by Gilbert B Norman
ExCon90 wrote: ↑Sat Oct 10, 2020 6:35 pm Just to refresh my memory, how was the original Railpax/Amtrak map drawn? Was it the result of a midnight Senate-House conference committee, with individual senators and representatives making sure their respective states were included, or was a separate group constituted for the purpose, as was done with USRA for the freight railroads in the Northeast? In other words, was an objective study made of which population centers could best be connected by what routes, or was it a case of if you're getting that train through your state I want this train through my state?Mr. ExCon, first your quote is repeated here in tis entirety because, first it appears on a preceeding page, and my answer is "all of the above". The Incorporators retained consultants, Booz Allen, and Arthur Andersen to select the routes. While I think their rationale was flawed in some instances, namely too much "end point" emphasis over intermediate stops, i.e. Builder over North Coast and Chief over City, they largely held to historical routes. No doubt "Harley's Comet" Wash Parkersburg was political pull (small price to pay for the man who saved the railroad industry) and likely some new routings such as Seattle-San Diego and NY-Kansas City, which actually were running through cars over pre existing routes.
At one time I had that report in print, but something tells me it ended up with "Squealer", the Chief Clerk, when I left the MILW and he held his big ritual that I "turned everything in" - even property I don't think he ever knew I had.
But I was a "good company man" right to the end (Dec '81).
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