PHLSpecial wrote: ↑Tue Jan 25, 2022 12:53 am
rcthompson04 wrote: ↑Sun Jan 23, 2022 6:13 pmDoes anyone think PennDOT would pay for such additional expense? They cannot even pay for a cafe car.
It's not that PennDot can't pay for it, PennDot doesn't want to pay for it. Acela would be way too slow on the Keystone. Way too many curves.
If PennDot decided to pay for electrification to Pittsburg then Acela might be worth it. Maybe straighten some track while they are at it too.
PHL and RCT: In the late 1970s Conrail studied extending electrification across Pennsylvania from the Harrisburg area (Enola Yard was a focuspoint) across the Middle Division westward to Conway Yard (west of PGH along the Ohio River) during times of fuel shortages. When fuel became more plentiful Conrail decided to end use of their electrification altogether in the early 1980s. In the mid 1990s Amtrak looked into ending electric service on the Harrisburg Line west of the SEPTA commuter zone - Penndot stepped in to save and expand this service.
The route from HAR to PGH is about 250 miles (mile 104 to 353 from Philadelphia) and today owned by NS.
We will never see this line electrified in any of our lifetimes unless PA buys the route and is willing to spend billions of dollars to electrify this line - with just the Amtrak Pennsylvanian operating each way everyday.
Let's make sure that the PHL-HAR route remains electrified with its updated infrastructure...On topic the Acela trainsets may be an idea for one NYP-PHL-HAR round trip to test and see if this extra-fare service would be worthwhile for Amtrak and the Harrisburg Line's riders...MACTRAXX
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS