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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by eolesen
 
Just because the baggage cars are there doesn't mean that they want to dedicate resources to having to handle the shipments. I've always viewed it as a manpower heavy operation that probably couldn't cover its costs.
  by bostontrainguy
 
eolesen wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:44 am Just because the baggage cars are there doesn't mean that they want to dedicate resources to having to handle the shipments. I've always viewed it as a manpower heavy operation that probably couldn't cover its costs.
I've been in the Boston baggage room a few times and there is plenty of room for additional shipments and employees who are always there on staff. Adding a pallet jack if necessary would probably be all that's needed. My wife moves around a pallet jack at the grocery store she works at. Really no big deal. I think the infrastructure is in place in the larger stations at least.
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  by eolesen
 
What do the union workrules for Amtrak allow in terms of cross utilization and lifting?

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  by David Benton
 
bostontrainguy wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 9:03 am
eolesen wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 6:44 am Just because the baggage cars are there doesn't mean that they want to dedicate resources to having to handle the shipments. I've always viewed it as a manpower heavy operation that probably couldn't cover its costs.
I've been in the Boston baggage room a few times and there is plenty of room for additional shipments and employees who are always there on staff. Adding a pallet jack if necessary would probably be all that's needed. My wife moves around a pallet jack at the grocery store she works at. Really no big deal. I think the infrastructure is in place in the larger stations at least.
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I don't think the shown oallet mover would lift to the height of the baggage car door, and would be very slow if it could do so . Really need a forklift.
  by bostontrainguy
 
Boston and all of the Northeast Corridor are high-level platforms of course. Yes, forklifts would be needed for low level territory.

The point is that there are employees in place to do this.