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Old October 20th, 2016, 11:23 PM   #3261
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I am astonished to see how big still is the US passenger network serviced by Amtrak. Especially on a country where the plane is king! How is ridership on long distance connections for instance?
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Old October 21st, 2016, 12:37 AM   #3262
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That is a great map, thanks for sharing.


Here it is in full...


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Old October 21st, 2016, 08:50 AM   #3263
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I am astonished to see how big still is the US passenger network serviced by Amtrak. Especially on a country where the plane is king! How is ridership on long distance connections for instance?
The network may be big, but look at the service frequencies from Harbornites map. Most services only run once or twice a day. I bet that for every train there are at least 10 planes on the same route. Take Chicago to Los Angeles. It's 4 hours by plane or 40+ hours by train...
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Old October 21st, 2016, 05:33 PM   #3264
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Well, that's true, but considering distances are not that friendly for a train ride nowadays, then it's almost a miracle to still have services lasting +50hs such as Chicago-Emeryville!
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Old October 21st, 2016, 06:01 PM   #3265
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The map is not to scale and makes the system seem way more comprehensive than it actually is. If one were to overlay it over a highway map one would see that some of the largest US cities (such as Columbus, Ohio and Phoenix as well as Las Vegas, Nevada) are not served by passenger rail.

It seems there was an effort to provide names of stations as well as cities:
  • Places like San Diego, Stockton and Boston have numerous stations served by Amtrak, so those are appropriately identified not just by city name but by station name.
  • Places like San Jose, CA and Dallas have numerous rail stations but only one that is served by Amtrak. Thus, San Jose is identified as Diridon station (to distinguish from Tamien) and Dallas is identified as Union Station (to distinguish from Victory). However, New Haven also falls into this category, as it has two stations (Union Station and State Street Station) but the diagram does not say which station is served by Amtrak.
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Old October 27th, 2016, 11:20 PM   #3266
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Arcadia, Missouri Amtrak station - opening Nov 2016

The Amtrak station in Arcadia, Missouri is tentatively scheduled to open for passenger service on 2016.11.18. It will be on the Chicago-San Antonio Texas Eagle route.

https://csanders429.wordpress.com/20...-startup-date/

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Kelsheimer said officials hope to have a grand opening on Nov. 18 to mark the arrival of the first Eagle at 10:30 p.m.

The train to San Antonio is expected to arrive in Arcadia Valley at 10:30 p.m. while its Chicago-bound counterpart is expected to arrive between 4:30 and 5 a.m.

The Texas Eagle has other stops in Missouri at St. Louis and Poplar Bluff.
And here are some photos of the new Arcadia station from the Daily Journal out of Park Hills, Missouri:


http://dailyjournalonline.com/galler...b46a716.html#2


http://dailyjournalonline.com/galler...b46a716.html#2


http://dailyjournalonline.com/galler...b46a716.html#2
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Old October 27th, 2016, 11:37 PM   #3267
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Dwight, Illinois Amtrak station - opening 2016.10.28

http://newstrib.com/main.asp?Section...rticleID=54196

old station:

Dwight Station by Adam Moss, on Flickr

photo of new station is available here:

http://www.idothsr.org/pdf/hsr_facts...andopening.pdf
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Old October 27th, 2016, 11:40 PM   #3268
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Dwight, Illinois Amtrak station - opening 2016.10.28











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Old October 30th, 2016, 06:35 PM   #3269
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wow !! Harbornite, You know your stuff here, Please tell Us More, we are waiting for the 1st set of Siemen's Locomotive Train, with at least 4 Passenger Cars included in the 6 Car Train, including 2 New of these Locomotives at each end, they are to be Shipped to the West Palm Beach Holding facility this Fall it's the middle of fall NOW, ANY MORE NEWS Please. AND my keyboard IS STILL HALF Working, PLEASE BARE WITH ME, thanks our/my ssc friendly family SSC Friend and SSC Friend to everyone here, So very well appreciate all your efforts, Can't wait to get on board to Orlando by 2019 For sure !!
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What do you all think of the new Siemens Charger diesel locomotives? Personally, I think the ACS-64s are better looking. I had assumed that these were the new EMD locos, turns out I was thinking of the EMD F125s.

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http://railcolornews.com/2016/08/12/...o-test-center/



In case anyone doesn't know what an EMD F125 looks like...



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Old November 1st, 2016, 05:58 PM   #3270
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Very pretty the new Arcadia station although I must say I am amazed about how narrow the platform is: less than 2 meters wide, counting from the yellow line, judging from the pictures?
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Old November 6th, 2016, 03:37 AM   #3271
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Taken Yesterday morning at Secaucus Junction

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Old November 6th, 2016, 07:17 PM   #3272
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Why most of North American trains are moving fortresses? Different regulations or just different style? Or both?
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Old November 7th, 2016, 04:34 AM   #3273
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Why most of North American trains are moving fortresses? Different regulations or just different style? Or both?
I believe mostly regulations.
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https://twitter.com/fox12oregon/stat...55592618532864

"JUST IN: Amtrak Cascades train hits back of semi truck in Aurora; no word yet if anyone was hurt."
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Old November 9th, 2016, 06:49 AM   #3275
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Theres any update on what happen to the Amtrak city sprinter locomotive 601 that caught in an accident wayback 2015, is being refurbish or scrap?
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Old November 9th, 2016, 09:11 AM   #3276
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"JUST IN: Amtrak Cascades train hits back of semi truck in Aurora; no word yet if anyone was hurt."
The amount of reports of trains hitting vehicles on railroad crossings in the USA remains shocking. Any driver should know better then to occupy a railroad crossing. But they can't all be caused simply by stupid drivers, because you have those everywhere. There must also be an element of stupid design involved.
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Old November 21st, 2016, 05:45 PM   #3277
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Here's hoping this Will give Amtrak some goodwill to get through the next Four Years.

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Amtrak reports strong financial results for FY2016

Amtrak broke ticket revenue and ridership records and posted its lowest operating loss ever in fiscal-year 2016, according to unaudited results.

The railroad posted a record $2.14 billion in ticket revenue in FY2016, a $12 million increase over FY2015, Amtrak announced yesterday in a press release. All results have yet to be audited.

The revenue increase was fueled by a record 31.3 million passengers, up nearly 400,000 passengers over the previous fiscal year. FY2016, which ended Sept. 30, was the sixth consecutive year that Amtrak's annual ridership surpassed 30 million passengers, Amtrak officials noted.




http://www.progressiverailroading.co...-FY2016--50086
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Old November 22nd, 2016, 12:04 PM   #3278
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Indeed. Trains in the US lack that sleek design European counterparts typically have and which make them, IMHO, more eye-candy
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Old November 22nd, 2016, 08:16 PM   #3279
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FRA Press Release
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"Although Tier III trains will be required to have exclusive track to operate at speeds above 125 mph, the new standards will allow Tier III trains to safely share track with current Tier I and Tier II commuter, intercity, and Acela trains. Compatibility between equipment types is a key strategy to allow trains to share existing corridors to reach downtown stations."
Turns out what I (and many others) have been waiting for (and expected) has finally been announced: new rules concerning reworking existing "crashworthiness standards" that allow for alternative methods of passing muster (e.g. technologies that improve safety by reducing the possibilities of crashes).

WIRED also has some more in-depth coverage.
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