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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:23 AM   #1101
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:44 AM   #1108
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It's not a good thing to run a train early! Think of all the passengers along the route who might have missed their train if it arrived 30 minutes ahead of schedule! Being overly early is just as bad as being overly late in my opinion - especially on an infrequent service.

That said, the main concourse at Chicago Union Station looks very nice indeed, however, the waiting area reminds me of a not-so-great airport.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:49 AM   #1110
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It's not a good thing to run a train early! Think of all the passengers along the route who might have missed their train if it arrived 30 minutes ahead of schedule! Being overly early is just as bad as being overly late in my opinion - especially on an infrequent service.

That said, the main concourse at Chicago Union Station looks very nice indeed, however, the waiting area reminds me of a not-so-great airport.
The train can't depart early. It leaves each station at the scheduled time. It just happened to be able to get to the station faster than expected. So it is a good thing.

And much better than most flights I've been on.

Chicago's Union Station is meh. The Grand Hall has no real reason to exist, other than to provide seating for the homeless. The rest of the station is small and lacks seating.

Washington's Union Station is amazing.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:52 AM   #1112
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Old April 20th, 2009, 08:57 AM   #1113
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The train can't depart early. It leaves each station at the scheduled time. It just happened to be able to get to the station faster than expected. So it is a good thing.
Oh right, I understand what you mean now, that makes more sense! In that case then it is a good thing that it was early indeed!

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Chicago's Union Station is meh. The Grand Hall has no real reason to exist, other than to provide seating for the homeless. The rest of the station is small and lacks seating.

Washington's Union Station is amazing.
I agree that Washington looked pretty cool too, but I really did like the look of the Grand Hall in Chicago too - pity about the homeless situation though.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 10:04 AM   #1114
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186 is a very high speed. that's 300km/h.

That's about the highest speed that Japan and Germany operates at. China is the only one that operate their trains at a faster 350km/h, and that's on certain dedicated lines only.
A little out of this topic but I have heared that in Germany there is allowed track speed + 10% for recovery. It means if track speed is 300 then train is allowed 330 in case it's out of schedule.
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