It is fun to watch you folks have at it (and each other) in (mostly) good-humored fun. But I want to chime in again. Several of you chastised me for my criticism of Amtrak’s complete Northeast Corridor shutdown Sunday night. And upon reflection, I think, those of you critical me on this point were absolutely right. It was the right thing for Amtrak to do. In light of subsequent events, it was also Amtrak’s only sensible option.
Amtrak may (I don’t know) end up relatively undamaged. I can tell from published accounts that New Jersey Transit is in shambles. A picture of Transit’s Hoboken terminal under three feet of water was sobering; see for yourselves on the right. And what of Conrail, the switching railroad for both CSX and Norfolk Southern. It has got to be suffering mightily. I read a report somewhere of freight cars blocking the New Jersey Turnpike! I'll update you on Conrail if I can learn more.
So, just to be clear, my apologies to everyone at Amtrak for shooting from the hip. — Fred W. Frailey