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by sullysullinburg
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Why does the Auto-Train Service Approach being Profitable?
Replies: 73
Views: 11102

Re: Why does the Auto-Train Service Approach being Profitabl

There’s not a ton of things that can really be done to increase the profitability of the AT in its current form. The route is pretty well set. CSX will not allow a longer train. The only real options are to raise prices or cut back on some on board amenities. As long as the train is consistently sel...
by sullysullinburg
Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Why does the Auto-Train Service Approach being Profitable?
Replies: 73
Views: 11102

Re: Why does the Auto-Train Service Approach being Profitabl

Does anyone have solid numbers on ridership for passengers and cars?
by sullysullinburg
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak 91 - CSX Collision Cayce, SC - 2/4/18
Replies: 304
Views: 44196

Re: Amtrak 91 - CSX Collision Cayce, SC - 2/4/18

This might be splitting hairs over the word choice, but why would the engineer jump out of train when saw saw another train coming on a different track? The NTSB said he saw the train coming, and before it eneteted the switch he jumped off. If you threw the switch, then you wouldn’t be worried, right?
by sullysullinburg
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Gateway Tunnels
Replies: 1989
Views: 409945

Re: Amtrak Gateway Tunnels

Is there any sort of plan in place should the current tunnels become unusable? Clearly the plan is to build new tunnels but let’s say tomorrow the current tunnels are declared “Unfit for duty” or God Forbbid, one or both of the collapses. What would NJT/Amtrak do roll new ones could be built or the ...
by sullysullinburg
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:17 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Auto Train Discussion
Replies: 1453
Views: 187131

Re: Amtrak Auto Train Discussion

Can the whole train fit under 30th street? Not even sure is the Superliners can fit under there let alone the Auto-Racks. Someone mention it a bit ago but a smaller Auto-Rack able to do 110 for the NEC then MAS for the rest of the trip to Florida and using Viewliner equipment. Not sure how difficult...
by sullysullinburg
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: FL9 F-10 Metro-North / CtDOT / Amtrak Discussion
Replies: 2548
Views: 700174

Re: FL-9's

Maybe I’m reading what you wrote wrong, but will the FL-9s be running from Boston to Albany on 448/449?
by sullysullinburg
Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak 91 - CSX Collision Cayce, SC - 2/4/18
Replies: 304
Views: 44196

Re: Amtrak 91 - CSX Collision Cayce, SC - 2/4/18

At least in this case, it might have been helpful that the cafe car snapped the way it did. All the engery from the cars behind it was channeled outwards instead of forwards. The cafe car acted as a “spring”.
by sullysullinburg
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak NEC Inland, Springfield Shuttle/Regional/Greenfield Route
Replies: 1927
Views: 293732

Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Just throwing it out there, but: don't rule out private equity as an acquirer. I could easily see a company like Fortress getting involved, particularly if there's the possibility of a public-private partnership providing $$ for passenger-focused improvements. Hey, who knows-- maybe the successor t...
by sullysullinburg
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: CSX Transportation
Topic: CSX Selling Trackage
Replies: 159
Views: 90953

Re: CSX Selling Trackage

Is CSX having a "fire sale", or an auction with reserve? Is putting almost the whole system up for sale, a few sections at a time, a way to find if any parts are worth more sold than kept? Right now they are in the "study" phase, deciding whether or not to offer certain lines for sale. A couple of ...
by sullysullinburg
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:48 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Turboliners Move
Replies: 154
Views: 21725

Re: Turboliners Move

Does anyone know why they held on to them for so long? I mean I guess for a couple of years they were thinking that they might need them but after a while they pretty much just take up space.
by sullysullinburg
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Gateway Tunnels
Replies: 1989
Views: 409945

Re: Amtrak Gateway Tunnels

What would happen if after an inspection one or both exiting tunnels are deemed unsafe with Amtrak lacking the resources to repair them? This could very well happen if the feuding between the federal government and the states continues. Indeed it is likely to continue for decades -- good luck getti...
by sullysullinburg
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS (Before Launch of Service)
Replies: 1028
Views: 282967

Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

While I feel the line should still have its partial electrification from the New Haven days, now that’s it’s gone, it will most likely never come back. As a CT resident, there is much more important things we need to spend money on. Maybe if this line becomes very popular and CT can get some help fr...
by sullysullinburg
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Auto Train Discussion
Replies: 1453
Views: 187131

Re: Amtrak Auto Train Discussion

My concern will allowing passengers without a car is they take a “seat” away from someone with a car, which is money lost. Granted it is cheaper to move a passenger without a car then one with one but, I don’t think it would be to the point where a passenger without a car would net more then one wit...
by sullysullinburg
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Diner and Food Service Discussion
Replies: 1304
Views: 192054

Re: Diner Discussion

I know this statement is beyond clichè, but I feel it still holds true here, bad people will always do bad things. Someone could almost just as easily, steal credit/debit card info as they do cash now. All if would take is someone to buy a portable scanner (I think there is even apps for your phone ...
by sullysullinburg
Thu Nov 30, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Acela Replacement and Disposition Discussion
Replies: 1572
Views: 245914

Re: Acela Replacement and Disposition Discussion

isn't the Auto Train high and/or wide? One of a few reasons it doesn't go north of Washington area. Not a problem anymore since the Virginia Avenue Tunnel replacement. Getting that train north of Washington DC would be fantastic. The traffic around D.C. is insane. No it isn't high wide but is plate...

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