Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:04 PM
The Cardinal could probably interoperate with the Star (especially since I suspect that a daily Cardinal might well have the same consist as the Star does at present, with the caveat that a diner-as-a-cafe might find its way onto the Star in lieu of the current cafe car as a result). That would give you about another five hours of buffer at New York with the inbound Cardinal (0600 vs 1115), and the inbound Star shouldn't be much worse off vis-a-vis the next day's Star.  You could also interoperate with the LSL (which has a similar inbound time to the Star; you've basically got three LD trains coming in during the evening at NYP...one leaves early in the morning, one mid-morning, and one mid-afternoon; if there are delays inbound, the first set in goes out as the Cardinal, the second as the Star, and the third as the LSL), though the LSL's extra coaches (and probably an extra sleeper) might make this a touchy proposition. And of course, there's also the Pennsylvanian through cars...
 Yes, I realize that historically there's been an interchange between the Star and the Meteor, but I don't know if this is still the case given the increasing differences in consist (the Meteor usually has one, sometimes two, extra sleepers, an extra coach or two, and the diner).
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