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05-01-2019 08:54 AM
Realsquash
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Originally Posted by Keydet15 View Post
Iím not an expert here but amtrack owns 623 miles of track. Thatís 2.5% of rail of the 21,400 miles they travel upon.

Coal plants are winding down now but they are hungry pigs. You donít want that to go offline. The delays in Amtrak I am accustomed to is to sit out while cargo is being moved which is part of the game. Someone has to wait...

Perhaps less coal in the lines will reduce congestion in the future?


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Trust me they are not going to stick an Amtrak for a freight on any freight railroad. Everyone clears a path for Amtrak unless something derails or fails otherwise. You can argue that them just being on a freight railroad is counterproductive and I would agree, but that freight railroad does everything they can to get that Amtrak through on time.

Amtrak pays the host railroads to operate and they have performance goals tied to that money every month. If a RR doesn't want Amtrak mucking things up then they don't take them.
05-01-2019 08:31 AM
Keydet15
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Originally Posted by Realsquash View Post
No, they don't.

Iím not an expert here but amtrack owns 623 miles of track. Thatís 2.5% of rail of the 21,400 miles they travel upon.

Coal plants are winding down now but they are hungry pigs. You donít want that to go offline. The delays in Amtrak I am accustomed to is to sit out while cargo is being moved which is part of the game. Someone has to wait...

Perhaps less coal in the lines will reduce congestion in the future?


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05-01-2019 07:43 AM
Realsquash
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Originally Posted by Keydet15 View Post
Railroad infrastructure prioritizes commercial shipping anyways.
No, they don't.
05-01-2019 07:32 AM
Keydet15 Train travel in the south east blows. I checked train departures in my area. Incredibly inconvenient times.

I would use amtrac as a last resort really. Railroad infrastructure prioritizes commercial shipping anyways.


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05-01-2019 07:19 AM
roundhouse Slower than the greyhound
Costs more than flying

Whatís not to love ?


Itís not bad if you have all the time in the world
05-01-2019 01:46 AM
ILikeBoobs
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3rd world infrastructure.
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Originally Posted by Joe_W View Post
?????

I believe average time between Boston and NY is 4 hours, faster than car.

Also they have the Acela express on that route which is about 30 minutes quicker.

DC to Boston is pretty much the best operating section of rail that Amtrak has
Any other first world country and that journey would be more like 2 hours by train. Maybe not Canada.

And DC to Boston is basically the only significant section of track in the country that Amtrak owns, basically everything else is run over freight company owned tracks. Naturally, they managed a good wipeout on their own tracks in Philly just a couple of years ago.

Acela does much better NYC-DC than Boston-NYC.
04-30-2019 09:16 PM
Mattafact
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Originally Posted by Joe_W View Post
?????


I believe average time between Boston and NY is 4 hours, faster than car.

Also they have the Acela express on that route which is about 30 minutes quicker.

DC to Boston is pretty much the best operating section of rail that Amtrak has
And the only profitable section too if I remember right.
04-30-2019 08:56 PM
nate379
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Originally Posted by CJF View Post
And how many days?
It said 104hrs, so I'd guess around 4.5 days.
04-30-2019 02:18 PM
Joe_W
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Originally Posted by ILikeBoobs View Post
- Boston to NYC. Bit slow really. 3rd world infrastructure.
?????


I believe average time between Boston and NY is 4 hours, faster than car.

Also they have the Acela express on that route which is about 30 minutes quicker.

DC to Boston is pretty much the best operating section of rail that Amtrak has
04-30-2019 02:04 PM
Grumpy356
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Originally Posted by nate379 View Post
I thought Amtrak went out of business in the 80s.

edit..

I looked it up.. Seattle to Boston is about $400. Not bad, last time I flew to Boston (granted from Anchorage) was about $1800.
I can fly from Seattle to Boston for $387.00 leave in the morning and be there for dinner.

Ya,,,,, I'm good.
04-30-2019 01:52 PM
ILikeBoobs I've done a few bits...
- Montreal from NY area (for some reason, the price from Newark, requiring you to take a 10 min hop into NYC and change - but closer to home too, is considerably less than the NYC price). Time is similar to driving, and I needed to be downtown so it worked out. Border crossing wasn't great, they stop at the border and have 2 CBP (well, Canuck equivalents then) agents go through the whole train. European trains at real borders, the agents get on at the stop before the border, process the train while in motion, and get off again at the 1st stop after the border, much more efficient.
- San Diego from LA - bit slow at 3 hours, but better than in traffic. Main issue I have with that is getting to Union station in LA is awful from LAX. Like going past San Onofre nuclear plant.
- Richmond, VA from NJ. Fine as far as DC, then you're off the Amtrak owned lines and everything almost grinds to a halt.
- Boston to NYC. Bit slow really. 3rd world infrastructure.
04-30-2019 12:15 PM
ddonohue15 Did it once Denver to Chicago and back. Took longer then driving but was nice to just kind of sit back and relax. Mine had a viewing car or whatever it was called that had windows all over the top deck was overall a cool experience. Great to just chill out with a drink and watch the world go by.

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04-30-2019 10:08 AM
TRNDRVR I've been on Amtrak a few times. Meh!
04-30-2019 09:08 AM
cj5.5 Love it. So mush more relaxed than flying. Plus I love looking out at the backyard of America the whole way.

I remember our first trip. By the time we got to the platform I'm like, 'That's all? That's way too easy.' Red cap helped us load, told us how to get good seats for the three of us, super helpful.

An hour later we're doing 100 mph, sipping whiskey and eating cheese and crackers. We had always driven to my folks, so I told my wife, 'If we were driving right now we'd be arrested.'

Pro-tip: If your kid is under 2 he is not considered a human to Amtrak. We did a roomette once when The Boy was about 18 months. It was such an awesome trip.
04-30-2019 08:29 AM
bigun Years ago Mom and I took the train from Alb. to LA then up to Seattle and back. Other than having to go to sidings to let longer freight trains which caused us to never be on time, it was fun.
04-30-2019 08:11 AM
61scout80 My wife and I got a roomette from NYC to Raleigh a couple years ago. It was a fun trip.
04-30-2019 08:04 AM
BIGSTIC I have gone from Minneapolis to Minot once when the truck broke down and I needed to get home. It was supposed to leave around 10pm and get in at 8:30am. I can make the drive in 8 hours so the 2.5 hour difference wasn't bad because I could sleep. The train didn't show up until 12:30 and got in at noon. It cost less than the fuel in my truck and was comfortable. But wouldn't rely on it for anything important out in this part of the country.

I know guys that ride it every two weeks and they agree it is relaxing and comfortable but not reliable for time out here.
04-30-2019 07:40 AM
Joe_W years ago I used to ride it between Stamford Ct and Boston often. Always enjoyed it
04-30-2019 05:16 AM
jeeptj19992001 boston to syracuse sucks, 6 hr layover in albany.
04-30-2019 04:55 AM
Realsquash I enjoyed riding Amtrak from Chicago to SLC. But it's not for everyone. That trip was something like 32 hours straight and I didn't spring the extra for a sleeping car seat. I'd rather sit on a train for 2 days than fly out if I have the extra time. The east-coast routes are more advantageous because they have more trains and more amenities on them and get you around a lot more crappy traffic.
04-30-2019 03:45 AM
CJF
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Originally Posted by nate379 View Post
Seattle to Boston is about $400.
And how many days?
04-30-2019 03:40 AM
jeepyj
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Originally Posted by GRMhick View Post
I take a train almost every day to work. It really opened my eyes to alot of options. For train travel. I have to say: it works out really great for me.
By 'options', you mean all the crazy chicks on the train, right?


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04-29-2019 11:13 PM
Hooligan Did Seattle to Vancouver two years ago, it was nice. Goes right along the coast.

Done the commute from Sac to Fresno a few times.
04-29-2019 11:06 PM
GRMhick I take a train almost every day to work. It really opened my eyes to alot of options. For train travel. I have to say: it works out really great for me.
04-29-2019 11:05 PM
RgdL Did the Seattle to Los Angeles run couple years ago. It was a nice experience and very scenic.
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