• 2024 US Open Service - Pinehurst, SC over the ACWR Aberdeen Carolina and Western Railway

  • Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.
Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by Bob Roberts
 
From my seat at home in Charlotte I will say that this train has done a remarkable job of making a demographic who are not typically train riders -very- pro train. Unfortunately one late arrival could quickly unravel that goodwill.

Of course the trip length and destination station location are as close to perfect as can be. In addition, traffic during events in Pinehurst is atrocious, so this really is an optimal situation. Hat tip to NCDOT and ACWR for seeing and acting on this opportunity.

If Charlotte Gateway station ever gets built (the platform is there!) there will be similar opportunities for Panthers and MLS games.

[the ACWR built a similar siding in the North Davidson neighborhood of Charlotte a couple of years ago. They have parked their show trains on it s couple of times since, but they never seemed to find a solid business model for the well-located siding.]