I've thought of another idea that has been rarely discussed on these forums or any other forums. Amtrak could restart the Shasta Daylight. The CS currently takes 17:33 from EMY-PDX. If they trim down the travel time by 00:45, then they could operate this with a departure around 6:00-7:00AM and arrive at the other end 10:45-11:45PM. No time zone change.
The CS gets a lot of passengers from intermediate stations like KFS. Station like CIC and RDD have a lot of potential ridership that is probably being put off by the CS's inconvienient schedule. The Shasta Daylight could resolve this problem. California and Oregon are both quite supportive of pax rail so this could materialize if Amtrak asked for the funding. DUN and CMO could even get some extra riders even though they have low pop..
Guys, this is possible. Somebody's just got to do it. Now on to your opinions!
Give me unlimited bilevels and I say yes.
I assume you looked at this in addition to the CS schedule to figure out some things. This
is the old Shasta Daylight train schedule courtesy of streamlinerschedules.com. This is also probably how you came up with the name for the train.
Since this is complete fantasy, I'm saying yes. But in all honesty I would want this as a third frequency on the route. I have a better proposal. You would have to add a stop on the CS route at RSV and push back some of the padding on the end of #5 to the end of the route. Have a train that leaves LAX at 11P, SJC at 9:30A, EMY at 11:00A, SAC at 1:00P, RSV at 1:30P, PDX at 5A, SEA at 8:30A, VAC at 12:30P. Southbound leave VAC at 6P, SEA at 10P, PDX at 1:30A, SAC at at 5:30P, EMY at 7:30P, SJC at 9:00P, LAX at 7:30A. Screws mid-Oregon and PDX, but hey. provides the SoCal-NorCal overnight and provides another frequency needed on the route north of SAC. It allows a no-transfer connection from anywhere south of Eugene to go straight to VAC
Edited by johnny.menhennet, 27 June 2012 - 11:48 PM.