I ordered a copy of the map. I wonder if I will receive it.A pretty good Ohio Rail Transportation Map is found here.
According to this 2009 plan, the 3-C route was supposed to follow Norfolk Southern from Cleveland to Berea, CSX from Berea to Columbus, and Norfolk Southern from Columbus to Dayton. As of 2009, 58 miles of the line from Columbus to Dayton was single-tracked including speed restrictions of 15, 20, or 25 mph through Springfield.
Their web site indicated that there might be a delay due to the "present conditions". I wonder when that statement was posted. I thought it might be this year. Maybe not.Good luck getting it. I ordered mine years ago and it still hasn't arrived.
That's the final nail in any proposal for new or expanded service. Amtrak needs more train cars. A lot more train cars. Just replacing the older cars doesn't really help because the older cars are worn out, need refurbishment, don't meet current safety or ADA standards, cost a lot more to maintain, and if they put old cars on new routes, they won't be nearly as attractive to new riders. Also, quite a few of them have been wrecked or are otherwise beyond repair.[...]
The final nail in the coffin will be that at least 5 probably 6 train sets will be needed. Only if Amtrak gets an infusion of cash to order the 50 - 60 cars and 12 - 15 additional locos needed above all the other present routes that need more equipment.
I count at least 12 new stations that will need ADA platforms that will be needed from day 1.
As much as I would like to see that route it does not serve any cities other than Chattanooga that has any significant population on the RAT Hole. Austell and Dalton Ga are not any population greats. Also Cincinnati - Chicago needs major upgrading to just 79 MPH.Atlanta to Cincinnati on the NS and then follow the Cardinal route to Chicago.
You’d hit the Knoxville area and Lexington KY.As much as I would like to see that route it does not serve any cities other than Chattanooga that has any significant population on the RAT Hole. Austell and Dalton Ga are not any population greats. Also Cincinnati - Chicago needs major upgrading to just 79 MPH.
Only major cities are Nashville and Atlanta.This is the most direct route with major cities and it is all heavy duty mainline with PTC. But of course that's the problem. CSX would never agree. This is the Dixieland from the 1940 OGR that was discussed in a current thread on Timetable World. Such is progress.
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Well, Seaboard, all we have to do is open up Saluda and you could be in Inidianapolis in 24 hours. This from the Timetable World '60 Guide. It even had a 10-6 Chicago to Columbia.I really wish right about now we had a direct train from the south to the midwest now that I am commuting to and from Indianapolis once a month because it would be far cheaper for two sleepers than the current four I am paying for now. But we aren't that lucky these days.