Not sure if this has been posted somewhere already...but.... I have a friend who works for Amtrak and is an Attendant on the Empire Builder. This is part of a converrsation we had this morning.... Amtrak decided not to carry private cars or to run excursions anymore. So all the excursions that were run in the US were run under our authority. That includes traffic rights on the freight railroads and our liability insurance. 8:28 AM So there won't be any more excursions in the US. So all the steam engines that were operating in the US won't run again, unless they were running on a tourist short line. 8:31 AM Our new president Richard Anderson came from Delta Airlines. The railfans are calling him airplane boy. Some co-workers are calling him Delta Dick. 8:33 AM The end of the excursions has made us a villain in the railfanning community. It'll be interesting to see if it hurts ridership. 8:38 AM Some things I've read think this might be the start of the end. There's a thought that he might just be stripping down to the core service and working at that and then adding things back as we go. I know we'll get sued by the private car owners. We force them to make costly upgrades and then we pull the rug out from under them. 8:47 AM I've also read that people should call their legislators to have them urge Amtrak to not cut out the private car transports and the excursions. I haven't called yet but I guess I need to. I should probably get going. It's a bit of a walk to the crew base.