I took a cross-country train trip! technology connextras

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Technology Connextras 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

(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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Callum Booth-Lewis 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

I did SF to Chicago in coach (with a 2 day break in Denver). Still awesome.

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Django Bit 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

It shows how abysmal train service is when the bathroom is referred to as a "typical airplane bathroom" instead of a plane bathroom being referred to as a typical train bathroom

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CSX Railfan Nick 1003 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

The lead locomotive is a GE P42DC

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Andi K 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

Until America uses a Bulllit train type of travel it will never be econimical if it were electrictrified it would help a journey of 10 hrs from chicargo to LA should not take any more than that

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Daniel Kays 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

I would imagine that like TVA and COA, Amtrac makes tax equivalent payments to municipalities they operate in as a publicly held business. I would love to see the federal government, over a decade, invest a hundred billion or more in maintenance of existing and development of new rail lines. We need routes for example development of high speed passenger service from Miami to Orlando, Gainesville to Cleveland via Macon, Atlanta, Dalton Chattanooga, Louisville, Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus. Also from Chattanooga to Nasville, Memphis, Little Rock, Fort Smith, Muskogee, OKC, Amarillo… to the west coast. If they provided connections to all the major cities that the interstate system provided, and promote its use, we could remove millions of cars from the roads. They could remake movies like North by Northwest and create other movies to make railroad travel sexy again. The USA is way behind the rest of the world in passenger rail service. High speed rail is much more friendly to the environment than flying, and air routes, are getting very crowded. I for one.would love to travel by rail and rent an electric car at my destination. I loved this video.

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Storm WarningMom 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

the part when you went by the ocean was my favorite part. Thanks.

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Emerald Queen 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

San Francisco & the Bay Area are practically famous for the fog….

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Randall Craft 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

I wish you had said over the mountains and through the woods in stead of over the mountains and into town haha

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Will P 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

Suggestion: take a road trip in early spring '22 and enjoy the gorgeous desert southwest! Thanks for the really fun video, and I'm so glad you got to get out and see the country. Hope you've had a booster and stay well! 🙂

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John Blue 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

About the space on the top bunk:

My parents have a sailing boat (not quite fancy enough that I would call it a yacht) which is about 10 meters long IIRC and has limited sleeping options… For our family of 5.

So as we used to all sleep there on summer vacations and whatnot way back when, my bed would be this really small barely a crawlspace, I'd say less than half a meter vertical room, spot that is under stern deck, the part that's lowered a bit where you would navigate and steer from (I don't know what you call that on a smaller boat, is it still "helm"? I barely know these terms in Finnish let alone English).

So anyways I gotta say I do have a bit of claustrophobia and always have but that particular thing – sleeping in a tight spot – somehow doesn't bother me quite as much. It is not very difficult to get out of after all.

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Jake Sorrow 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

29:31 is that a Pizza John t-shirt?? Great video by the way

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David Gannon 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

I took the Hiawatha up to Milwaukee one weekend about 20 years ago with a friend, from DC. We rode coach on the way up (*not* recommended for overnight!), but got a $50 upgrade to a sleeper for the trip back. Much nicer, but it was as cramped as our host said.

Thing was, in the morning, as I was trying to get the upper bunk to "click" into its stored position, I placed my back against the door and *pushed*!

… Did anyone notice the glass in those doors? I sure didn't!

CRACK … "Uh-oh…" My buddy and I just closed the curtain and went to breakfast. As we were eating, a conductor came to our table, very stern, asking about the door.

Thinking fast, and having dealt with the lurching train all morning, I said that I was putting the bed back when the train lurched, and I fell backwards into the door.

His attitude spun 180° in a nanosecond, and the next thing we knew, we were in a deluxe sleeper for the rest of the trip!

It was a lot nicer, as it had a lot more room to sit, and a table folded out, allowing us to play card games! It also has a shower in the bathroom, too!

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David Gannon 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

10 People do not use trains because they don't go enough places.
20 Trains don't go more places because people don't use trains.
30 Goto 10

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Richard DuBois 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

any antihistamine makes me very groggy the next day, and for hours of that day. overall, not worth it as any type of regular routine. And often I take 1/3 of a 25mg pill, still groggy and the sleep is not productive.

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John Doe 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

More videos on train stuff could be fun

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John Doe 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

Dolphin in the water at 45:00?

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John Doe 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

Took one to Chicago once. Best sleep I ever had

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phueal 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

I love the dining car for an unusual reason: when I got the Amtrak from Montreal to New York City, the dining car was "immigration". And it was by far the best experience of US immigration I've ever had. The train stops on the border, some agents board, and they walk through the train just checking any US or Canadian citizens in their seats; for the rest of us (I'm British), we went along to the dining car and got to have our papers processed quickly in comfortable seats and a convivial atmosphere. So different to the airport.

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Simulation Station 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

Is heroin your sleep aid?

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Mike Kobb 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

You must have the same sock subscription service I do.

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Alan Guile 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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

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Matt Collins 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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

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desepticon4 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

you having an argument with the closet door 🤣

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electrictroy2010 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

5:30 shower room

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Kelly L Smith 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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

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Bjarki Hilmarsson 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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

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daytimeslacker 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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

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Dee D 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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

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Stevie Cooper 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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 07/12/2021 - 5:50 Chiều

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

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