True, as long as there's traffic, the train will run. This train has been photographed with the two six-axles they picked up, so it seems like the trains were fairly long for the short runs to Bennington.
My concern rests in the state of the line. I passed it infrequently when taking US 7 to school out in NY from 07-09, and the tracks were in rough shape. I recall a discussion here or via e-mail that stated work was being done to keep it at a solid 10, or raise it to 25 (I don't recall). I'm unfamiliar how many cars this shift in traffic will affect, so that is the cause for my questioning of whether the line was still sustainable.
I guess that brings up a different question: If AD-1 is no longer serving the area, where does VRS exchange the traffic coming from those customers you speak of besides BF? I assume not all the cars would use that as the most effiecient routing. Or is this the case as you say above? I can't imagine VRS running all the way out there, just to take the cars back east and send them down the Gateway.
Avatar: NHVT 669 sits at the south end of the "Pompy" line in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.
Is there a sight worse than a rabid foamer sprinting towards your clean photo/video angle with a tripod, so he can set up two feet from the rails?