 operational preservation

In my opinion, most quiet and fastest acceleration trophy belongs to a GG1. I recall 30+ years ago riding the Broadway Ltd to New York. After the power change at Harrisburg to a single GG1, it literally YANKED the train out of the station. I was pushed back in my roomette seat as if I was in a high ...
by bratkinson
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Business Class Shorthauling (Is Stupid and Rude)
Replies: 4
Views: 559

Re: Business Class Shorthauling (Is Stupid and Rude)

In a 'walk up' business, where one never knows in advance who's coming and when, the only guidelines are using historical information for the business. Take McDonalds. They know, in a typical day (I'm making up numbers), they'll sell 1000 hamburgers, 1500 cheeseburgers, 1000 Big Macs and 1000 Quarte...
by bratkinson
Wed May 01, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Metropolitan and Acela Lounges Thread
Replies: 38
Views: 7084

Re: Amtrak Metropolitan and Acela Lounges Thread

Been in BOS, NYP, PHL, WAS, CHI, PDX and LAX in the past 6 months or so. Perhaps my biggest single complaint is lack of consistency. Everything from furniture (the new stuff in BOS is very 'hard', and the new stuff in PHL & WAS is 'just OK' from a comfort standpoint. To me, NYP has the most comforta...
by bratkinson
Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Lake Shore Limited
Replies: 642
Views: 153438

Re: Lake Shore Limited

bostontrainguy wrote: I've seen pics on another website. Yes, they have replaced some tables in the cafe with bike racks so the agent was incorrect.
My original picture aboard LS #449 on April 7 somewhere east of Pittsfield, MA. Resized down to meet attachment requirements.

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