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I REALLY wanted to like Amtrak

rfranzosa
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May 2nd, 2018, 6:40 pm #1

Maybe a bit off topic, but I had said I would try to get a photo of the FL9s allegedly at the NH station in CDOT paint.

I had a last minute add to my business trip in Boston, a one day conference in NYC.  I took the opportunity to take Amtrak #2171 (Acela) business class from South Station to Penn Station.  Schedule calls for a 3:05 PM departure, arrival at NYP at 6:50 PM.

A red cap met me at South Station and put my bags on the train for me, identified the 'quiet' car, which I declined (BIG mistake).

The condition of the car was pretty deplorable  (see below), but we had smooth sailing until just about Old Saybrook, where we started to crawl....
They announced that there had been a disabled train earlier in the day and we would have to wait for some eastbound traffic to clear.   Three trains went by in rapid succession.  Soon we were back up to speed, but we stopped dead in Madison.   For over an hour.  They kept us informed, but basically we had to wait for six more eastbound trains to go by before we were allowed to head west.  

We are now crawling again through Bridgeport, it's 6:40.  I'm pretty sure we won't be in NYC in the next 10 minutes...

... and there were no FL9s visible from the train in New Haven!

Rick Franzosa
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nhhe52
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May 2nd, 2018, 8:37 pm #2

I’ve traveled in Italy by electrified long distance train many times since the 1970’s and never experienced a delay and in perfectly maintained coaches.   They’ve always appeared as brand new.

We pay so much in federal and state taxes which in part subsidize Amtrak and we get so little for it in return.

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rfranzosa
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May 2nd, 2018, 9:05 pm #3

nhhe52 wrote:I’ve traveled in Italy by electrified long distance train many times since the 1970’s and never experienced a delay and in perfectly maintained coaches.   They’ve always appeared as brand new.

We pay so much in federal and state taxes which in part subsidize Amtrak and we get so little for it in return.

Ed
I did get a more in-depth explanation later. Somewhere east of New Haven, they had taken one track out of service, and a train broke down on the other track.

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May 3rd, 2018, 12:26 pm #4

As both a former New Haven and Amtrak employee (and an occasional visitor to this website) I wonder just what is the relevance of this particular topic in regards to the intended purpose of the NHRHTA,  it seems to me that neither disparaging remarks about Shoreline dispatching decisions nor a comparison of Italy's on time performance record with Amtrak's, has much if anything to do with the New Haven which ceased to exist on January 1, 1969 (except in the hearts and mind of those who loved it and continue to love it).  There are certainly other websites available for those persons who would like to point out Amtrak's flaws or sing the praises of other countries' transportation systems... perhaps I am much too sensitive but I, for one, would suggest that this thread is more than "a bit off topic."
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rfranzosa
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May 3rd, 2018, 1:07 pm #5

Carl J Demotses wrote:As both a former New Haven and Amtrak employee (and an occasional visitor to this website) I wonder just what is the relevance of this particular topic in regards to the intended purpose of the NHRHTA,  it seems to me that neither disparaging remarks about Shoreline dispatching decisions nor a comparison of Italy's on time performance record with Amtrak's, has much if anything to do with the New Haven which ceased to exist on January 1, 1969 (except in the hearts and mind of those who loved it and continue to love it).  There are certainly other websites available for those persons who would like to point out Amtrak's flaws or sing the praises of other countries' transportation systems... perhaps I am much too sensitive but I, for one, would suggest that this thread is more than "a bit off topic."
Hi Carl,

I hesitated on posting this, and I should have obeyed that instinct. I apologize for going off on this tangent.

Train service personnel were courteous, professional and kept their cool through what must have been a frustrating day.

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May 3rd, 2018, 1:18 pm #6

Fair enough, thank you for your response, my blood pressure is back to normal, peace is restored, and "everything looks good from the stack to the hack."
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May 4th, 2018, 10:54 am #7

Carl:

I agree with you 100%; no offense to Rick Franzosa. This organization is about the NYNH&H RR and its origins. Our time frame is August 1872-Dec. 1968.
I've noticed the PRR group's "The Keystone" has CR, NS, PC and foreign stuff. Perhaps they don't realize the PRR ended in Feb. 1968.

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rfranzosa
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May 4th, 2018, 11:12 am #8

Richard Abramson wrote:Carl:

I agree with you 100%; no offense to Rick Franzosa. This organization is about the NYNH&H RR and its origins. Our time frame is August 1872-Dec. 1968.
I've noticed the PRR group's "The Keystone" has CR, NS, PC and foreign stuff. Perhaps they don't realize the PRR ended in Feb. 1968.

Rick
None taken, Rick. I should have known better.

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May 4th, 2018, 11:20 am #9

Thanks "other" Rick. . .appreciate it!!

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shorelinerich
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June 9th, 2018, 9:18 pm #10

I believe you can see the fl9’s from i95, saw something interesting in the yard this week


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