To my thinking, this makes absolutely NO SENSE.
Amtrak crews operating between Rensselaer and New York will now
operate under CSX rules from Rensselaer to Poughkeepsie, Metro-North
rules from Poughkeepsie to CP-12 and finally NORAC rules from CP-12 to
Penn Station, New York.
CSX crews over east get the business too, they will need to operate over
both CSX territory and NORAC territory.
My prediction, and I sincerely hope I am proven wrong on this one, is that
a major wreck will occur within a year somewhere on the territory involved in this needless change.
All of the northeastern railroads should be sitting down to develop one
rulebook instead of Metro-North, Long Island R.R., CSX, Norac and maybe more all going their separate ways. Signal conflicts could be
accounted for in the timetable if not in the rulebook and Metro-North's
unique signal system could be included too.
Let's see, an Amtrak active extra board engineer in Rensselaer now needs
to be qualified on at least five different rulebooks, CN, VTR, NORAC, MNCR and now CSX.
Even in my time years ago on the New Haven Railroad, the most we had
to do was four, L.I.R.R., P.R.R., N.Y.C. and of course N.Y.N.H. & H.
CSX "highballing to nowhere".