Posted 20 November 2017 - 07:00 AM
Like every transit agency everywhere, MARC runs everything with wheels that Wednesday.
Even golf carts??
When I lived in KIN, that was my impression also.
The many extras were on Sunday, and that was when they also utilized the commuter equipment. All other days were Amtrak equipment only.
It's truly interesting how Thanksgiving train moves have changed over the years.
A little over 10 years ago it wasn't uncommon for trains to appear out of no where and the question would arise.. What train was that?? Bottom line being that Amtrak would run extra sections of a train. So for instance train 1234 would leave DC at 12pm and was full so Amtrak would run a second train 1234 10 minutes behind it. These days, Amtrak runs longer trains rather then extra sections. I'll guess that has to do with crew availability.. Either way you still see Commuter Equipment on Sundays.
I think Amtrak may also have gotten better at timetabling the extras. I remember seeing timetables in a few years where you'll have a Regional and a Regional Extra chasing one another down the Corridor about 10 minutes apart. For example, 129/1173 and 95/1195 are on timetables with very similar schedules (though 1173 skips Metropark and Aberdeen). 143/1141 is another example of this.
Interesting note: Some of the Holiday Extra trains seem to be timetabled about 30 minutes slower than the corresponding Regionals while others hew pretty closely to the timekeeping. I'm guessing that either there were some slotting issues (quite possible in a few areas) or that there are different sets with different acceleration/top speed profiles.
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)