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Ocala Mike
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I was having my coffee and bagel with CBS on when I heard Arlo Guthrie singing "City of New Orleans." Naturally, this caught my attention and, lo and behold, Sunday Morning was doing a feature on Pullman Rail Journeys.

Mr. Ellis was interviewed, and there were some nice shots taken aboard a trip that one of their reporters took.

This program has somewhere north of 6 million viewers of the "right" demographic to possibly be interested in the services that PRJ offers. In any case, this free advertising certainly can't hurt.

I tried to find a link to the segment, but the best I could come up with was a link to the whole program below. Possibly, a "video converter" is required (whatever that is).

http://www.cbsnews.com/sunday-morning/

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From The Hotel Denver Glenwood Springs--

Mike, the link works fine, but the lobby computer here does not have audio.

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Thank you Mike! I very much enjoyed that. I know this has been talked about on this board. I think I will check out the PRJ site again. If possible I will rethink a trip on this train. But first the Queen Mary crossing in June.
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Worked fine for me, too. Thanks for the link, Mike.

What struck me most was the small number of people who seemed to be on the actual cars. I guess it might have been a demo run instead of an actual trip to N'Awlins.

Off again on Saturday for a 15 night transatlantic crossing from FLL to FCO on Celebrity Silhouette. Three nights in Rome at the end.

Frank in sunny and warming SBA

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Just returned home and watched the show (we record Sun morning). The most interesting thing: Ellis says they will have limited service to NY this fall and regular service next year.
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Frank, I think Phileas Fogg and Passepartout could have made FLL/KFLL-FCO/LIRF in less than 15 days aboard their hot air balloon.

Mike, I have now watched the video you linked complete with audio. Funny how a consist complete with a Great Dome Diner is shown - likely from an inaugural splash and hopefully not the one that went 'diamond hopping on the Wabash' at Tolono. Reportedly the regular consist remains at two cars - a 6-4-6 ex L&N '(seen 'em all)-Pine' and a Diner Obs 'Allegheny Club ex C&O. Frank too immediately noted same.

Further, funny how they choose to offer fares so low that, during off-peak times, PRJ is undercutting Amtrak Sleeper. While of course, with their Non-Agreement staff, PRJ can only offer end to end service, it still seems unwise, if I may say, to 'bite the hand that feeds thee'.

However for myself, the 'close shave' related at another PRJ topic I had last Summer was 'too close for comfort', while I'm certain PRJ would have exchanged for a future trip, a refund would be like pulling hen's teeth. There was simply too great a chance such a trip would end up an airfan's joyride - and at air piracy rates.

Finally, here is a direct link to the CBS News video:

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/pullman-rail-cars-a-detour-back-through-time/

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'Pop to top' for relevance to The New York Times article.
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