Montrealer aka Bootlegger

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Friday, July 28, 2017 10:25 AM

I'm pretty sure that Washington Terminal had three C-1 0-8-0's.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, July 30, 2017 4:52 AM

And how many 0-6-0's?

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Posted by wanswheel on Sunday, January 28, 2018 7:34 PM

Since there's already a lot about my father on this thread, excerpt from 1970 AP article.     The Broadway Limited: Old and worn but comfortable, it can take travelers out of New York in late afternoon and have them in Chicago early the next morning in time for a full day of business. The $90 fare, including pullman charges, is about the same as the cost of flying out that afternoon and getting a hotel room. Yet the Broadway on a recent trip had only 10 per cent occupancy, according to a steward. Porters were idling in empty sleepers. "These trains are the best kept secret in the world," said Joe MacDonald, one of the few passengers aboard. "There's just no effective merchandising." MacDonald, a buyer for Continental Can, travels 50,000 miles a year by rail. He has a standing bet with everyone in his New York office that he can spend less business time traveling by train than they can by flying. Nobody has collected yet, he says. But MacDonald says the girl in his New York office who makes 30,000 reservations a year for the company won't handle his itinerary. He says she tells him: "If you want to go by train, I don't have time to fool with it, please do it yourself."

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Posted by Miningman on Monday, January 29, 2018 9:48 AM

Thats quite the excerpt and very telling...first realization is the price of things before the oil crisis and second stunner is how far passenger service by 1970 had been abandoned and out of the minds of the public. 10% occupancy on the Broadway, the office gal refusing to book travel for the salesman and all by 1970 clearly demonstrates the success of the effort to rid us all of this relic from the past. 

As Trains asked back then " Who shot the passenger train". 

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, January 29, 2018 9:54 AM

Those prices don't reflect oil price shock except peripherally; you're seeing the consequence of Nixon abandoning Bretton Woods and letting the dollar float.


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