Why aren't mixed trains financially viable?

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Re: Why aren't mixed trains financially viable?

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:25 pm

mtuandrew wrote:You might be able to get away with a mixed intermodal-passenger train on certain corridors, though woe be unto the passengers.
There was such a train: Three Rivers.
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Re: Why aren't mixed trains financially viable?

Postby CHTT1 » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:50 pm

Amtrak tried this a number of years ago by running express cars and roadrailers on its trains. The experiment irritated passengers since trains were delayed due to adding or subtracting express cars from the consist, it pissed off the freight railroads since they thought Amtrak was intruding on their turf and it lost money. Nothing to see here. Move on.
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Re: Why aren't mixed trains financially viable?

Postby mtuandrew » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:44 pm

It sounds like a stunt by a railfan-owner of a regional, or an Essential Rail Service in Canada.
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Re: Why aren't mixed trains financially viable?

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:00 am

The "Three Rivers" was the last gasp of the Broadway Ltd Washington section,it was more or less Amtrak's version of a "Mail and Express"
train between DC and Chicago,having more MHC's and Roadrailers then passenger cars(Amfleet I's).
Believe this was the train that started the Host RR's objections about the "Mail/Express " services and the speed restrictions
on the MHC's and Roadrailers were slapped on.
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Re: Why aren't mixed trains financially viable?

Postby John_Perkowski » Wed Jul 26, 2017 12:58 pm

See also the Warrington era "Amtrak Mail and Express" program. It failed.
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