"Fantasy Thread" (so I don't get any "we can't do that" complaints)
I have on various occasions expressed my desire for overnight trains where I can board late at night and wake up at my destination as opposed to spending all day on a train. The NEC currently has a route between Boston and Washington DC/Virginia (66-65/67) that serves that purpose. There are also parts of LD trains where this trip is possible. Assuming we had the equipment and host railroad cooperation to do so, what other routes would this work well? I consider the graveyard shift to be midnight-6am so trains should not leave either endpoint after midnight nor arrive at the other before 6am. So the route has to be a minimum of 6 hours. Ideally it would be more so the endpoints can be stretched to 11am-7pm. Also, if there is a big city as an intermediate point close to an endpoint, effort would be to keep that city out of the graveyard shift. These schedules are in addition to the current trains and not reschedules.
The two I wish for the most are...
Pittsburgh to Philadelphia/New York: (Using Pennsylvanian schedule)
West NYP 9:52pm, PHL 11:42pm, PGH 7:05am
East PGH midnight, PHL 7:25am, NYP 9:20am
Ideally the eastbound would leave Pittsburgh earlier but you want Philly after 6am and don't want to hit the New York/New Jersey tunnels during the graveyard shift (also the later for Harrisburg the better).
Bay Area to Los Angeles (Using Coast Starlight schedule)
South SAC 7:35pm, Oakland 9:50pm, SJC 11:07pm, Santa Barbara 7:02am, LAX 10:00am
North LAX 9:10pm, Santa Barbara 11:40pm, SJC 7:11am, Oakland 8:24am, SAC 10:59am
Dallas to Austin/San Antonio (Texas Eagle)
South DAL 11:50pm, FTW 2:10am, AUS 6:30am, SAS 9:55am
North SAS 10:00pm, AUS 12:31am, FTW 4:58am, DAL 6:20am
I'd rather Austin be outside the graveyard shift than Ft. Worth because they can go to Dallas easier than Austin area passengers can go to another station.
New York to Buffalo/Niagara Falls/Toronto (Maple Leaf)
West NYP 10:15pm, ALB 1:00am, SYR 3:43am, ROC 4:57am, Buffalo Exchange St 6:14am, Niagara Falls, NY 7:26am, TOR 10:41am
East TOR 6:20pm, Niagara Falls 10:27am, Buffalo Exchange St. 11:05pm, ROC 12:13am, SYR 1:28am, ALB 4:55am, NYP 7:50am
New York to Montreal (Adirondack)
South: Montreal: 11:20pm, ALB 6:55am, NYP 9:50am
North: NYP 8:15pm, ALB 11:10pm, Montreal 7:11am
Chicago to Minneapolis/St. Paul (Empire Builder)
West: CHI 10:15pm, Milwaukee 11:52pm, MSP 6:03am
East: MSP midnight, Milwaukee 6:07am, CHI 7:55am
Chicago to Kansas City (Southwest Chief)
West: CHI midnight, KCY 7:11am
East: KCY 11:43pm, CHI 7:15am
New Orleans to Houston/San Antonio (Sunset Limited)
West: Use current 1 schedule
East: SAS 4:25pm, HOS 10:10pm, NOL 7:40am
Feel free to suggest other routes.