lstone19 wrote: ↑Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:30 pmWhat am I missing? I'm looking at what I thought was the route through Kankakee and I'm not seeing a need to go backwards between Lafayette and Kankakee. At Lafayette, I see the junction to head towards Kankakee is south of the station so a backing move in Lafayette to/from the station would be needed but that would be it. At Kankakee, it joins the IC/CN route pointed north so no reversal needed there. Then just the normal backup move into CUS like anything off the IC/CN.Oh ok, when he mentioned backing moves I assumed that meant direction reversal, rather than two short backing moves into existing Amtrak stations. I also misread the Lafayette map.
My point still stands about fewer carriers - though that need not have been the case. (It seems like the ICG should have tried to get the old NYC route at Conrail formation in 1976 even at the expense of their own Indianapolis line, given how seamlessly this route feeds their mainline.)