Amtrak's regulars treasure the Pennsylvanian

There are 5 comments on the Post-gazette.com story from Feb 16, 2013, titled Amtrak's regulars treasure the Pennsylvanian. In it, Post-gazette.com reports that:

The steady rumble of steel wheels on tracks is punctuated by the wail of a locomotive horn and then, oddly, by the pop of a champagne cork.

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Since: Jan 11

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#1 Feb 23, 2013
Wow, just 400 riders a day? There are going to be some tough budget decisions coming down the line. This one doesn't seem so tough.

(Just curious... How does Latrobe service work? Does the train always stop in Latrobe, or are they notified when there's a rider and only then stop? Can you also get off of the train in Latrobe?)

Since: Apr 11

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#2 Feb 23, 2013
I believe that now Latrobe is what was called years ago a "Whistle Stop". If there are passenger(s) either boarding or getting off at Latrobe the train will stop at a "platform", no longer a station.
Years ago I use to ride the "St Louisian" from Harrisburg to Pittsburg on then the Pennsylvania Railroad (The Pennsy). It was an enjoyable trip, including the dining car and the club car.
Sometimes I think we have gone backwards when it comes to travel.
trains changed world

Carlisle, PA

#3 Feb 23, 2013
Paladinhgwt wrote:
Sometimes I think we have gone backwards when it comes to travel.
Endless other industrialized countries use trains and everyone is used to them.

Many parts of the US use trains to carry people into cities.

There's no reason that Westmoreland County can't use its already existing train system to get people into Pittsbrugh for higher paying jobs, or just jobs in general.

“Operation Duck Face”

Since: May 11

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#4 Feb 23, 2013
When my husband and I started dating, he lived in Philly. Every weekend, he would ride the train from there to here to see me. The prospect of it being gone is a little disheartening.
trains changed world

Carlisle, PA

#5 Feb 24, 2013
ArtGal wrote:
When my husband and I started dating, he lived in Philly. Every weekend, he would ride the train from there to here to see me. The prospect of it being gone is a little disheartening.
Hi ArtGal:

Good Sunday morning to you. I've been thinking about you, wondering how you are.

It must have been terribly romantic for your husband to use the train to visit you.

Everyone needs to realize that the line that's possible being terminated is not a commuter line, but a vacation line.

-----If Westmoreland County leaders, and Latrobe, Blairsville, Derry, and Greensburg leaders go their heads out of their asses, a communuter line leaving Latrobe at the correct time of day -- 7:15 am -- nad returning to Latrobe around 6:30 pm, could be implemented and funded.

Have a good spring garden clean-up ;-)

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