Posted 04 November 2017 - 11:20 AM
I think Chattanooga would be pretty much the outside limit of a day train from the Northeast though.
Well there isn't a mainline from Bristol to Nashville but sure turn it West at Chattanooga and head to Nashville and even Memphis!
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Based on the current times for NER 171, its arrival time at Bristol (about 151 miles from RNK) would be about 0135hrs or 1:35am. Would that tend to inhibit riders from going to Bristol?
What I think would make the most sense is to have the current Regional continue to run a Boston to Roanoke route and add a Palmetto-style train that runs a full day schedule and only continues as far north as New York. If it ran as far south as Chattanooga, it could probably make the full run in about 17 hours, meaning a 6 AM departure from Chattanooga could arrive New York at approximately 11 PM. If a new station could be built in Atlanta and the schedule could be sped up slightly, an Atlanta extension could make sense. If the trip could be made in 18 hours, even a 5:30 AM-11:30 PM train would likely have high ridership with such a large city as Atlanta .
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Edited by brianpmcdonnell17, 04 November 2017 - 11:26 AM.
Routes Travelled: CL WAS-CHI, Card. CHI-WAS, Caro. CLT-RGH, CS SJC-LAX, Cre. BAL-ATL, EB MSP-CHI, ES NYG/NYP-NFL, LSL BOS-ALB, ML ALB-NYP, NER FBG-RVR+WAS-BOS, PS LAX-ANA, Pen. NYP-PGH, Pie. RGH-DNC, SM ORL-NYP, SS FTL-WAS
New Routes: LSL NYP-CHI, CZ CHI-RIC, CS SJC-SEA, EB SEA-MSP