Amtrak Shutdown 5-25-06

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- North America' started by N Gauger, May 25, 2006.

  1. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

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  2. Harold Cole

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    It's funny you posted that.What's really interesting is that every Generating Station that is on the North-East Corrider shut down.
  3. kf4jqd

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    The government can't do anything right. With the high cost of gas and airlines going bankrupt, I guess it's time to buy a bike! I did hear some railroads are actually concidering starting passenger service again! They would have to invest billions of dollars in high speed trains. But I wouldn't mind a slower EMD FAB with RIL Rocket Scheme or a Southern Crescent! That would be nice!

    Andy
  4. McFortner

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    I'd sure love to see the Crescent back in private hands, but only if it was the Southern of old, not the new NS (Nazi Southern).... Tuxedo Green RULES! :)

    Michael
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    The Crescent IS in private hands! As we speak, it's being rebuilt by the Tennessee Vallley Railroad Muesum. It's on their website!

    Andy
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    I forgot to mention. It's suppose to go into service sometime next year!
    Andy
  7. jetrock

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    Power outages happen--it's interesting that when Amtrak has a problem it's the government's fault, but when a private railroad company has a problem it's just part of doing business.

    Which railroads are considering restarting passenger service--do you have any sources other than "I hear so-and-so"? Amtrak has a better cost recovery rate than any other national rail service--partially because we are the only country that thinks passenger rail pays for itself--so why does it receive such grief, even from railfans?
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    jetrock,Maybe its the big lie of 1971 that many of us recall..That big lie? That Amtrak would become a profitable passenger system.
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    Then maybe it's time for people to stop believing the big lie. It was never true, and all the fist-shaking and hand-wringing in the world won't make it true. Perhaps this power outage is a result of all the "deferred maintenance" (a polite term for "don't fix anything, because there's no money for repairs") because of overly lean Amtrak budgets.
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    That's the problem..You still have folks believing the big lie after 35 years and want to keep dumping money into a system that has proved it can not be profitable for the last 30 years-allowing the first 5 years for organizing etc.
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    Passenger Service has never really been profitable on its own.

    Just as oil is becoming scarce, we're throwing away out BEST choice for city-to-city transport in an era of shrinking resources -- passenger rail. Jetliners have maybe another decade or two at most before becoming impractical.
  12. Russ Bellinis

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    Airlines have never been practical. If the government didn't pour massive subsidies into the airline system, subsidies big enough to fund two or three Amtraks, a ticket from L.A. to NYC would cost at least $3000.00 per person each way. By the way that was the number that was estimated for the cost of passenger airline service a few years ago before $3.00/gallon gas.