dowlingm wrote:1/3 more train mileage doesn't imply that if SR had run the train daily then that they would have proportionately more revenue and therefore losses also proportional. Surely that is how that segment ended up 3/weekly in the first place?
mtuandrew wrote:Also keep in mind that even with full allocation of costs to the Southern Crescent, SRY dipped crews from existing crew bases at a lower rate than today, used its own fuel at company prices (Amtrak pays market rate), had its own shops en route which maintained all of the railway's equipment (the Es and Budds were a small part of their rotation), paid no rent on facilities or trackage rights (aside from that allocated through the company), and had a switcher at Atlanta to cut and add cars at a company rate. Amtrak has none of these advantages. I have a feeling they carried more LCL freight to offset costs as well, but someone else will need to confirm or deny.
SouthernRailway wrote:Sounds like Class I freight railroads should take back all of Amtrak's long-distance passenger trains and be paid a subsidy.