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Jeff Smith wrote: ↑Mon Jun 27, 2022 2:39 pm The Albany portion should be contracted out to Brightline. They'd know how to do it right. All you'd need is something similar to a P32 for the last mile.No thanks they do not pay as well as Amtrak and I believe they still do not contribute to Railroad Retirement.
scratchyX1 wrote: ↑Thu Jun 30, 2022 1:12 pm And how much are they really saving by paying into SS, instead of RRR?I'm not a numbers maven, but my recollection is that under SS the employee pays ~6% and a bit and the employer the same amount, while under RRR the employee pays ~11% and the railroad the same amount times 3. This was the result of 1) conversion from steam to diesel eliminated a lot of shop employees, and 2) electronic data processing did the same to clerks (eliminating whole floors of office buildings), which reduced the money coming in to the extent that the fund would be wiped out unless the railroads increased their share. If that's not correct, will someone please chime in.
videobruce wrote: ↑Wed Sep 28, 2022 6:16 am Anyone hear about # 63 & #64 to and from Toronto starting back up?That has been up and running for a while. Seen plenty of Canadian brake slips floating around Albany.
This weekend (10/1/22 Canada is dropping most, if not all of the restrictions finally for cross border traffic 9includimng that stupid Can App or whatever it was called.
Matt Johnson wrote: ↑Tue Sep 27, 2022 3:25 pm Opinion: Amtrak Must Restore Adirondack Service Now!An update from a previous post. The re qualification process has begun as of Tuesday. How long this will take is anyone's guess. I am not sure how many trips Canadien National is requiring. Have heard 10 round trips per engineer behind the throttle. Two engineers per train, regular assignments six men maybe. Then the extra list of twenty might be a bit.
I'm not sure how endangered this line is, but I get the feeling that things aren't lining up for service restoration. At what point does having NY to Montreal on the map become false advertising, sort of like the "suspended" Sunset Limited east route that remained on the map for years?