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2012-12-13 01:20:47 PM
I tried getting the Amtrak site to get me from Dallas to Seattle and it suggested I walk.
 
2012-12-13 01:25:28 PM

wildcardjack: I tried getting the Amtrak site to get me from Dallas to Seattle and it suggested I walk.


Why drive when you can take the train.... for 8x the cost and 12x the time!
 
2012-12-13 01:41:06 PM
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Look, Mommy! A hipster douche-bag!
 
2012-12-13 01:43:24 PM

wildcardjack: I tried getting the Amtrak site to get me from Dallas to Seattle and it suggested I walk.


You've got two problems. 1. You're in Dallas. 2. You want to go to Seattle.

Somebody in Houston, Austin, or San Antonio would probably tell you the same things.

Fizpez: Why drive when you can take the train.... for 8x the cost and 12x the time!


Depends where you're going. Heading to NYC from where I am would take almost as long, and cost almost as much in tolls, alone.
 
2012-12-13 02:39:46 PM
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Stupid duchey website processed all its photos with instagram
 
2012-12-13 02:43:15 PM

hurdboy: wildcardjack: I tried getting the Amtrak site to get me from Dallas to Seattle and it suggested I walk.

You've got two problems. 1. You're in Dallas. 2. You want to go to Seattle.

Somebody in Houston, Austin, or San Antonio would probably tell you the same things.

Fizpez: Why drive when you can take the train.... for 8x the cost and 12x the time!

Depends where you're going. Heading to NYC from where I am would take almost as long, and cost almost as much in tolls, alone.


Northeast corridor FTW.

Looked into a train from Montana to Michigan when my dad started biatching about the TSA...yeah, no farking way.
 
2012-12-13 02:46:55 PM
First picture...blonde in the black coat. ALL ABOARD!!!
 
2012-12-13 02:49:05 PM
Amtrak: We're goin' off the rails on a crazy train!
 
2012-12-13 02:56:35 PM

born_yesterday: Northeast corridor FTW.

Looked into a train from Montana to Michigan when my dad started biatching about the TSA...yeah, no farking way.


I have a friend whose parents live in Arizona. Bigger NFW on that one. Don't wanna fly? Take the farking bus, bro.

WhiskeySticks: First picture...blonde in the black coat. ALL ABOARD!!!


Enthusiastic "meh." Probably not as exciting almost forty years later.
 
2012-12-13 03:13:36 PM
Is that Bill heading up to Seattle from the Califonia Garage? Checks Date. thanks! Fellow fellow of the Old Fart!
 
RJB
2012-12-13 03:50:19 PM

Tax Boy:
Stupid duchey website processed all its photos with instagram


They do look like Instagram. Funny how the photographer laments how poor the pictures look due to lack of care.

Apparently, the ability to make poor quality photos is worth a cool billion these days.
 
2012-12-13 04:15:49 PM
I just priced a trip from Florida to NYC. Added a mini-cabin as we need horizontal sleep, not curled-up-in-a-chair sleep.

$500+ for two, and we'd get there roughly 24 hours later. Assuming freight traffic doesn't claim priority. Admittedly, that includes meals...

For that [and potentially a Freedom Frisk(tm)], we can fly, get a room, and enjoy extra hours of bliss in the city.
 
2012-12-13 04:19:00 PM
Remember the excitement about the bicentennial Freedom Train?
that was great...

Also, LOL at Tax Boy!
 
2012-12-13 04:32:08 PM
Way back when, I rode the Coast Starlight a lot between Oakland and Santa Barbara. For a while they were using the old Southern Pacific passenger cars. Comfy and roomy seats.

Once I stuck my head out the Dutch door while the thing was whizzing up the flatlands between King City and San Jose. Lucky for me a pebble didn't hit me in the head.

Frankly, it was nice to just sit back and look at the scenery instead of the road.
 
2012-12-13 05:34:15 PM
I took a day trip from Boston to NYC the other day. My daughter got to facetime with her mother while I sat back and had a 90 minute Dogfish IPA. Got to the train stations about 15 minutes before it was scheduled to leave, had wifi and 120V outlets at the seat, and it wasn't a whole lot more expensive and probably about equal in time for flying from Logan to JFK.
 
2012-12-13 06:34:23 PM

Fizpez: wildcardjack: I tried getting the Amtrak site to get me from Dallas to Seattle and it suggested I walk.

Why drive when you can take the train.... for 8x the cost and 12x the time!


Nobody in Europe does that kind of distance on trains either.
 
2012-12-13 06:53:49 PM

highendmighty: Remember the excitement about the bicentennial Freedom Train?
that was great...



I do!

Also, I've had good experience on Amtrak business class-I enjoy watching the coastline go by as I listen to music.
 
2012-12-13 07:28:27 PM
I used to travel from Baltimore to New York and back in mostly wooden cars pulled by a GG1 electric engine owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad (before it merged with those assholes over at the New York Central in '68) and enjoyed every second of it.
 
2012-12-13 07:41:28 PM

RJB: Tax Boy:
Stupid duchey website processed all its photos with instagram

They do look like Instagram. Funny how the photographer laments how poor the pictures look due to lack of care.

Apparently, the ability to make poor quality photos is worth a cool billion these days.


The worst part is looking at older pictures like these and not realizing that they're dated at first because you've seen so much filtered crap don't even notice it.
 
2012-12-13 08:10:13 PM
I've taken the AMTRAK from San Diego to Orange County at least a 100 times.It hugs the coast,an awesome ride.They still have one train from the '80's(or cars).It is the most uncomfortable ride.They still have ashtrays on the back of the seats.I see it pass thru Encinitas all the time.
 
2012-12-13 08:37:20 PM

wildcardjack: I tried getting the Amtrak site to get me from Dallas to Seattle and it suggested I walk.


That's really not the kind of trip a train is suited for. Portland to Seattle on a train is good, on a plane is bad. Dallas to Seattle, a plane is good, a train is bad. Just like San Diego to Los Angeles on a train is good, on a plane is bad. New York to Los Angeles a plane is good, a train is bad.

Just think, there are different modes of travel most appropriate to the distance needed to be travelled. What a concept!
 
2012-12-13 09:27:26 PM
the california zephyr should buzz by my office window within the next hour. unless it's late*

*usually it's late


all in all though...I like taking the train.
 
2012-12-13 10:02:35 PM

Fizpez: wildcardjack: I tried getting the Amtrak site to get me from Dallas to Seattle and it suggested I walk.

Why drive when you can take the train.... for 8x the cost and 12x the time!


Amusing- until you need to go to Manhattan. By the time you factor in tolls and parking, it's cheaper to take the train. By the time you factor in traffic, it's faster to take the train.

And the train has comfortable seats. And free Wifi. And it's fun looking out at the freeway and watch us blowing by cars. (According to my GPS it was running 115-123mph most of the way through Jersey)

/Suck it train haters
 
2012-12-13 10:07:08 PM
Did the Auto Train to take my convertible down to Florida for a week last May. I'm not entirely sure it was worth it, but it was pretty neat, and it was something I did just because I could (family did the old private-company Auto-Train back in the 70's). The dinner was kind of meh, but it was a bottomless carafe of wine, and the club car was pretty cool (though the per-beer cost was kind of high). Going opposite the snowbirds you generally get the seat row to yourself, and they have a real electric outlet for the laptop and such.

Overall, good service and on-time travel.
 
2012-12-13 11:19:12 PM
Rochester to Worcester twice. Delays, delays, delays. They kept saying there were commercial trains that were ahead on the tracks. We human cargo are less important than the other kind, I guess. Maybe I'd give their Acela thing a shot, but I'm sworn off of ordinary Amtrak service.
 
2012-12-13 11:40:11 PM
I would have loved to ride in the observation train.
 
2012-12-14 12:18:30 AM
I would like it much better if I could get from Cleveland to Detroit without going through Chicago...

/Seattle to Vancouver is a nice ride, though
 
2012-12-14 12:01:32 PM
I rode a train from Spokane to Seattle once, around the early 1970s. It was kind of exciting, being on a train (my first and only time, and I was just 14.) The trip itself was rather meh. Pretty slow, and it was an overnight run so I didn't get to see nuch.

One thing I noticed was that whenever we went through a town we were always in the seedy part: stockyards and warehouses. You really get to see the guts of a town when you cruise through on a train. It's like seeing a pretty woman taking a dump in the morning or something instead of seeing her with her make-up and nice clothes on.

By the way, the reason that Amtrak's trains get delayed by freight trains is that Amtrak doesn't own any track: it's all owned by the big 4 or 5 freight lines that have merged or bought up all the other railroads. Amtrak just leases passage, and the freighters prioritise their own trains 'cause that's where the big money comes from. They don't make any profit from Amtrak to speak of. Dow Chemical, auto makers and power plants (coal) pay big bucks and ship literally tons and tons. Amtrak with its few passenger trains, that's just small change.

And the big roads don't like to spend a whole lot in track maintenance, either. Why maintain infrastructure for the future ten years down the road when a few jury-rigged repairs will get you through the quarter with a higher profit? So the tracks and roadbeds deteriorate and the speed limits get lowered, and instead of cooking along at 100MPH you have to crawl along at 40, 'cause if you go faster you could derail. That's another big reason why train trips take so long.

If we're ever going to have high-speed bullet trains we're going to have to buy more/wider right-of-ways and lay new track, then commit to maintaining it. That costs big bikkies and I doubt if enough Americans will be willing to get out of their cars or choose not to fly to make that investment worthwhile. Maybe if gas is in short supply and TSA keeps getting more outrageous, then maybe someday.
 
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