FIFTY YEARS AGO – THE SLOGAN WAS NEXT TIME TAKE THE TRAIN – YOU WOULD TRAVEL PULLMAN FOR COMFORT AND SAFETY – TODAY AMTRAK IS AN INSULT TO THE HISTORY OF USA PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE

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Amtrak Passengers Stuck On ‘Train From Hell’ For Almost 24 Hours on the CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR.

Amtrak being allowed to ues the name CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR is an insult to one of the great streamliners in American history (pictured to the left).

The slogan for the Pullman Company was “next time take the train.”  You would be able to travel in Pullman comfort and safety.  No longer possible with the totally inept Amtrak.

If only it were realistically possible to travel in the safety and comfort of Pullman accommodations today.   That of course is over.  Deluxe first class reliable train travel in the tradition of the Pullman Company is now history.  Amtrak is the blight that replaced the great American trains with another third-rate US government institution.

The Pullman Company carried millions of passengers and had a great safety record.

Amtrak can barely move 95 percent less people and has accidents monthly.  More passenger fatalities than the history of the Pullman Company. Now, the USA has the equivalent of “Third World” rail passenger travel.  The California Zephyr (a name Amtrak should never have been allowed to desecrate) arrived 24 hours late this week after a five day hell ride from San Francisco to Chicago. Rail travel under our inept government is now evident in the the dreadful money wasting Amtrak. Let private enterprise take over this Washington joke!

Looking back at when passenger trains were great:

Today – “the boss” would have to take the night off to fly anywhere – with delays, weather problems and endless third rate security efforts. He would never take the shoddy Amtrak.

You would never dine like this aboard Amtrak.

Today, you would never relax with a drink like this on Amtrak.  And of course no one be dressed like this.

Today, you would never enjoy a private drawing room such as Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint enjoyed in Alfred Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST aboard the 20th Century Ltd.

As for departure – you would never have the freedom of boardings like these – as passengers head for the all-Pullman SUPER CHIEF for its 39 hour trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.  Amtrak’s train from hell last week took over 100 hours to make it from San Francisco Chicago.  More American progress.

Happy New Year from Amtrak: Watch video of outraged passengers arriving from Amtrak’s Train from Hell in Chicago. 24 Hours Late. Are times worse than the past?   Decide for yourself.

THIS IS HOW WE TRAVEL BY TRAIN TODAY IN THE USA ON THE DREADFUL AMTRAK-

HAPPY NEW YEAR: Amtrak Passengers Stuck On ‘Train From Hell’ For Five Days.(SEE ABOVE VIDEO) – JAN 10, 2010

Passengers aboard the California Zephyr train that arrived in Chicago from San Francisco yesterday were expecting a long trip. But not this long. The ride arrived over 24 hours late to Union Station due to the inclement weather and other ill fate.  Over 100 hours of hell.

The train struck a pickup truck in Iowa, according to the NBC Chicago report. But the snowstorm, which left snow drifts “two stories high” in parts of Nebraska, caused most of the slowdown.

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