How is it the “perfect time to test new service” when nobody is traveling right now? Then what do you do when ridership returns and you need that equipment to run their original routes?Sure there is. They're sitting idle while Amtrak runs 3 days a week. Perfect time to test new service.
Nobody is traveling? Well, it seems they are in sleepers.How is it the “perfect time to test new service” when nobody is traveling right now? Then what do you do when ridership returns and you need that equipment to run their original routes?
Further, what “new service” would be tested by running different equipment on the same route? Adding a new route takes years of planning and hundreds of millions in
extortion paymentsinvestment in host railroad upgrades.
If they need more service to Miami, then just run each of the Silvers every day. There’s nothing to “test.” They’ve been doing it for years already, right up to four months ago.Nobody is traveling? Well, it seems they are in sleepers.
If this is a "test" for viability, then you run it until the cars are needed for their original routes (and announce that it is temporary).
Amtrak had been paying for two trains every day in each direction between DC and Miami. They are running only one.
Also Superliner version of Cardinal has covered Washington Union Station to AF interlocking in Alexandria with Superliners on the Florida route, and upto Orange on the Crescent routeIt should be noted that Superliners have already run (close to) DC to Miami on a regular basis, just not on a single train. The Auto Train runs Lorton, VA to Sanford, and the Sunset Limited used to go to Miami.
Believe it was the Capitol and the Star ...There was also a through Silver sleeper on either the Broadway or the single-level Capitol. We were on it once - just can't remember which.
I believe you. Every year for several in a row we did a similar routing to Florida "back in the day". We had to connect in Hammond-Whiting, IN, and Amtrak kept toggling the schedules of the Broadway and the Capitol, so I can't remember whether we connected in Philly one year vs. Washington the next. There was only one year with a through sleeper though. Sometimes we returned through Montreal, although never benefited from the through sleeper you mentioned previously.Believe it was the Capitol and the Star ...
Between 1984 and 1986, and again between 1991 and 1993...
This was prior to Superliners on the Cap.