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Mistral

Postby philipmartin » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:10 pm

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Re: Mistral

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:57 pm

As I noted at another topic, I rode "Le Mistral" Paris/Nord-Nice during May 1971 (after A-Day).

I don't know which was more "luxo"; Mistral or Midland Pullman.
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Re: Mistral

Postby johnthefireman » Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:53 am

Pardon my ignorance - what is A-Day?
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Re: Mistral

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:49 am

A-Day was May 1, 1971; the first day of Amtrak.

Here is discussion amongst some of us who have been around these parts for a while;

viewtopic.php?f=155&t=1203
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Re: Mistral

Postby johnthefireman » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:16 am

Thanks, Gilbert. Nostalgic stuff. I would still have been in the sixth form of grammar school (the highest class in high school) on that day, but despite my interest in British railways, I was unaware at that time of what was clearly a momentous day for US railroaders.
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Re: Mistral

Postby george matthews » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:19 am

johnthefireman wrote:Thanks, Gilbert. Nostalgic stuff. I would still have been in the sixth form of grammar school (the highest class in high school) on that day, but despite my interest in British railways, I was unaware of what was clearly a momentous day for US railroaders.

Practically, it was the closure of a large number of American rail services, reducing the passenger system to a bare minimum.
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Re: Mistral

Postby ExCon90 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:36 pm

I remember when sometime in the late 50's-early 60's a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission (the regulatory commission overseeing railroads) named Howard Hosmer (I think) commented that at the current rate of discontinuances there would be virtually no long-distance passenger trains left in the U. S. within (I think) 10 years or so. Everybody said no way--never happen--what is he thinking--etc., etc., etc. As it turned out I don't think he was off by more than 5 years or so.
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