That scheduling looks much better than the old... but fearfully, Amtrak is running on rails belonging to the freight companies... so last priority gets whatever schedule fits.The present schedules are:
50: CHI 545P, IND 1159P, CIN 327A, WAS 644P, NYP 958P
51: NYP 645A, WAS 1100A, CIN 141A, IND 600A, CHI 1000A
50 gets to IND, CIN and NYP at horrible times. 51 leaves NYP and IND very early and in the middle of the night for CIN.
I think these schedules are a vestige of trying to use these two trains as commuter trains between Indianapolis and Chicago. The schedules east of Indianapolis are not so good.
If we forget about the vestige of past schedules, here are adjusted schedules:
50: CHI 945A, IND 359P, CIN 727P, WAS 1044A, NYP 158P
51: NYP 115P, WAS 530P, CIN 811A, IND 1230P, CHI 430P
The running times are the same and the commission hours in NYP are avoided. Now the trains visit all the major cities at reasonable hours. People would want to visit Cincinnati again, by train.
Why does Amtrak cling to the present day schedules of these trains, as horrible as they are?
BTW!!! The Lakeshore has a lousy schedule going east... leaving at 9pm and getting to the Big Apple at rush hour time or later as it runs late quite often. Would like to see that train leave in mid afternoon getting to NYP about the same time the next day.