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Informal poll
Posted by Lithonia Operator on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 9:13 PM

Who thinks that Amtrak will be allowed to run from NOLA to Mobile?

Or not.

Put me down as a yes, but barely, just a 51/49 yes.

Still in training.


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Posted by BaltACD on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 10:20 PM

If they are granted authority to operate, I feature it will be the Amtrak service with the largest loss/mile of operation, and it will get shut down by Amtrak after a relatively short period of time.

I don't think Amtrak actually made a case for operation.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 10:28 PM

Balt, I fear you may be right.

Still in training.


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Posted by BEAUSABRE on Thursday, July 28, 2022 12:05 AM

No

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Posted by anglecock on Thursday, July 28, 2022 10:14 AM

Will this be a state supported service ....if so the train could run empty and still break even

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, July 28, 2022 11:41 AM

Personally, I am almost astounded that they shouldn't be.  Amtrak ran service through these before the freight carriers discovered precision scheduling, and given a little Federal very best butter applied to the cams and springs, I doubt that a couple of trains each way actually poses a major logistics disaster for the freight railroads' service.

Of course they will have to stop being snide little children.  In the case of Federal officials it would appear that will be difficult.

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, July 28, 2022 2:58 PM

Note - there are 11 active movable bridges on the line between New Orleans and Mobile.  For several of the bridges, the bridge operators have to get Track Car Authorities from a location on 'dry land' to operate a track car to the bridge and relieve the On Duty bridge operator who then operates the track car back to 'dry land' and releases the Authority.  There is at least one passing siding on the line that cannot be accessed by highway vehicles.

Just some minor operational issues.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:05 PM

Overmod
Of course they will have to stop being snide little children.  In the case of Federal officials it would appear that will be difficult.

I don't know, tantrum-throwing seems to be all the rage nowadays.  SoapBox

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:33 PM

Amtrak seems awfully invested in the push to complete the reinstatement of the train to give in.  Unless there is a court case that stops it, I believe the service will happen.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Thursday, July 28, 2022 10:29 PM

Rode the Sunset Limited from Miami to L.A. back when that was operating. Long trip with miles of miles but an interesting trip. I do not recall any train hiccups, just ran the published schedule. Now the Class I's want no part of Amtrak. They can't run the freight trains reliably and want to blame Amtrak for their incompetence.

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Posted by alphas on Friday, July 29, 2022 8:18 PM

The Sunset Limited was Amtrak's biggest LD money loser.   I don't remember the exact figures but an LA to FL coach passenger cost Amtrak more than $700 over what the passenger paid.  

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