City of New Orleans CoNO Extension/Sunset Limited (East)

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Re: City of New Orleans CoNO Extension/Sunset Limited (East)

Postby mtuandrew » Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:00 pm

I'd be fine with temporarily extending the City of New Orleans to Florida, but it isn't a permanent solution to either the Gulf Coast Sunset East problem or the CHI-Florida train problem. Like Tad says, it's currently a one-railroad one-overnight train that works well, and adding a second carrier will probably make timekeeping suffer. I'd rather see a standalone San Antonio (or Fort Worth) - Orlando or New Orleans - Miami train along the coast, both of which would be comfortably over the LD limit of 750 miles, and a Chicago - Florida train that passes through the Appalachians or its foothills.

If I thought they could all work well together, I'd suggest CHI - (CN) - MEM - (BNSF) - BHM - (NS) - JAX - (FEC) - MIA in lieu of CHI - (CSX) - MIA.
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Re: City of New Orleans CoNO Extension/Sunset Limited (East)

Postby R&DB » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:26 am

mtuandrew wrote:
If I thought they could all work well together, I'd suggest CHI - (CN) - MEM - (BNSF) - BHM - (NS) - JAX - (FEC) - MIA in lieu of CHI - (CSX) - MIA.

I think a better routing would be via Louisville - Nashville - Chattanooga - Atlanta - Jacksonville - Orlando - Miami. More potential traffic. This might also gain some New Orleans to Florida traffic with a change at Atlanta. Basically the old Floridian Route except through Atlanta instead of Birmingham.
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Re: City of New Orleans CoNO Extension/Sunset Limited (East)

Postby railgeekteen » Tue May 01, 2018 11:10 am

So when is the target completion date for this?
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Re: City of New Orleans CoNO Extension/Sunset Limited (East)

Postby Tadman » Tue May 01, 2018 8:20 pm

Given (a) the current political climate; (b) current Amtrak brass policy; (c) the quality of the idea, probably never. This is an unpopular answer to a question nobody asked.
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