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by Northropdweller
February 14th, 2013, 7:40 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Green Line / Central Corridor construction thread (archive)
Replies: 1598
Views: 281356

Re: Green Line (Central)

One day about a week ago, while I was workin'on the railroad on the eastbound Empire Builder...as we were coming into msp on the Minnesota Commercial yard, I happened to look to my right and I saw some rather large packages on board some freight cars that looked suspiciously like light rail vehicles...
by Northropdweller
September 8th, 2012, 11:34 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: How do you primarily get around?
Replies: 29
Views: 3282

Re: How do you primarily get around?

I chose multi-modal. I (have to) drive to work. On my days off the car sits, mostly, as I bike, walk and bus to most places from my house in south MPLS.
by Northropdweller
August 28th, 2012, 2:32 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 357
Views: 40549

Re: Empire Builder

It's really sad I can't use Amtrak this weekend. I can't take off work Friday just to buffer in a day to get to Madison. Really unfortunate since if it was reliable this would be perfect for many of my trips to Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. Do they allow last minute cancels? If so, I could buy a ...
by Northropdweller
August 28th, 2012, 2:14 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 357
Views: 40549

Re: Empire Builder

Yeah, it's late pretty frequently, particularly the eastbound #8 train which needs to run 1,800 miles before it gets here, and also has to make a coordinated meet at Spokane to join the Portland section (#28) onto the tail of the Seattle section. The westbound #7 can get significant delays too, but...
by Northropdweller
August 28th, 2012, 2:01 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 357
Views: 40549

Re: Empire Builder

So the Empire Builder is late quite a bit? I need to get to the Madison area on Saturday morning in time for a late afternoon wedding. I'd love to take the Empire Builder there but I don't know if I can trust that it would be on time. I would never make concrete plans within 6 hours of a scheduled ...
by Northropdweller
August 28th, 2012, 1:39 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 357
Views: 40549

Re: Empire Builder

"And the trains ran on time" Might have ominous connotations but if even a bus is late in Germany they all start talking about it. Someone should be accountable for delays (withing reason) and fix them The problem here is that reasons for train delays are extremely varied (could be a different reas...
by Northropdweller
August 23rd, 2012, 12:10 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 357
Views: 40549

Re: Empire Builder

Thanks for the responses. Yeah, the Devils Lake project is expected to begin construction in summer 2013. Looks like it's getting an expedited process for federal review and permits. http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/371458/group/News/ It'll probably take until 2015 for the construction to fi...
by Northropdweller
August 21st, 2012, 11:54 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 357
Views: 40549

Re: Empire Builder

Eep. I'd say go easy on the guy to start, but I suppose he gets asked that question every single day... Anyway, thanks for offering to answer questions, Northropdweller. Actually, the fact you live in Minneapolis brings up a few questions -- aren't the crew-change points in St. Cloud and Winona? Ho...
by Northropdweller
August 21st, 2012, 11:37 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 357
Views: 40549

Re: Empire Builder

I work on the Empire Builder as a conductor. I'll be happy to answer any questions, so long as I know the answer. ; ) Why is can't Amtrak design a schedule that works? People might use it more if the train wasn't so often delayed. There are so many reasons that these trains cannot run on time, and ...
by Northropdweller
August 20th, 2012, 9:47 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Amtrak Empire Builder and Intercity Rail to Chicago
Replies: 357
Views: 40549

Re: Empire Builder

I work on the Empire Builder as a conductor. I'll be happy to answer any questions, so long as I know the answer. ; )
by Northropdweller
June 15th, 2012, 10:45 am
Forum: Minneapolis - Downtown
Topic: Downtown Lunds - 1201 Hennepin Avenue S
Replies: 67
Views: 7946

Re: Downtown Lunds Store - 12th & Hennepin

As I was standing in line to check out, I overheard another customer talking to one of the corporate employees about the size of the store. The employee said that their NE, SLP and St. Cloud stores are all smaller than the Hennepin ave location. I'm not sure if she was meaning the entire 3 floors of...
by Northropdweller
June 15th, 2012, 1:49 am
Forum: Anything Goes
Topic: Introductions
Replies: 153
Views: 24027

Re: Introductions

Hi. My name is Josh, 31, and you guessed it: I live in the Northrop neighborhood, near 48th and Chicago. I work as a conductor for Amtrak on the Empire Builder. My partner is a MPLS homicide detective. Dog and cat are our children. Pretty normal couple with a comfortable life. I grew up in a small t...

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