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November 1998

Rail Photos, Reports

November 14, 1998 RailPAC Meeting

The Speakers at the November 14, 1998 RailPAC meeting were Stacey Mortensen, Executive Director of the Altamont Commuter Express, and Bill Fleisher, Managing Director of the Amtrak Capitols Rail Service.

The presentation given by Bill Fleisher of the Amtrak Capitols Rail Service was essentially the same as the presentation that I saw him give at the TRAC meeting last week on November 7, 1998.

The Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) trains have been in operation for just a few weeks and they are already experiencing record ridership. A third train is planned to go into operation in the near future.

W. Powell was our Conductor on the Amtrak Capitol train from Sacramento to Oakland, California.

Stacey Mortenson, Executive Director, Altamont Commuter Express.

RailPAC President Alan Wimmergren with Bill Fleisher, Managing Director of the Amtrak Capitol Rail Service.

John Raina, Jr. of East Bay Railroad Sightings.

Ray Burns of TrainWeb at RailPAC meeting standing in front of china closet at The Old Spaghetti Factory Restaurant in Jack London Square, Oakland, California.

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It Is Heard, 2008-11-08

  • Reliable sources from Amtrak West report that negotiations related to the Los Angeles to Las Vegas Talgo Train have run into difficulty and the earliest this services is expected to go into operation is in late 1999, but more likely in 2000. This extra Talgo equipment might be placed into service on the Amtrak San Joaquins until needed on the Las Vegas run. So, while you won’t be able to take a new Talgo to Las Vegas anytime soon, you can ride one to Bakersfield instead!
  • Control of the “Amtrak Capitols” have been taken over by the new Joint Powers Board. Over the next 5 years or so they hope to increase the number of Capitol trains to ten per day. On the sad side, the new Joint Powers Board declined to participate in the Comprehensive Amtrak California Timetable project. (Does this mean they didn’t want to contribute funds to produce it?) As a result, Amtrak California has decided to not produce this useful timetable. Thus, don’t look for that convenient pocket guide at your local Amtrak station! The last edition contained comprehensive timetables for the San Diegans, San Joaquins, Capitols, Coast Starlight, Sunset Limited/Texas Eagle, Southwest Chief and California Zephyr. It all provided brief maps of the Light Rail Transit systems in San Diego, San Jose, Los Angeles, as well as BART. Maps were also included for Caltrain and Metrolink along with connection information to all of the above rail systems as well as quite a bit of other useful information. These handy pocket Amtrak California Timetables will be missed!