Literalman wrote:In reply to a couple of comments above: I think that the Cardinal goes to New York not to handle passengers between there and Chicago but because New York is Amtrak's biggest market, and a lot of the passengers from Virginia and West Virginia would be traveling to New York and other Northeast Corridor points north of Washington. A guaranteed connection at Washington might work well enough if the Cardinal reliably ran on time. At one time it was a Superliner train with end points in Chicago and Washington.
Alcochaser wrote:The Cardinal goes to NYP because that is where the single level long distance equipment is based.
CComMack wrote:Alcochaser wrote:The Cardinal goes to NYP because that is where the single level long distance equipment is based.
Fallacy. The Cardinal did quite well, mechanically, as a CHI-WAS Superliner train, drawing on the Superliner base in the Greater Washington area (split between WAS for the Capitol Limited and Lorton for the Auto Train, of course). But the train does much better financially today, now that it can serve the CVS-NYP and CVS-PHL markets without a change of train.
New city! Cincinnati - Baltimore/Washington (BWI) 3 daily nonstops
New city! Cincinnati - Chicago (Midway) 5 Su-F, 4 Sa