NS office car train for public fall excursions

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NS office car train for public fall excursions

Postby SouthernRailway » Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:47 pm

Given the success that Amtrak has with using spare equipment for fall excursions, why doesn't Norfolk Southern use its office car train for public fall excursions on fall weekends? NS could charge a premium price and I'd pay it, and it would definitely get publicity and help people connect with railroads, which are otherwise so invisible.
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Re: NS office car train for public fall excursions

Postby bingdude » Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:33 pm

Short answer is they can't. Part of the original agreement N&W (and probably Southern too) signed with NRPC to create Amtrak specifically prohibits them from running their own passenger service.
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Re: NS office car train for public fall excursions

Postby SouthernRailway » Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:15 pm

Plenty of Class Is that joined Amtrak, including Norfolk Southern, operate excursion trains for passengers. BNSF and CSX also do; NS's excursion program is focused on steam-powered passenger trains.

Why not also just offer up the office car equipment for one of these? I'd pay a premium price to ride in it.
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Re: NS office car train for public fall excursions

Postby CHTT1 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:24 am

I don't think the NS higher-ups want the public messing up their cars.
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Re: NS office car train for public fall excursions

Postby lakeshoredave » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:52 pm

With all the cutbacks on class 1's recently there's no way this is happening.
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