JoeG wrote: ↑Sun Feb 23, 2020 6:03 pm Unfortunately the Cutoff is a nice piece of railroad whose usefulness has expired. You can learn all about it from Chuck Walsh's series of videos on YouTube, but the Cutoff has as much future in railroading as a revival of steam locomotives. Sad but true.
Extending great respect to a man I've met face to face, Mr. Grossman is on mark. The Cutoff's time as a useful transportation asset has expired.
Conrail quickly determined that whatever traffic they had that could not be routed over the NYC, could be done so over the "weary ERIE", where God made a ROW with the ruling grade of a river (same of course for the NYC). Nothing changed when the NYC and PRR each went back into business as competitors after the Conrail breakup.
"We" as a society have changed since the "housing bubble" and the following Great Recession. The Millennial generation, now or about to be in the workforce, prefers to reside in urban environments - even after starting families. Those who choose to leave for the "lawn to cut on Saturdays" do not want to be "fifty miles out". So the "liar loan Bubble" that Post-Recession could have pulled families to Sussex, as it did pull lower income families to Monroe (PA), is no longer there.
It's over, and so should be this Epic that I started sixteen years ago - with intent no further than an "asked and answered" five or so postings topic.