Passing by the Los Angeles yard and Oakland yard got me thinking. If there were no corridor service on the west coast, the California / Oregon / Washington trains, would any of the LD trains of the west be viable? Do you think the maintenance yards would have been closed due to lack of work and high cost and then also the LD trains themselves cut? Just from visual inspection, nothing scientific, the amount of work keeping the yards busy are corridor equipment and in my opinion, without the infrastructure of the Surfliner, San Joaquin, Capitol Corridor and The Cascades and The Sounder in Seattle, Amtrak would probably not keep any of the infrastructure open for 1 or 2 daily trains.
But then again, there is also New Orleans with only 3 trains a day if the Sunset is running with all the cost associated with the upkeep.
Edited by seat38a, 18 May 2016 - 01:46 AM.