CJPat wrote: ↑Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:07 pm Keep in mind gentlemen, things are in this condition because it has devolved over decades of reduced need. Many factors led to this point (business declines, unfriendly business attitude from the State, endorsement of Airline and Trucking over rail, taxes, railroad regulations, how profits are demanded by stockholders every quarter rather than allowing for major investments to develop.....the list goes on and on).Would be interesting to see if a dedicated freight line could ever be created in NJ, so Amtrak and NJT can have their cake and Conrail theirs. As I've mentioned before, Winslow-Woodmansie could be a good route to get some freight trains off the Southern Secondary, and maybe use the Coastline/NEC at night for these trains to go onto.
You are not likely to see enough improvements in various areas to see a return in railroading equal to the 1950s before everything fell apart.
As an example, you are going back and forth regarding plate F limitations and the non-unity between Commercial Rail and NJT or NJDOT. You even have been discussing redevelopment of Monmouth Junction. But even, here you are overlooking some of the obvious devolvement.
As a kid in the '60's & '70's I used to see large freights hussling up and down the NE Corridor under Penn Central with the GG-1s and E-44s doing a lot of heavy lifting. There were dozens upon dozens of sidings and parallel tracks for the locals to work (you can still see the remnants). Today there are a couple/few small minor freights moving about on the NEC.
Amtrak owns the NEC. And they are pushing to make the line faster. They don't want the liability of slow freights clogging their traffic. NJT is constantly having difficulty getting their own trains onto the NEC. You comment that NJT doesn't want freight on the Coast Line. I think you are tilting at some pretty big windmills if you think AMTRAK is going to open their arms to any more freight.
Also, 600 pages! Woohoo!