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It will be in regular Amtrak Cascades rotation, be maintained by a shop in Seattle that uses Washington state residents as employees, spend most of its time in Washington state (and even in British Columbia, in an entirely different country)...
But Oregonians paid for it. (Through federal...
I hear there's a really big Australian bank that has invested in quite a few toll roads.
I also hear the entire country of Australia laughing at the United States this morning as we just plowed over the fiscal cliff and they're saying "We've got abundant natural resources, no national...
Nobody's stopping you from investing your own hard earned cash and starting a private passenger railroad.
Good luck finding a bunch of investors to agree with you.
I was riding the Cascades just a week ago and both 500 and 509 had the power on the NORTH end of the consist.
Seems like south end would make more sense, as in Seattle and Vancouver riders have to walk past the north end of the train in boarding and deboarding. In Portland passengers have to...
Puget Sound & Pacific had at least one on the property last summer...another RailAmerica (soon to be GWI) property.
Therein lies the whole root of the issue - the airlines, knowing they have more-or-less a fixed capacity, prices its product in a manner that reflects supply and demand.
Amtrak does not. It sells tickets below cost, jams its trains full, and loses well over a billion a year. If Amtrak is "so...
Labish DRAW? Never heard that phrase used before... Heard of Lake Labish, Labish Village, Labish fill...
The last scene is Chemawa. A one-time SP station location named for the Indian school that still exists there.
We'll start with not necessarily weird, but "why is this here?" in Wheeler, Oregon
Next, 8th Street in Vancouver with an illuminated "S" "T" "O" "P" light assembly. Sadly, this signal has been recently replaced.
This one is only weird because it's the only known instance of a "Stop on Red...
Yes, required in Flathead Tunnel. I always wondered about the possibility of the crews needing to use them, but Amtrak passengers not having them (through Flathead and Cascade).
Hopefully we can look forward to excursion trains powered by SD9s.
Sounds like UP's Brooklyn Subdivision anytime I'm near it. They say it's a mainline, but I'll be lucky if I catch a GP38-2 with a local.
Kind of hard when there's no reason for the rail. There's no freight out there, very few people live out there...you can't justify railroads to nowhere. You can't force sawmills to be located in areas that don't make sense; timber harvests are way down for multiple reasons (economic AND...
I would, however, offer a piece of advice. Next time I would seriously reconsider taking photographs from that location. The UP mainline through Salem has been a major location of pedestrian-versus-train incidents and I bet the engineer was getting very nervous about you...
Train 500, originated in Eugene.
They had the seat check tags in the holders above the seats.
Again, the Conductor gave me a seat assignment. I went to the seat. It was assigned by previously boarded occupants who also had an identical seat check.
Unfortunately I was in coach...
The seats were already assigned and occupied.
I'm not sitting on a stranger's lap.
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