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Demand pricing has made the airlines profitable again and has made Amtrak mighty close to breakeven.
Leaving on Monday means you will have an A-I to ride, and likely "pointchasers" as your fellow passengers. On that note, I have to wonder how many Thanx tables will be minus so somebody can go chase airline points.
Oh, and an off topic "finally". Absent something like a family emergency, I will miss 2018 United Premier standing by 928 miles. Anyone think I'm going to take a 1000 mile "airfan Qualflight"?
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Yes, it would be a long ride. How long depends upon which way you went, clockwise or counterclockwise?Tadman wrote:I'm sort of taking part in the rush this year, albeit way out in the sticks. I'm off to MSP on the Builder today and then after the holiday Tucson to NOLA. Obviously there's a flight on AMR in between, as MSP-TUS would be one heck of a long ride.
CW = Depart St. Paul at 8:00 am (1), arrive Chicago at 3:55 pm (1), depart Chicago at 1:45 pm (2), join the Sunset Limited in San Antonio without a train transfer, arrive Tucson at 6:45 pm (4); 2 nights aboard the train with a night in a hotel room in Chicago; 84 hours total after adding one hour for the time zone changes. You're not likely to miss making a 22 hour layover at your only train transfer.
CCW - Depart St, Paul at 10:20 pm (1), arrive Portland at 10:10 am (3), depart Portland at 2:25 pm (3), arrive Los Angeles at 9:00 pm (4), depart Los Angeles at 10:00 pm (4), arrive Tucson at 7:28 am (5); 4 nights aboard trains, 2 train transfers - 4 hours in Portland and 1 hour in Los Angeles; 82 hours total assuming all the train transfers are made and adding one hour net for all the time zone changes. Since the last transfer was to a train that doesn't run every day,, if you miss that last transfer you will most likely add another 48 hours to your trip.
With either direction, keep in mind that the Sunset Limited runs just three days a week in each direction. I would take the clockwise direction path going because the sole transfer is easy, and you'll have 12 more hours (day 1) of daylight on the train.
I haven't checked which way I would go coming back yet.
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Oh, I know...just saying...I hate the Arrows on a NJT trip to Trenton, not gonna pay a premium to ride them to WAS for funsies! If it was markedly cheaper I would have maybe entertained the thought.Gilbert B Norman wrote:Well Ms. Blunt, how many times has "money talks, whatever else walks" been said?
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I will find the SPUD thread and make some notes there, this is probably not the thread to do so. I'll shoot you a PM as well.mtuandrew wrote:And I’d like to hear what you think about St. Paul Union Depot, Tadman. I haven’t actually used it as an Amtrak facility yet.
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-Holiday Extra #1054 with a "disappointing" Amtrak City Sprinter leading a string of MARC coaches:
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-"Going away" shot of #1054 with MARC Cab Car #7760 trailing:
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-Holiday Extra #1057 consisting of eight NJ Transit Arrow III MUs:
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4849490" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
-Holiday Extra #1099 with a 2nd set of eight NJ Transit Arrow III MUs:
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Train 1057, with NJ Transit Arrow III cars: https://youtu.be/sIJUb0Z6cIM" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Train 1054, with Amtrak ACS-64 and MARC coaches: https://youtu.be/2sbU1tfrYFo" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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