eolesen wrote: ↑Mon Jul 05, 2021 12:04 am Ok, let me rephrase.... sure, the V1 and V2 bags, diners and sleepers can run on the NEC, but why would they?There are only 70 V2 baggage cars. They are not going to reduce the 900+ single level car total much.
Those cars are clearly targeted at long distance and can't be easily repurposed into serving a network of corridor trains providing mostly daytime runs of 2-6 hours.
Taking any of the $66b and using it to replace the long distance fleet is a waste of money. No more sleepers. No more diners. Chair cars and café cars are all that's really justified.
Please do not suggest LD trains do not in part run on the NEC providing services to passengers along the NEC. The following LD trains run over NEC tracks longer than just a few miles.
Crescent, Cardinal, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Twilight reprisal (66&67), and Palmetto.
Various State Supported trains do as well, Carolinian, Virginia extensions, Keystones, and Vermonter. Lots of single level equipment, long distance, state supported, and Amtrak supported regionals run over significant parts of the NEC daily.