I have a friend who was supposed to be on 51 WAS-CIN Sunday. I understand preemptive cancellation on the corridor when they are at least some trains running. However cancelling 19 and 51 for the entirety of their runs should be unacceptable. Especially when 51 doesn't run again until Wednesday. There is precedent for turning them at Washington, where they forecast it to be 50 degrees and sunny on Sunday...
EDIT: It looks like the forecast has changed and they are calling for snow on Sunday. I'm going to back away from some of my outrage at this point. We'll see how things go.
Why should snow cancel a long distance train? Give me a break. If that were the case, the Empire Builder would be a seasonal train that would only run 6 months a year. What if there was a storm scheduled in CHI - would they cancel the Cardinal going the other direction? I think not. Amtrak on the East Coast needs to suck it up. At the very least, those trains need to originate in WAS. People north of there have a bunch of connection options. People south of there have approximately ZERO.
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Just out of curiosity, imagine you're a tenant railroad on a conference call with the host railroad. They advise you that they will curtail operations due to a projected storm. They also advise if you choose to run, they will "attempt" to operate your train to the best of their ability....but....if anything goes wrong or your train needs support,it is likely they will not be in the position to respond.
This includes infrastructure support like switch failure or a signal outage.
This includes right away support such as grade crossing failures or trees across the tracks.
This includes mechanical assistance if your train hits a tree, refueling if your train is delayed or if your old engine just fails on its own. It is unlikely there will be assistance.
In short, the host has basically stated "if you choose to run,we'll get to you when and if we get to you."
Are you still willing to run 1000 people into that red flag? (I say 1000 because there are other trains that are cancelled too.)
Edited by Thirdrail7, 09 March 2018 - 08:32 PM.