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Was pre Katrina Sunset Limited the only train to go cross country?

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#41 jis



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Posted 12 April 2018 - 08:30 AM



And the SL ran from east to west from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean — the Panama Railway does the opposite.

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What? Are you serious?

Yes, the Atlantic Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal passageway is WEST of the Pacific Ocean entrance to the Panama Canal passageway. One of those quirks of geography that my junior high school geography teacher 55 years ago would mention in all of his classes at the start of the school year.

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Yeah, once I spent enough time deciphering your enigmatically phrased ambiguous statement I realized what you were trying to say. :P

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 12:29 PM

Pre-Amtrak, I thought most NYC-California pas train traffic was routed through Chicago and not the Southern route.

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Posted 14 April 2018 - 02:02 PM

Pre-Amtrak, I thought most NYC-California pas train traffic was routed through Chicago and not the Southern route.

Pre Amtrak there were a handful of gateways to the west. Chicago being the main one between the eastern trunk roads and the grangers. It should be noted only two of the Chicago roads actually reached the pacific namely the Santa Fe and Milwaukee Road.

The secondary gateway was St. Louis which used to service the New York Central, Pennsylvania Railroad, Baltimore&Ohio, Southern Railway, Wabash, Nickel Plate Road, Illinois Central, Louisville&Nashville, Gulf Mobile & Ohio, Rock Island, Missouri Pacific, Frisco, Saint Louis and San Francisco (cotton belt), Chicago and Eastern Illinois, Missouri Kansas Texas, and probably some I've forgotten. At its peak St Louis Union Station was over forty tracks and the busiest train station in the world.

Then you have New Orleans as a gateway back then which had the Louisville and Nashville, Kansas City Southern, Southern Railway, Southern Pacific, Gulf Mobile and Ohio, Illinois Central, and a few others.

The other western gateway was Minneapolis Saint Paul between the western roads and the grangers. At one time services by the Milwaukee Road, Chicago and Northwestern, Chicago and Great Western, Soo Line, Rock Island, Burlington, Great Northern, Northern Pacific, and I think that's it.

And the smallest of the gateways was Memphis of whom I forget every railroad that served it. But I know Southern Railway, Rock Island, Illinois Central, Gulf Mobile and Ohio, Louisville and Nashville, and maybe a handful of others. But like I said a very small hub.

A more eastern Midwest gateway was Cincinnati.
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