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(Atlanta Journal Constitution)   Amtrak is ready now like Delta Airlines was in 1968, which really does explain so much   (ajc.com) divider line
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2021-05-06 11:44:10 AM  
One or two Amtrak directors ago, they had a former Delta CEO. I forget his name but he was the guy that got Delta out of bankruptcy at some point.

Republicans wanted a businessman to make Amtrak profitable. He pointed out all the cash it hemorrhages by making a bunch of rural stops. Republicans complained because they didn't want their towns cut off. Some of those Amtrak stops actually serve places that don't even have a bus stop. Essentially, moronic republicans want to stop funding Amtrak because it should turn a profit but it has to maintain all the unprofitable routes.
 
2021-05-06 1:40:35 PM  
"Delta's ready when you are" was a slogan that became a popular catchphrase a redneck would bark at you whenever you suggested that something in Georgia could be improved.  It was Georgia's own version of "love it or leave it."

You:  Hey, maybe me should start teaching kids in school that the Earth revolves around the Sun instead of the other way around.
Real Georgian:  Delta's ready when you are!
 
2021-05-06 1:54:12 PM  

Rapmaster2000: "Delta's ready when you are" was a slogan that became a popular catchphrase a redneck would bark at you whenever you suggested that something in Georgia could be improved.  It was Georgia's own version of "love it or leave it."

You:  Hey, maybe me should start teaching kids in school that the Earth revolves around the Sun instead of the other way around.
Real Georgian:  Delta's ready when you are!


I've heard it as "Delta will fly you anywhere you want to go".

Around the 90s/ the Olympics, lots of people moved to Atlanta from all over.  It was mostly a questioning of "If it's so bad here, why'd you move here?", usually about traffic or the weather or the lack of some city services that don't exist because our property taxes aren't $10,000/year like where they came from.
 
2021-05-06 2:03:15 PM  

TheGreatGazoo: It was mostly a questioning of "If it's so bad here, why'd you move here?"


The answer to that question was generally "The accounting firm I work for transferred me here."
 
2021-05-06 2:11:53 PM  
What, well behind Pan-Am?
 
2021-05-06 3:06:22 PM  
The absolute best and worst travel experiences of my life were both courtesy of Amtrak.
 
2021-05-06 3:28:46 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: The absolute best and worst travel experiences of my life were both courtesy of Amtrak.


Story time?  I've only used the Northeast Corridor Accela route where it's better than flying.
 
2021-05-06 4:35:58 PM  

steve_wmn: Story time?


Texas Eagle to Chicago to see the Flaming Lips at The Argon. Leaving the house we got a notice that there was a "service disruption". No further explanation. So we march on to Dallas where we left the car in a REALLY sketchy parking lot (no substantial parking at the Dallas station) where we find out that there was a freight derailment between Dallas and Longview. Two hours after scheduled departure, we load up on buses that take us to Longview. We load up and off we go. We were in a roomette (suggested) so we brought our own libations. The cabin attendant was a great guy and gave us first timers some great suggestions etc. Dinner was really pretty good which we had a very nice lady and her grandson. Back to the roomette for a few more drinks and relaxation then bedtime. Slept very well until I hear the word "bus" again sometime around 4:30 am. I look outside and we re at the station in Little Rock, a 3 hour drive from Longview...no telling how long we were stopped.  Around 8 am we load up on buses again (another "service disruption") and start north. About two hour later, we are approaching Walnut Ridge Ar and we see buses heading south. Turns out the poor bastards on the southbound train had just offloaded and we got to the station shortly after that. So we sit around for a few more hours while they get the locomotives lined out and the cars...ready.

And off we go again. Meals after that were bagged, we had to take an "alternate route" where the tracks were noisier than before (don't know what that was all about), we had to sit many times on siding while freight traffic took priority and towards the end of the trip, the crappers were getting full, trash bins were overflowing and coach was getting...ripe.  Finally roll into Chicago sometime around 11pm (12 hours late). Missed the show but on the bright side we met up with some Farkers at a 3rd shift bar and partied our asses off until we left on Sunday. Had a blast!  Got rowdy, caught a Sox game and generally spread good cheer and mayhem wherever we went.

Anyway, Sunday morning we very hesitantly head to Union Station (mamarita wanted to fly home but we packed for train, not plane), load up and off we go. The trip home was PERFECT! On time, great food, smooth ride and we actually pulled in a tad early. Everything you would hope for and that is promised.

Now I have been told since that when you are traveling by train in the US, if you have to be somewhere like the Argon at 7:30 pm., leave a day earlier than you normally would. On the flip side I met  guy on the out leg who said that he was traveling on every overland route that Amtrak offered as a retirement gift to himself and the Dallas to Chicago  trip was the only bad experience that he had so far.

Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. Mamarita will take some coaxing.
 
2021-05-06 5:14:50 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: steve_wmn: Story time?

Texas Eagle to Chicago to see the Flaming Lips at The Argon. Leaving the house we got a notice that there was a "service disruption". No further explanation. So we march on to Dallas where we left the car in a REALLY sketchy parking lot (no substantial parking at the Dallas station) where we find out that there was a freight derailment between Dallas and Longview. Two hours after scheduled departure, we load up on buses that take us to Longview. We load up and off we go. We were in a roomette (suggested) so we brought our own libations. The cabin attendant was a great guy and gave us first timers some great suggestions etc. Dinner was really pretty good which we had a very nice lady and her grandson. Back to the roomette for a few more drinks and relaxation then bedtime. Slept very well until I hear the word "bus" again sometime around 4:30 am. I look outside and we re at the station in Little Rock, a 3 hour drive from Longview...no telling how long we were stopped.  Around 8 am we load up on buses again (another "service disruption") and start north. About two hour later, we are approaching Walnut Ridge Ar and we see buses heading south. Turns out the poor bastards on the southbound train had just offloaded and we got to the station shortly after that. So we sit around for a few more hours while they get the locomotives lined out and the cars...ready.

And off we go again. Meals after that were bagged, we had to take an "alternate route" where the tracks were noisier than before (don't know what that was all about), we had to sit many times on siding while freight traffic took priority and towards the end of the trip, the crappers were getting full, trash bins were overflowing and coach was getting...ripe.  Finally roll into Chicago sometime around 11pm (12 hours late). Missed the show but on the bright side we met up with some Farkers at a 3rd shift bar and partied our asses off until we left on Sunday. Had a blast!  Got rowdy, caught a Sox ...


You highlight one of the biggest problems Amtrak has: they generally don't own the rails they travel on and take the lowest priority on the tracks.  If there is a delay, the Amtrak train is going to be the one waiting.

America really needs to build out some rail infrastructure again, after all that was ripped up in the 50's to the 70's.  It's not even a question of HSR, but heavy rail in general.  The rail network is saturated and in some places, notable Chicago, suffers severe bottlenecks.
 
2021-05-06 5:15:32 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: Dinner was really pretty good which we had a very nice lady and her grandson.


How were they prepared?
 
2021-05-06 5:24:00 PM  
Amtrak, ready when you are. Of course, that's because you've been ready and waiting at the station for the train to show up after being delayed for 5 hours.
 
2021-05-06 5:50:47 PM  

Fear the Clam: How were they prepared?


Honestly, I'm not sure how they were prepared but they presentation was on 'real' dinnerware and was pretty tasty.

Mindlock: You highlight one of the biggest problems Amtrak has: they generally don't own the rails they travel on and take the lowest priority on the tracks. If there is a delay, the Amtrak train is going to be the one waiting.


Without a doubt. I'd love to see rail travel be more efficient and have it's own dedicated tracks but cost wise I don't know if it's possible and I really don't trust a nationalized system. I also worry that if it does become very popular some shiathead(s) will try to exploit a weakness as an offering  to their sky wizard and next thing you know, the TSA is up you ass at the station in Pigsknuckle, Kansas.
 
2021-05-06 5:59:47 PM  
"Some people just know how to train, and they be showin' it like a mother"?
 
2021-05-06 8:00:10 PM  

Dancin_In_Anson: The absolute best and worst travel experiences of my life were both courtesy of Amtrak.


Haven't had the chance to fly Spirit Airlines yet?
 
2021-05-06 9:52:09 PM  
You mean their catchphrase isn't "Slightly Slower Than Driving"?
 
2021-05-07 10:30:42 AM  

Red Shirt Blues: Haven't had the chance to fly Spirit Airlines yet?


Heh. Thankfully no. Out here in BFE we are only served by AA and United. I have to drive 3 hours to DFW for that kind of abuse.
 
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