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Re: more sports team charters

Postby hs3730 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:23 pm

One area outside the northeast that would work: San Diego - LA.

I can't think of any others, though.
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Re: more sports team charters

Postby Bob Roberts » Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:19 pm

hs3730 wrote:One area outside the northeast that would work: San Diego - LA.

I can't think of any others, though.


Chicago -- Milwaukee (MLB, NBA)
Sacramento -- Oakland (NBA)
Seattle - Portland (MLS)
Buffalo - Toronto (NHL)
Buffalo - Cleveland (NFL) is doable (although perhaps not practical due to equipment needs)

In the possibly too long a ride category are:

Chicago - St Louis
Chicago - Detroit
Montreal -- Toronto (NHL) -- tons of fans do this route however

Miami - Orlando (Amtrak is too slow but coming soon on Brightline)

Brightline aside, host railroads would probably be grumpy about special trains on any (all) of these routes.
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Re: more sports team charters

Postby hs3730 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:04 pm

Bob Roberts wrote:...
Buffalo - Toronto (NHL)
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Montreal -- Toronto (NHL) -- tons of fans do this route however
Brightline aside, host railroads would probably be grumpy about special trains on any (all) of these routes.


The two NHL ones would involve mostly Canadian railroad trackage, Canada+hockey=not grumpy (not to mention GO slowly buying up the route from CN). However they've called Buffalo-Toronto matchups the "Battle of the QEW", not sure the "Battle of the Oakville Subdivision" has the same ring to it.

Also I didn't know Seattle and Portland both had MLS teams, that was one I thought of but couldn't figure out a sport that would fit. Cool!
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Re: more sports team charters

Postby GirlOnTheTrain » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:34 am

CarterB wrote:If Amtrak is denying or cancelling all private varnish excursions, and all scenic excursions, then why are they still "chartering" for Sports teams!!!

If the Yankees wrote you a check to run a train between New York and Baltimore would you turn your nose up at it?
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Re: more sports team charters

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:03 pm

Bob Roberts wrote:Buffalo - Cleveland (NFL) is doable (although perhaps not practical due to equipment needs).

Affirmative, since the Browns did it in 2015 when visiting Bills. Their train was a Empire Service consist (with Northeast Regional cafe).

Also Browns-Steelers and Indians-Pirates would be feasible. Prudential Center (Devils) is two blocks from Newark Penn Station, not sure if the Devils used trains before (Rangers often).
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Re: more sports team charters

Postby Backshophoss » Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:54 pm

The "sports"charters are at least break even with a dash of Profit in some cases.
Just about all the costs for the trip and any deadhead moves are covered. :-)
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