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bdawe wrote:Wouldn't fewer trains being re-powered in DC be a plus for terminal capacity there too?Potentially, but at the expense of losing economies of scale. Several trains would still need to change engines in DC, meaning Amtrak would still need to keep a yard crew there, and the required infrastructure, in addition to adding this infrastructure in Richmond. Unless they're extending full Northeast Corridor service (i.e. Acela and Regionals) south to Richmond, it makes far more sense to keep the engine swap at a major terminal like Washington where Amtrak already has the facilities for it.