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Old November 24th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #6281
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Old November 24th, 2009, 03:38 PM   #6282
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ah the Great Thanksgiving Rush Begins Today , Roads & Rail Except an increase , but airliners will see a decrease. Amtrak is adding extra Cars on its Northeast & Keystone Lines , As an Extra 2 million ppl ride the NEC & Keystone. Roads are beginning to fill and already theres massive Slowdowns around here Route 17 is closed in Rutherford due to a building fire, One of the Lincoln Tunnel Tubes is closed till Monday,Every road i look at is Red , which means traffic is moving about 10mph. Normal by now its just the Hwys that are still clogged , but its the almost everything. And i have yet to check the Railways , for Delays
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Old November 24th, 2009, 03:46 PM   #6283
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But thanksgiving is not until thursday, right? Are people taking the tuesday and wednesday off?
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Old November 24th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #6284
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Wednesday will likely be the busiest travel day in America all year. I once took the train from Harrisburg to New Haven on the day before Thanksgiving. It was fine until I got to NYC. By then it was also rush hour. Penn station, where I needed to change trains, was absolutely packed. The train to New Haven was as well. I don't think I was able to sit down until my next to last stop. Coming back on Sunday was only slightly better. Still had a nice long weekend, though.
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I like the Thanksgiving holiday. We don't have that in Europe (afaik), but we have Sinterklaas at december 5th where we exchange gifts. Exchanging gifts during Christmas is less common in the Netherlands though.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 04:09 PM   #6286
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Yeah, but we don't really have a holiday around Sinterklaas. It's just one day.
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Wednesday will likely be the busiest travel day in America all year. I once took the train from Harrisburg to New Haven on the day before Thanksgiving. It was fine until I got to NYC. By then it was also rush hour. Penn station, where I needed to change trains, was absolutely packed. The train to New Haven was as well. I don't think I was able to sit down until my next to last stop. Coming back on Sunday was only slightly better. Still had a nice long weekend, though.
I'm assuming you took the High Speed Keystone Train to Northeast Regional ?
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I like those American train names. Like the Texas Eagle, Sunset Limited, California Zephyr etc. Much more imaginative than the "intercity to Amsterdam". Other railway names do exist, but are not in actual use.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 04:40 PM   #6289
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I'm assuming you took the High Speed Keystone Train to Northeast Regional ?
That's correct.
Most people got off the Keystone at 30th street- but then many more jumped on board to finish the trip to New York. That part was actually quite enjoyable. But once I got on the Northeast Regional we were stuffed in like sardines with seemingly dozens of conversations going on at once, many via cell phone, which is always enjoyable .
Still it was better than driving.

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Old November 24th, 2009, 05:57 PM   #6290
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You should have taken the Acela , goes about 150-60 in NJ , and is less crowded, in NYC goes 90-110 and same CT , shaves an Hr off , + if you belong to the Acela Club you get to wait in a separate Waiting area. Also has a Snack / Cafe Car.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 06:07 PM   #6291
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I like those American train names. Like the Texas Eagle, Sunset Limited, California Zephyr etc. Much more imaginative than the "intercity to Amsterdam". Other railway names do exist, but are not in actual use.
You don't have train names in the Netherlands? Here are running Venice Express, Citadella, Emona, Croatia and more. Pendolino that used to drive between Ljubljana and Venice was called Casanova.
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No, only international night trains, like the Copernicus (to Prague) and Jan Kiepura (to Warsaw)
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You don't have train names in the Netherlands? Here are running Venice Express, Citadella, Emona, Croatia and more. Pendolino that used to drive between Ljubljana and Venice was called Casanova.
Casanova even used to operate between Venezia and Maribor for 1 or 2 seasons

i adore those train names, especially those named after famous persons. we had lots of names for domestic trains (usually intercities), but they've quit that common but i still call many trains after that names. for instance fast train 702 from Osijek to Rijeka which leave Osijek around noon will always be Rivijera for me
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Casanova even used to operate between Venezia and Maribor for 1 or 2 seasons
Oh? I didn't know that.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 07:16 PM   #6295
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You should have taken the Acela , goes about 150-60 in NJ , and is less crowded, in NYC goes 90-110 and same CT , shaves an Hr off , + if you belong to the Acela Club you get to wait in a separate Waiting area. Also has a Snack / Cafe Car.
Not sure why I didn't get on the Acela- might've been sold out considering it was Thanksgiving travel.
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Inside a Typical Acela Car
Its Quite roomey and Nice , most Amtrak Trains have a Cafe Car , Except the Keystone Express

Heres a Typical Acela Car

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Cafe Car for Bussiness Class aka Regular Class, First Class gets waited on , and more items , to chose form like Steak or Sushi which i heard is very good.

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Those aren't mine , when i ride the Acela Next month or January to Boston form Newark i'll give you a full report and cool shots. Right now , i hear all Acela Trains are Booked Solid till Thursday evening ,with very few spots open.

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Those aren't mine , when i ride the Acela Next month or January to Boston form Newark i'll give you a full report and cool shots. Right now , i hear all Acela Trains are Booked Solid till Thursday evening ,with very few spots open.
That doesn't surprise me, only 0.05% of the northeastern corridor needs to decide to take the Acela when they otherwise don't, to have it booked solid.

I wonder if they will ever realign the Acela's track to make it more suitable for higher speeds. It would probably be prohibitively expensive to get a ROW for that in New Jersey, Delaware and Connecticut, and impossible in New York due to the high housing density + housing prices. If you have a median house price of $ 600,000, which I don't think is that weird for CT or NJ, and you have to expropriate 1,000 homes, you're already out 600 million dollars.
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Wow, that's extremely high.
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Actually the Acela Goes pretty fast , except in NY-CT where its restricted to 80-110mph due to Old Rails that can't be upgraded , without causing a massive delay and congestion. RI-Mass its 120-160 , and in NJ , MD , DC its 120-150 , PA is getting upgraded along with Delaware and New Jersey so it can faster , i think someone said to me 190. Also more capacity in NJ on the NEC. 2+ more tracks are being built so the total will be 6. And the Centenary are getting a re tensioning to handle higher speeds.

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Its South to North along the NEC, i didn't know how to post the Youtube thingy onto the forums.
As You can see our NEC is quite Busy , most of the time , maybe not to Euro Standards , but good enough.
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Wow, that's extremely high.
This train seems to be high luxury comparing to European high speed trains, especially considering leg space.
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