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Showers in Sleeper cars: Amtrak
High speed with active tilt in North American mixed ops: Amtrak (via Alstom technology)
PTC in North America (ACSES I): Amtrak
Master Partnerships for Terminal Redevelopment: Amtrak
ADA Accessible Rail Passenger Equipment and Facilities: Amtrak
Railfone (cellular technology based pay phones): Amtrak
Sous vide food prep and cooking in rail passenger dining service: Amtrak
Onboard WiFi in passenger rail service: Amtrak (prototyped on the Downeaster)
Combined Electrification and Traffic Control (CETC) dispatching: Amtrak (done in the early years via NECIP funding)
I would further strongly dispute that Amtrak's eticketing lift technology is comparable to the airlines. In flight crews don't use a handheld device while underway, it's a static point at the gate. Furthermore the manifest and passenger count changes at a frequency unheard of in the aviation industry.
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I don’t see how Amtrak should get credit for innovating tilt when Talgo came out 15 years before Cascades and the LRC had essentially the same tilt system as Acela 20 years before. The supplying company is called Hydrep and the owner is a friend and business associate on projects outside of the rail industry. We have drained quite a few bottles of wine in more than one country and I’ve heard many stories of LRC and Acela.
And Arrow reservations was very similar to AMR’s Sabre system, about ten years older. Both run on the same IBM equipment at the time.
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Yeah, go to Germany and ride the rails there for a week and tell me how 'integrated' Amtrak's ticketing system is...gokeefe wrote:Nationally integrated computerized reservation system and ticketing for rail passenger service (Arrow): Amtrak
Ok?Showers in Sleeper cars: Amtrak
Active tilt was used ages ago on Pendolino, APT, etc. And Acela ain't high speed - its curve speeds are barely higher than the Metroliner, and slower than the X2000 when it was tested on the NEC.High speed with active tilt in North American mixed ops: Amtrak (via Alstom technology)
And LZB has been around since the 70's and is a superior system anyway.PTC in North America (ACSES I): Amtrak
LIRR is all level boarding. Amtrak isn't.ADA Accessible Rail Passenger Equipment and Facilities: Amtrak
Penn Central had the fore runner to cellular in the 60's on the Metroliner.Railfone (cellular technology based pay phones): Amtrak
And they still can't dispatch the NEC worth a damn. Some progress. Wake me up when Amtrak's operation in the NEC start approaching that of DB, or SNCF (SBB or JR are pretty much not going to happen - management and the employees just don't have the drive. Sorry guys, but that's the truth). +- 15 minutes isn't 'on time', it's a joke.Combined Electrification and Traffic Control (CETC) dispatching: Amtrak (done in the early years via NECIP funding)
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I've asked you before and I don't recall a response. What is the funding like? For the record, at one point NJT received more funding for the rail and bus network than Amtrak received to provide service and maintain the infrastructure for a nationwide network (including the 100 year+ NEC infrastructure...)...and this also includes contributions for the states which are adding their trains into the mix.Nasadowsk wrote: ↑Fri May 17, 2019 1:17 pmAnd they still can't dispatch the NEC worth a damn. Some progress. Wake me up when Amtrak's operation in the NEC start approaching that of DB, or SNCF (SBB or JR are pretty much not going to happen - management and the employees just don't have the drive. Sorry guys, but that's the truth). +- 15 minutes isn't 'on time', it's a joke.
Going testing out west.
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If they're Dining cars they're probably enroute to Beech Grove to be gutted and turned into a single level version of the Cross Country Cafe. Not sure why they wouldn't go on the Cardinal unless Amtrak is running Chicago to Beech Grove hospital/equipment moves again.
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What surprises me is that if Amtrak is planning to convert V-IID's to a Cafe' configuration prior to assigning them to, say, The Cardinal, and even in due course, the Star, I'm quite surprised that there hadn't been a "leak" from some "flappy trap" at One Mass.
Now the irony of it all is that as soon as they start to convert these cars, down comes the edict to restore full-service dining to the Single Level LD's.
We follow Amtrak affairs closely around here. One must wonder what kind of folly such as immediately suggested goes on at other Federal Agencies - and with the price tag "Doubled in Spades".