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Discussing Silver Star/Silver Meteor Schedules


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#41 jis

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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:01 PM

Boston is a very small factor except in the pages of AU. :P It is very unlikely that there will be a Boston Miami train in our lifetimes if ever.



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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:24 PM

Taking a Silver train to Boston requires another train set. That alone is not efficient use of equipment. The 8 car winter limit at present at BOS also would limit any Silver. More over there cannot be another train on the New Rochelle <> New haven ( MNRR ) line until the bridge(s) replacement work is finished in CT because 2 tracks will have to be closed at a time until bridge work is finished. Present Star or Meteor schedules pu the train on MNRR during rush hours.

Now if an executive sleeper is ever reinstated then Attach the sleeper car onto a Palmetto that has been extended to south Florida. Do worry some about northbound connections at WASH but southbound should never be a problem. That way with a Palmetto extended to south Florida just one sleeper needed. And an executive sleeper on its own before Palmetto extended may not be a problem.

Edited by west point, 12 January 2017 - 01:31 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2018 - 08:43 AM

 

 

 

Amtrak and CSX have wanted to consolidate the 2 Silver Trains for some time since they run very close to each other specially southbound.  There been talk of replacing the Silver Star with a Palmetto-type day train between Washington and Columbia or Savannah. 

If the above happens, one thing that could be done is to change the proposed rerouting of the Palmetto to serve Augusta, GA (metro area pop. 590,146). This would add another major city to the Amtrak network, increasing ridership on the Palmetto, and would especially be popular in April when the Masters Golf Tournament is being held.

If the state of Georgia could provide some funding, service to Augusta could probably happen, however, there has been plans for Atlanta - Athens service during the 1996 Olympics and more recently for Atlanta to Macon service which has not happened either.  I don't think the citizens of Georgia are contacting their state or federal representatives to start passenger train service.  A majority of the citizens in Atlanta do not even know that Amtrak stops in Atlanta or where the station is. 

I'm ready and eager to make plans that completely ignore Atlanta. When they start construction on the new train station, then I will include the city in my plans and dreams.

 

Anyway, NYC-D.C.-Raleigh-Charlotte-Columbia-Augusta-Savannah-Jacksonville-Orlando-Miami would surely be an Amtrak L.D. train, not crippled by the 750-mile requirement for state support. Only the segment Charlotte-Columbia-Augusta-Savannah would be new and unshared with existing trains, helping to hold down costs.

 

How about instead of Columbia, Augusta and Savannah, it goes via Atlanta and Macon?



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Posted 23 March 2018 - 08:49 AM

How about instead of Columbia, Augusta and Savannah, it goes via Atlanta and Macon?

Currently, the situation of the rail infrastructure around Atlanta makes any additional train through Atlanta on such a route pretty much a non-starter. After the infrastructure has been suitably updated, such may be possible. But still it is not clear that the Star is the right train to clobber even further to do so.






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