I took a cross-country train trip! technology connextras

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I took a train! Here are my thoughts!
And don’t you come for Amtrak. Let’s be proud of the things we’ve built and nurture them – not destroy them.

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Technology Connextras 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

(edited) Well… it's not exactly fun to know that the day I upload this video a derailment happens on another of Amtrak's lines. I don't think there's any place for my commentary, but I'm hoping for the best outcome for all involved.

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Simulation Station 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Is heroin your sleep aid?

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Mike Kobb 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Just before I watched your video, I happened to be watching videos of overnight train trips in Japan. It's downright depressing how bad Amtrak is compared to other parts of the world. I completely agree with your commentary on the idiocy of Amtrak's current structure. It's just a way to ensure that it continues to languish.

With that said, a number of years ago, I took the Zephyr from San Francisco to Denver. A friend and I shared one of the roomettes like the one you had for this video. It was indeed rather close quarters, but the lounge/observation car was a delight to visit on that scenic trip, and I spent a lot of time there. I absolutely loved the experience.

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RoyalSupertramp 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

You must have the same sock subscription service I do.

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Alan Guile 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Here in the UK all routes are a bit shorter! I still remember going from Liverpool to London for my first job interviews. The idea was you grab a cheap seat, pile your stuff on it, then make your way to the dining car which was a first class coach set up for breakfast. For about £10 extra you got a great breakfast, loads of coffee and toast. Then you could stay there with the occasional coffee until about ten minutes from London when you had to return to your cheap seat and prepare for the fight to get off the train! First class travel for a cheap ticket plus a tenner. All gone now, if your lucky they will sell you a bacon sarnie to eat standing in the corridor😢.

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Jay Rudder 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Spot on about the time and money factors. I wanted to go to New Orleans from Boston a couple of years go. It would have taken me 28 more hours and $350 more dollars. I was almost willing to spend the money but the time and change overs would have eaten into my 6 days off 😭

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Zillymonkeytv 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

its crazy in most countries trains is the cheapest way to cross a country but here its planes

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Matt Collins 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Government shouldn't run the trains, the mail, the schools, the healthcare, etc. It does a poor job at anything it undertakes. Plus it's unconstitutional (except for the mail).

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John Counts 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I take umbrage with your use of what I consider to be a straw man argument. ("Amtrak is terrible and is a waste of taxpayer money because it doesn't make money")

while there may be someone somewhere that says this as an argument, it is neither the prevailing nor the strongest case against socialism in transportation and other industries in the US.

to be brief, efficiency aside, (because it can be argued government industries are inherently a misappropriation of finite resources, but can be countered that those in favor don't care and that that is a sacrifice they're willing to subject others to, and if put bluntly like that, fair enough I suppose) the greatest principled argument against government subsidized (and especially government controlled and operated) rail is the same argument against the government acquisition of roads under Eisenhower and against the MIC you pointed out you are rightly against: that all three of these things (and more) are unconstitutional, and if pet projects like that are forwarded at the expense of said constitution, there are then no actual boundaries on government power over its citizenry.

it could literally be the greatest deal ever for the money, it still is a shame that it has happened on principle.

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Petar Rica 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Building all those tracks would be outrageously expensive and unnecessary since air travel already exists and is faster…

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desepticon4 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

If they were more luxurious I would be interested. Anyone ever play The Last Express? That's what I mean.

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D G Roberts 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I've traveled from coast to coast on Canada on the sleepers. Interestingly enough, you catch the older cars from Toronto to Vancouver and newer cars from Montreal to Halifax. There's no sleepers from Toronto to Montreal, even as you travel through the nation's Capitol of Ottawa. These were very expensive trips but once in a lifetime trips. You could also book the "Prestige" rooms for a whole lot more $.

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ΥOᴜ DOᴎ,T KᴻoW ME 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

you having an argument with the closet door 🤣

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electrictroy2010 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

5:30 shower room

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Kelly L Smith 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I'm sorry but I am squeeing over your Awesome Socks! I love mine and I just renewed for next year. Also love the video and commentary.

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Andres Bravo 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

It took 42 hours, but wow, Wow, WOW.

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Bjarki Hilmarsson 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Here's just over 600 miles (12 hours) sleeper train in Sweden https://youtu.be/rE9FBv7-pi8

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daytimeslacker 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I'm sorry, all that I could think about was how your hair looked like Eddy Monsters. I did like the video thou.

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Nicholas Gad 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

P.S. please minimise commenting on the virus. I watch your stuff to escape all the virus related stuff.

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Nicholas Gad 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Thank you for this video Alec. I wanted to take a sleeper train from Florida to Chicago when I visited the US in 2010. But at $950 per person for 2.5 days, vs $99 for a 5h flight… hence thanks for taking the financial hit instead!

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Chris Doutre 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

The thing that I really appreciated is how quiet the train is. I rode the Coast Starlight with my brother-in-law and we were able to carry on a normal conversation. Not like an airplane at all.

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mgabrysSF 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Full size sleepers are nice. I didn't do one in the US – but between Moscow and what was then called Leningrad (student exchange diplomatic thing during Petestroika, long story). Much comfier than the mini sleepers.

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Luis Daniel Mesa Velasquez 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I took a train here in Spain yesterday, I saw people working, watching movies, etc. Do you think that if the internet service in the train was better people would like it more and prices would go down? I paid 50€ for a round trip Madrid-Barcelona. No food though, food is purchased at the cafeteria car. This was the high speed train, 300Km/h tops

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Alexander Dukes 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Love the spicy political rant lol. Because I agree with it haha.

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Dee D 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I looked at taking Amtrak from Dallas,TX to Chicago, IL for a funeral. That would have been cheaper at the time than flying, but I didn't have much time off and I couldn't make it work.

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Stevie Cooper 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I like to put the playback speed on x.25 and count the sleepers

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Stevie Cooper 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I really liked this video. I’m not too knowledgeable about trains but I definitely find them interesting. Here in Australia we have some long tracks. There isn’t much in between our states, lots of desert. I’m unsure if there is much to see. Appreciate your content. Thanks.

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Jason Wolfanger 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Went from Syracuse NY to Dallas TX. took about as long as it did for you. Only thing is my wife and I did it with a 3 year old and a newborn….oh yeah my mother in law. In coach…………… Any way it was an adventure. Would love to go again just the wife and I in a sleeper car or even a roomette. thanks for the wonderful vid.

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BOOM BOX 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

finally amtrack is introducing new sleeper car and they r getting rid of that horrible wash basin and prison toilet

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Peter Lutz 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Trouble with Amtrack, aside from being mismanaged government welfare company, is that it's far more expensive than travel by car, bus or plane.

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el guapo 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Sounds like commie talk…

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gchampi2 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Next time you visit Bro, try the California Zephyr to San Fran, then the Coast Starlight from SF to LA. . Much prettier. It cuts through both the Rockies & Sierras during daylight, so the views are amazeballs. The boring, mostly flat bits (the western deserts & the great plains) are traversed at night…
As to the point of long distance sleeper trains, it's not so much about getting somewhere quickly, it's about enjoying the journey. Sure, air travel is faster, but the train is a whole lot less stressful (No TSA agents touching you in uncomfortable places), a whole lot prettier (esp. the Cali Zephyr), a hella load more comfortable (LEGROOM!!!), and is usually cheaper in real terms – if you add 2 nights accommodation, travel costs to/from airport to city center, and meals to the price of an air ticket, suddenly a sleeper train isn't all that expensive.

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Harrison Koch 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

Hahaha, as a viewer who has lived in Tucson, AZ pretty much my whole life, it's funny that you mentioned missing AZ. It's definitely different than most of the rest of the country if you go through southern AZ. Northern AZ not so much.

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Liquid Flames 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I took the school trip to DC. I live in Florida. That's was about 15 hours. But it was in 1994. It's weird to see that almost nothing has changed in almost 30 years. I don't know why I expected anything had. It's a train. What can really change?

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DerParadonym 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

It's interesting how the us guys find trains interesting…
Just that it's the main transport in germany.

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JETZcorp 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

The thing about rail, for me, is that it needs to solve a problem. It's well and good to say that the highway system doesn't make money, but that logic also applies to building ferries in Albuquerque or an 8-terminal international airport in Burns, Oregon. If the government is going to lose money, it should at least be beneficial.

I just don't see the problem that trains solve in most of the US. It's like, an airplane that's less of a hassle to board? If it's a really fast train then it's a smidge faster on a short-haul journey.

Now in Europe, with the amount of people and space they have, solving that with air travel is going to create some unholy air traffic, so that's a problem that rail solves. In China, the military controls 70% of their airspace, and the remainder is simply not enough; they also had a problem and solved it. But in the US? You can get a ticket right now to go from LAX to SFO for $31, it's 45 minutes from rotate to touchdown, and neither the airspace not airports are saturated. And that's one of the better cases for rail. If you want to run from Denver to Seattle, the train just makes no sense unless you're looking for a nice scenic vacation. I don't think "nice scenic vacation" justifies a big subsidy.

I say let Amtrak drop it's unprofitable routes and serve the places where it creates value. Then it will have some money with which to expand service into other areas where rail makes sense, which are currently unserved or underserved. As it is, the long-haul routes are not just a parasite on the taxpayer, but also a parasite on Amtrak's growth and success.

For what it's worth, I'm also totally down for making the airports and highways pay for themselves. Free stuff is always the most expensive.

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znelson32 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I took the same route a decade ago and found it stunning how the landscape changes across America. Particularly how the foothills pop out of nowhere and the Rockies appear.

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Mike Harris 21/11/2021 - 11:10 Sáng

I wish amtrak came through phoenix. I've always wanted to do a train trip as i've never been on one since phoenix does not have any train service.

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