(1)It would have taken FOREVER to go a "DL&W route":
(a)NJT and NS Washington Secondary (crew shortage on the
(b)NS Portland Secondary Phillipsburg-Slateford Junction.
(c)Short line operation (GWV) Slateford Junction-Scranton.
(d)Canadian Pacific Scranton-Binghamton.
(e)Return next day over the NS former Erie mainline.
When the New Jersey Cutoff reopens, one-way DL&W and one-way
Erie would be PERFECT. But NOT in the presence of most Metro NYC
railfans these days, who are too cheap to buy a ticket that will just
cover the break-even cost to ride. Too bad.
(2)AMTRAK would NOT let its consist out overnight.
(3)Cost would have been a lot more than the $89,400 AMTRAK was
charging for about 630 total miles via the Erie both ways...including
consist deadheading PHL-Hoboken both ways. As almost no one was
willing to pay the $185 RT required to reach a break-even point
@ at least 450-odd passengers, a higher fare would have been even
(4)For all of you who made positive comments, thanks. I was
prepared from the outset to donate my legal time to a break-even
operation, but NOT to lose $10,000+ from a failure.