Guess I must have missed it when it happened, but I notice the SSL route is no longer shown on the interactive route atlas as temporarily suspended between NOL and JAX....or am I imagining it was even shown originally?
Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:10 PM
Silver Meteor WAS-WPB (RT) 2/11, Empire builder FAR-CHI (RT) 3/12, CL CHI-WAS 4/12
SM WAS-WPB 4/12, SM WPB-NYP 4/12, LSL NYP-CHI 4/12, EB CHI-FAR 4/12, EB FAR-CHI 4/13, CL CHI-WAS 4/13
SM WAS-WPB 4/13, SM WPB-NYP 4/13, LSL NYP-CHI 4/13, EB CHI-FAR 4/13, SM WPB-NYP 2/14, LSL NYP-CHI 2/14
EB CHI-FAR 2/14, EB FAR-CHI 2/14, CZ CHI-DEN 2/14
Miles as of Feb 2014......23, 279', Future Plans....Coast Starlight and SW Chief
Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:18 PM
I've all but given up hope on the SSL connection being restored from NOL to any point in Florida. The line has been down for 9 years now. That's not temporary. Whether the official status is temporarily suspended, out of service or abandoned, it makes no difference. It is very doubtful that we will see service on this route ever again.
Posted 20 June 2013 - 07:26 PM
Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!
The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!
Posted 20 June 2013 - 08:23 PM
It's pretty much gone. One could argue that Amtrak did an illegal removal of service without the proper 180 day notice, but (based on my "conversation") Florida Department of Transportation doesn't care.
Unfortunately, this sets a precedent that Amtrak can pretty much get rid of any service without giving the 180 day notice....and the states won't care.
Posted 20 June 2013 - 11:16 PM
Say Goodnight Gracie! This Route is History like so many Famous Trains and Routes from our Past!
".. I ride on a Mail Train Baby, can't buy a thrill.."--I said that!
"..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay
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