Good thoughts about a poor experience?

BoxcabE50 Jul 8, 2021

  1. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  2. acptulsa

    acptulsa TrainBoard Member

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    It takes 25% longer--four more hours--to go from New York City to Chicago by train than it did in 1937. And that's when the modern train runs on time.

    Amtrak isn't even trying. They have a monopoly. They don't care.
     
  3. sd90ns

    sd90ns TrainBoard Member

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    And they did that on jointed rail, with nothing approaching modern train control systems, and oh yes, High Drivered Hudson's.
     
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  4. Pastor John

    Pastor John TrainBoard Member

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    The biggest issue that they have in keeping schedules is that, until recently, they play second fiddle to freight when scheduling. And even now, while "technically" passenger trains are supposed to be priority, the freight railroads still own and maintain the track and you know that doesn't always happen. Second to that, since the tracks are maintained for freight speeds, much of the track they operate on is speed limited to much less than their equipment can run. Things were different in 1937.
     
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  5. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Until the airlines took over business travel in the 1950's, railroad management regarded passenger service as premier advertising to the business traveler. So they put on the best show possible. For instance, if the 20th Century Limited was 30 minutes late into Chicago or New York, the extra fare was refunded to every passenger, no questions asked.
     
  6. Grey One

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    Only 1 out of 5 of my Amtrak trips were satisfactory or better.
    Still, I'd rather take them than plane or bus.
    But, Next trip to the Amherst show in West Springfield will be by family car or bus.
     

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