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AMTRAK Sucks
7-22-14 | Me

Posted on 07/22/2014 11:23:07 AM PDT by Paul46360

On 21July2014 Amtrak Wolverine was due to arrive in New Buffalo Michigan at 8:10pm from Chicago. But it was over 2 hours late.

When my wife FINALLY talked with a REAL person she was told that AMTRAK's own dispatch center could NOTcontact the train and to call back in 10 min for update!!!!!!!!


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Local News; Miscellaneous; Travel
KEYWORDS: amtrak; chicago; lost; train
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1 posted on 07/22/2014 11:23:07 AM PDT by Paul46360
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To: Paul46360

The problem many times has to do with delays from freight, as Amtrak relies on running over some of those same tracks. Amtrak needs its own tracks!


2 posted on 07/22/2014 11:29:28 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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Freight traffic in Chicago has 100% preference on the rails and switches. Ain’t no way around it.


3 posted on 07/22/2014 11:29:29 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Paul46360

Couldn't even make the trains run on time.

4 posted on 07/22/2014 11:29:31 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Paul46360

Needs more subsidy.


5 posted on 07/22/2014 11:30:25 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Paul46360

In 2014 railroad engineers don’t carry cell phones?


6 posted on 07/22/2014 11:30:39 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Paul46360

Willie Green is deeply saddened.


7 posted on 07/22/2014 11:31:39 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

The engineers I’ve known probably wouldn’t lower themselves to make that call.

One got mad at people honking at him for blocking a road with his train so he just stopped his train and refused to move it for a couple hours. He almost got arrested except it would have taken even longer to open the road back up.


8 posted on 07/22/2014 11:34:19 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
In 2014 railroad engineers don’t carry cell phones?

Railroad engineers and conductors are ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN to carry cell phones on the job. Apparently, they get distracted by texting etc. and then bad things happen.

9 posted on 07/22/2014 11:40:39 AM PDT by NorthMountain
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To: Paul46360

Riding AMTRAK cross country in 1994, using
Burlington Northern lines, all the latrines
backed up, even in the compartments!
This was during June on the high plains.
It was a long 18 hours.


10 posted on 07/22/2014 11:46:19 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: TADSLOS

Willie Green is deeply saddened.

Poor Willie, He had all the answers, for the wrong questions though.


11 posted on 07/22/2014 11:46:27 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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I live in NOVA and work in NYC and take AMTRAK weekly.

Service has been horrendous the last several weeks, and when my Acela was over an hour late last Thursday night into DC, I sent a complaint.

Today I get an acknowledgement of my complaint with a note that it may be as much as 6 weeks until I get a response.

Ugh.


12 posted on 07/22/2014 11:46:47 AM PDT by NOVACPA
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I don't wish to defend a government-run institution such as Amtrak. But delays are not their fault.

Other railroads own the tracks (capitalism - because they built or bought them).

Amtrak uses the tracks through the graces of the owners. Amtrak passenger trains have last priority.

One should always make schedule calculations based on this and adjust arrival times by 10 - 20% of the trip total.

13 posted on 07/22/2014 11:50:13 AM PDT by eCSMaster ("Your apathy is their power." - Sarah Palin Jul 19, 2014)
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Some of the comments here are interesting. From what I remember, Amtrak always had priority over freight trains, even on the rails it does not own. That may have changed within the past 15 years but I don’t think so. Usually, when an Amtrak train is delayed, its an issue with switching or a mechanical issue. And yes, these issues routinely can take several hours to fix if the train is in the middle of nowhere when the breakdown occurs. Its one of the downsides of rail travel.


14 posted on 07/22/2014 11:56:08 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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Freight has priority


15 posted on 07/22/2014 11:56:38 AM PDT by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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In my experience with AmTrak, it’s best to expect it to be late... and don’t use it if being late at your destination is a big problem.


16 posted on 07/22/2014 11:57:25 AM PDT by Rio (Proud resident of the State of Jefferson)
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To: NorthMountain

basic tracfone. not more distracting than a walkie-talkie.


17 posted on 07/22/2014 12:07:03 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Paul46360

you just finding that out.Its the government whats left to say


18 posted on 07/22/2014 12:08:25 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Paul46360

You could have a 2+ hour delay taking any given flight, and day, just as easily.


19 posted on 07/22/2014 12:08:55 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (At no time was the Obama administration aware of what the Obama administration was doing)
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To: Secret Agent Man

OK ... I got that from a retired MARC/Amtrak conductor. FWIW.


20 posted on 07/22/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT by NorthMountain
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