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Posted 09 April 2018 - 09:52 PM

I'm confused about why everyone is obsessed about daytime Ohio trains but no one cares that Salt Lake City is in the graveyard shift. If another Chicago-Denver train is established, it could overnight through the mountains and reach Salt Lake City during the day.



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 02:05 AM

Mainly because of a combination of population (Ohio is a far bigger state than Utah; the Cleveland metro area is about 3x the size of the SLC metro area) and more destinations to be had (on the present network but with different timings, Cleveland is a reasonable daylight ride from Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Toledo and a long-ish ride to Chicago or Albany).  SLC has Denver on the present map (even Reno is a stretch, though at ten hours it at least works on paper, but that run is effectively comparable to somewhere between ALB-CLE and NYP-CLE).  You also have actual connection options at either end (the Chicago hub and Washington, New York, and/or Philly on the other)...and finally, you can arguably work one of the two routes from New York to Cleveland to Chicago into a corridor.

IIRC the timings are such that either Denver or Salt Lake gets screwed eastbound.  Westbound you have a bit more flexibility, but eastbound on the present route you have no real way to serve both cities particularly well.  Arguably your best bet for serving both would be either the Overland Route (through Wyoming) or to run the train overnight between Denver and Salt Lake...but both options would lose a decent amount of tourist travel, and I'm not sure how connections would look on either end (remember, if the train hits Chicago much later than at present you'd drop eastbound connectivity while if it hits it too early in the morning you'd have to let pax "lie in" or lose a lot of business; the same applies, generally, in California as well).


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 04:35 AM

I put together this schedule which gives both CLE/TOL and SLC "daylight" hours (better than 3am!). It's a combination Broadway and Desert Wind and is a New York to Los Angeles train. It would run for 3318 miles and about 3 days in length and it looks like it would require 7 sets (same day turn around in NYP). I know we don't have the equipment. 

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 06:04 AM

I'm inclined to treat that as two separate trains (with the standard split at Chicago), but for each of those two trains it's (mostly) not a horrid timetable.  The main exceptions I see are:
-The LAX departure is problematic.  Even if you allow early occupancy of the cars, advertising a departure around 0100 isn't likely to be a winner.

-Ironically, for the SLC-CHI segment I would actually want to push things later by a bit (to try and pick up some Winter Park/Granby-Denver traffic; Glenwood Springs-Denver is a lost cause EB, even though it works nicely WB).  The 0615 arrival into Chicago could also be an issue, though I understand wanting to get the train into CUS before rush hour).

-Ideally I'd like to move the EB PGH stop up by a bit (even if we're just massaging a few minutes to get it to show as being before midnight...midnight seems to be quite the "witching hour" for demand).


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 06:56 AM

Yes, people don't like to leave in the middle of the night if it can be avoided.  OTOH, I just looked into a trip between JFK and Manila, and Cathay Pacific has a departure at 1:30 AM.   And this is not uncommon.  I once arrived in Apia, Western Samoa at 3:30 AM, and returned back to the US at about the same time.



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 07:02 AM

Yes, people don't like to leave in the middle of the night if it can be avoided.  OTOH, I just looked into a trip between JFK and Manila, and Cathay Pacific has a departure at 1:30 AM.   And this is not uncommon.  I once arrived in Apia, Western Samoa at 3:30 AM, and returned back to the US at about the same time.

When a huge time zone change is involved during a segment, then all bets are off. It is apples and aardvarks to compare Amtrak schedules with intercontinental flight schedules IMHO.



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:22 AM

I put together this schedule which gives both CLE/TOL and SLC "daylight" hours (better than 3am!). It's a combination Broadway and Desert Wind and is a New York to Los Angeles train. It would run for 3318 miles and about 3 days in length and it looks like it would require 7 sets (same day turn around in NYP). I know we don't have the equipment. 

This looks like a good route. However, between DEN and SLC, I would've taken the faster Overland route through Wyoming instead of the Rio Grande route over the Rockies so passengers wouldn't be missing any beautiful scenery on the overnight portion.



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:29 AM


I put together this schedule which gives both CLE/TOL and SLC "daylight" hours (better than 3am!). It's a combination Broadway and Desert Wind and is a New York to Los Angeles train. It would run for 3318 miles and about 3 days in length and it looks like it would require 7 sets (same day turn around in NYP). I know we don't have the equipment. 

This looks like a good route. However, between DEN and SLC, I would've taken the faster Overland route through Wyoming instead of the Rio Grande route over the Rockies so passengers wouldn't be missing any beautiful scenery on the overnight portion.
I don't think it makes any sense to take a route because of a lack of scenery. However, the Overland Route may make sense in this case due to the faster running time, as you stated.
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Posted 10 April 2018 - 01:57 PM

 

Yes, people don't like to leave in the middle of the night if it can be avoided.  OTOH, I just looked into a trip between JFK and Manila, and Cathay Pacific has a departure at 1:30 AM.   And this is not uncommon.  I once arrived in Apia, Western Samoa at 3:30 AM, and returned back to the US at about the same time.

When a huge time zone change is involved during a segment, then all bets are off. It is apples and aardvarks to compare Amtrak schedules with intercontinental flight schedules IMHO.

 

The point I am making is you leave or arrive when the conveyance does.   People on here have pointed out that this is a problem with one-a-day-only service.  ["It has to arrive in the middle of the night somewhere."]



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 03:01 PM

The eastbound schedule between LAX-CHI was problematic. If you left Los Angeles any earlier, you get into Chicago before 6:15am which isn't good either. I obviously wanted the "Desert Wind" portion on an opposite schedule to the CZ to have a second schedule between CHI-DEN-SLC (consistent to the OP's suggestion) and there are only so many feasible schedules that keep the main cities at reasonable times.


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 03:46 PM

Utah, with a total area of some 84,899 sq. miles, is nearly 2x larger when compared to Ohio at 44,825 sq. mi.

Ohio has a population of about 11.6 million (7th nationally) to Utah's 3.1 million (13th nationally). 


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 03:52 PM

Utah, with a total area of some 84,899 sq. miles, is nearly 2x larger when compared to Ohio at 44,825 sq. mi.

Ohio has a population of about 11.6 million (7th nationally) to Utah's 3.1 million (13th nationally). 

I'm not talking about the state, I am just talking about Salt Lake City.



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 05:28 PM

I put together this schedule which gives both CLE/TOL and SLC "daylight" hours (better than 3am!). It's a combination Broadway and Desert Wind and is a New York to Los Angeles train. It would run for 3318 miles and about 3 days in length and it looks like it would require 7 sets (same day turn around in NYP). I know we don't have the equipment. 

 

Interesting.  If you went by the overland route instead of the mountains, and thus moved Denver farther "west" on the schedule in both directions by about an hour, could you free up enough time to go Denver-Kansas City-Chicago instead of Denver-Omaha-Chicago while keeping the Chicago and east timing the same?

 

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 05:36 PM

 

I put together this schedule which gives both CLE/TOL and SLC "daylight" hours (better than 3am!). It's a combination Broadway and Desert Wind and is a New York to Los Angeles train. It would run for 3318 miles and about 3 days in length and it looks like it would require 7 sets (same day turn around in NYP). I know we don't have the equipment. 

This looks like a good route. However, between DEN and SLC, I would've taken the faster Overland route through Wyoming instead of the Rio Grande route over the Rockies so passengers wouldn't be missing any beautiful scenery on the overnight portion.

 

 

Would that be the route the old Pioneer took between Denver and Ogden through Wyoming? Then would it go from Ogden to SLC? 

 

http://timetables.or...1110n&item=0039

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting.  If you went by the overland route instead of the mountains, and thus moved Denver farther "west" on the schedule in both directions by about an hour, could you free up enough time to go Denver-Kansas City-Chicago instead of Denver-Omaha-Chicago while keeping the Chicago and east timing the same?

 

Ainamkartma

 

 

I'd need a schedule/routing between Kansas City and Denver. I don't believe Amtrak ever ran a train between KCY and DEN so timetables.org wouldn't help.


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 05:51 PM

 

Utah, with a total area of some 84,899 sq. miles, is nearly 2x larger when compared to Ohio at 44,825 sq. mi.

Ohio has a population of about 11.6 million (7th nationally) to Utah's 3.1 million (13th nationally). 

I'm not talking about the state, I am just talking about Salt Lake City.

 

 

You said:

I'm confused about why everyone is obsessed about daytime Ohio trains but no one cares that Salt Lake City is in the graveyard shift. If another Chicago-Denver train is established, it could overnight through the mountains and reach Salt Lake City during the day.

 

KmH's point was that the entire state of Utah has a quarter the population of Ohio. So it helps a hell of a lot more people to add a daytime Ohio train than to add a daytime SLC train.

 

Another thing to note is that Salt Lake City has a significantly smaller population than that of Toledo, Cleveland, or Cincinnati:

  • SLC           – 193,744
  • Toledo       –  278,508
  • Cleveland  –  385,809
  • Cincinatti   –  298,800

So if you compare the population of Utah to that of Ohio, Ohio wins. If you compare the population of SLC to that of the major Ohio cities, Ohio wins.


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 05:52 PM

 If another Chicago-Denver train is established, it could overnight through the mountains and reach Salt Lake City during the day.

Also isn't Salt Lake City well past Denver? So a CHI-DEN train wouldn't serve Utah at all.


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 05:55 PM

 

 If another Chicago-Denver train is established, it could overnight through the mountains and reach Salt Lake City during the day.

Also isn't Salt Lake City well past Denver? So a CHI-DEN train wouldn't serve Utah at all.

 

 I mean extended from Denver.



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 06:06 PM

 

 

Utah, with a total area of some 84,899 sq. miles, is nearly 2x larger when compared to Ohio at 44,825 sq. mi.

Ohio has a population of about 11.6 million (7th nationally) to Utah's 3.1 million (13th nationally). 

I'm not talking about the state, I am just talking about Salt Lake City.

 

 

You said:

I'm confused about why everyone is obsessed about daytime Ohio trains but no one cares that Salt Lake City is in the graveyard shift. If another Chicago-Denver train is established, it could overnight through the mountains and reach Salt Lake City during the day.

 

KmH's point was that the entire state of Utah has a quarter the population of Ohio. So it helps a hell of a lot more people to add a daytime Ohio train than to add a daytime SLC train.

 

Another thing to note is that Salt Lake City has a significantly smaller population than that of Toledo, Cleveland, or Cincinnati:

  • SLC           – 193,744
  • Toledo       –  278,508
  • Cleveland  –  385,809
  • Cincinatti   –  298,800

So if you compare the population of Utah to that of Ohio, Ohio wins. If you compare the population of SLC to that of the major Ohio cities, Ohio wins.

 

Salt Lake City-Provo-Orem, UT Combined Statistical Area 2,423,912

Columbus-Marion-Zanesville, OH Combined Statistical Area 2,398,297

Cincinnati-Wilmington-Maysville, OH-KY-IN Combined Statistical Area 2,208,450

Toledo-Port Clinton, OH Combined Statistical Area 648,610

Cleveland is bigger though.



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Posted 10 April 2018 - 06:17 PM

 

 

I put together this schedule which gives both CLE/TOL and SLC "daylight" hours (better than 3am!). It's a combination Broadway and Desert Wind and is a New York to Los Angeles train. It would run for 3318 miles and about 3 days in length and it looks like it would require 7 sets (same day turn around in NYP). I know we don't have the equipment. 

This looks like a good route. However, between DEN and SLC, I would've taken the faster Overland route through Wyoming instead of the Rio Grande route over the Rockies so passengers wouldn't be missing any beautiful scenery on the overnight portion.

 

 

Would that be the route the old Pioneer took between Denver and Ogden through Wyoming? Then would it go from Ogden to SLC? 

 

http://timetables.or...1110n&item=0039

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting.  If you went by the overland route instead of the mountains, and thus moved Denver farther "west" on the schedule in both directions by about an hour, could you free up enough time to go Denver-Kansas City-Chicago instead of Denver-Omaha-Chicago while keeping the Chicago and east timing the same?

 

Ainamkartma

 

 

I'd need a schedule/routing between Kansas City and Denver. I don't believe Amtrak ever ran a train between KCY and DEN so timetables.org wouldn't help.

 

 

streamliner memories has the timetable for the old City of St. Louis, which went St. Louis-Kansas City-Denver-Wyoming-Salt Lake City-Las Vegas-Los Angeles in 1964:

 

KCY                                9:20 PM             9:05 AM

Manhattan                     11:20 PM             6:43 AM

Salina                            12:45 AM             5:02 AM

Denver                            7:50 AM             7:55 PM

Laramie                         11:25 AM             4:50 PM

Green River                    3:25 PM            12:35 PM

Ogden                            7:00 PM              8:30 AM

Salt Lake                        8:20 PM              7:35 AM

            

 

Lots more stops in between and beyond the ends of what I have copied here, of course.

 

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Edited by ainamkartma, 10 April 2018 - 06:27 PM.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 02:17 PM

I came up with a "Denver Zephyr" proposal a while back. The CZ leaves Chicago midday, arrives Denver in the morning, leaves Denver in the evening, arrives Chicago midday.

The Denver Zephyr would leave Chicago late in the evening (cleanup train :-)) and arrive Denver midday, leave Denver midday and arrive Chicago in the early morning (better connections).

The timing doesn't work to extend this to Salt Lake though. It doesn't come out nearly as clean as my daytime-through-Ohio TWO A DAY proposal for the LSL route.
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