Posted 26 July 2017 - 05:15 PM
The extra set of equipment being reallocated for summer surprises me absolutely zilch. I seem to recall speculating on that possibility when this whole mess got announced. If nothing else, IIRC that's four coaches, two sleepers, and a diner. You can mothball the Heritage diner or use this as a chance to do work on several of the remaining ones (shopping 3-4 for two weeks each). Those coaches and sleepers are money, however, since the sleepers could be used to cover for the extra Cardinal sleeper in summer and/or paired off with a third to give the LSL an extra sleeper (or done alongside the Cardinal's cars being reallocated to give an extra one to the Meteor). Four coaches? That's an extra coach on any of the Amfleet LD trains, or onto the Adirondack, Pennsylvanian/Palmetto, etc. (with two of those three trains potentially generating car rental income). Four idle coaches versus four active coaches could easily be worth a quarter million dollars to Amtrak in revenue.
Capitol Limited (7), CA Zephyr (4) Lake Shore Limited (1), Acela (2), NE Regional (2), Sliver Meteor (4)
Upcoming: Silver Meteor (1), Lake Shore Limited (1), SW Chief (2), MO River Runner (1), Texas Eagle (1)
Possibly Upcoming: Either Texas Eagle (1), Capitol Limited (1), Silver Meteor (2) or Texas Eagle (1), Capitol Limited (1), Silver Meteor (1)