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by Gilbert B Norman
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:56 am
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: North America - Oil Transport By Rail
Replies: 110
Views: 31962

Re: North America - Oil Transport By Rail

While it would be nice to think that the disruption to Saudi oil production will instantly return US shale to peak '14 production levels, as well as rail shipments, this Wall Street Journal column holds such will not be the case. Very simply, Saudi Aramco will be working at flank speed to resume pro...
by Gilbert B Norman
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Congressional Restrictions on CRRC Transit Cars?
Replies: 31
Views: 2528

Re: Congressional Restrictions on CRRC Transit Cars?

Gray Lady has an in-depth article appearig today regarding the controversy of a state owned Chinese company assembling transit cars on American soil. By the way, gottaluv that term "Spy Trains" used within the article: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/14/business/chinese-train-national-security.html ...
by Gilbert B Norman
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion
Replies: 1313
Views: 192819

Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

The Seaboard's Sun Lounge was the ultimate single level lounge: https://www.classicstreamliners.com/rpc-sun-lounge.html I got to ride in one during Feb 1967. Was "robbed" during Sep 1962, when a "-- Mountain" was in the Meteor consist. Of course, after Amtrak acquired and "Bengstonized" them, the pa...
by Gilbert B Norman
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Train To The Plane
Replies: 24
Views: 1592

Re: Train To The Plane

Mr. Gold, when going overseas and more "laden" than I usually am for a 3-4 day "domestic" trip, and where everything is on my back or under the seat, I do use a "White Glove Car Service". Once, the driver asked me, "Mr. Norman, is this the only trip you take each year"? "No, I take about nine; the t...
by Gilbert B Norman
Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion
Replies: 1313
Views: 192819

Re: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion

Arlington wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:41 pm
Coming to Acela: a food cart
So long as this is a nonstop, a food cart will work. Pleased to see that it will be cash free. Maybe this will be a "harbinger" for the rest of the System.
by Gilbert B Norman
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Class I and II Discussion
Topic: North America - Oil Transport By Rail
Replies: 110
Views: 31962

Re: North America - Oil Transport By Rail

My reaction to this article appearing inToday's Wall Street Journal is "mixed". Great to learn the business is bouncing back. https://www.wsj.com/articles/canadas-oil-market-finds-outlet-in-u-s-demand-11568289600?shareToken=stdc6a230785cf49ce9bb22c3868a36aac&reflink=share_mobilewebshare Fair Use: .O...
by Gilbert B Norman
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Vacation Guilt (vacation travel by train)
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: Vacation Guilt

electricron wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:49 am
Why stop at Victorville, it could easily be extended to San Bernardino, Riverside, or Fullerton?
Why lug the autos over the hill?
Also more convenient if one's destination is "The Meadows"
by Gilbert B Norman
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Vacation Guilt (vacation travel by train)
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: Vacation Guilt

What could be intriguing is to look into latent demand for a nationwide Auto Train network operated as second sections of existing Amtrak long-distance trains. Mr. Stephens; I've said it before and I'll say it again. Here is my list of potential "Auto Train Service" routes: Galesburg-Irondale (Denv...
by Gilbert B Norman
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Expansion Plan
Replies: 257
Views: 19717

Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

When Mr. Anderson showed up, I think he quickly learned that the LD's lose big $$$$ and their public benefit was, at best, marginal. Just like when an airline realizes there's no $$$ operating a route, it's gone. He figured since passenger transportation is no longer regulated with regard to rates a...
by Gilbert B Norman
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Expansion Plan
Replies: 257
Views: 19717

Re: Amtrak Expansion Plan

The travel industry site, Skift, has an interview with Mr. Anderson posted at their site. While many aspects of Amtrak, this point is most relevan to the discussion at this topic: https://skift.com/2019/09/07/skift-global-forum-preview-amtrak-ceo-wants-to-bring-airline-nimbleness-to-the-rails Fair U...
by Gilbert B Norman
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: The future of sleepers
Replies: 83
Views: 4128

Re: The future of sleepers

Mr. Moore, if there is any market in the US where the "Night Train" could make it. it must be BOS-WAS. But I'm not about to place my bets. "We" here at the forum would use it, but to the present day road warrior, it simply is an inconvenience. Assuming the Roomette fare level is set competitive with...
by Gilbert B Norman
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: The future of sleepers
Replies: 83
Views: 4128

Re: The Future of Sleepers

Meanwhile, back in the States , I foresee that Amtrak will be phasing out the LD's. The Board wants 'em gone, and the congressional support will gradually wane. Even if "Amtrak Joe" is back in the WH - and in the Oval, I foresee no difference (nuff on that). Looking overseas, it appears that in the...
by Gilbert B Norman
Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Ocean View Question(s)
Replies: 33
Views: 2276

Re: Ocean View Question(s)

Mr. Rohr, I ask you note I said "Wifi that works". I have yet to encounter such on any transportation conveyance where it does. I can't believe I once paid for such on a flight - likely just for the novelty to say I did it. But it didn't work, and that was that (never charged; thank you United). My ...
by Gilbert B Norman
Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Ocean View Question(s)
Replies: 33
Views: 2276

Re: Ocean View Question(s)

I argue there is nothing wrong with providing amenities and comforts to make a publicly-funded transportation service more enjoyable, within reason. That might even mean a lounge car, wine tasting, entertainment systems, wifi, etc. The improvements to customer satisfaction may actually build riders...
by Gilbert B Norman
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Worldwide Railfan
Topic: Gare du Nord - What's the Beef?
Replies: 2
Views: 158

Gare du Nord - What's the Beef?

Article appearing in today's New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/04/world/europe/paris-gare-du-nord.html Fair Use: PARIS — A group of leading French architects have denounced a plan to renovate the Gare du Nord, one of Paris’s main train stations, calling the designs that would turn the ...

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