Greg Moore wrote: ↑Thu Dec 16, 2021 11:36 am No, the Atlanta station. I forget the exact rules, but basically, even though there's a 2nd track, CSX can't use it when a train is approaching, in, or leaving the station, so there's like an hour window when the Crescent is in Atlanta where they have to hold their trains or otherwise schedule them differently.NS, but yes since the baggage and ADA access to the train is at-grade over the other track through the station. The way Amtrak has arranged things at the station, the Crescent also HAS to use that one track in particular which I'm sure imposes another limitation as well. Whatever trains they have parked to stay out of that window, they can't keep Amtrak from its track.
Adding a 2nd Amtrak train to the mix would not be welcome by them as it would tie up their main through there even longer. (now if you could guarantee that the NB and SB trains arrived and departed within say 20 minutes of each other, they might be more amicable, but nothing coming out of New Orleans will be on schedule at this point!)