Thank you, so the south leg does not exist, that is why I could not find it. Why would Amtrak want to turn the train there and block the busy hwy 953?
Why is Amtrak acting on this now? Is the present Hialeah station falling apart? The area surrounding the old station has been sketchy for years, so what changed now?
I have some speculation:
1. The old management at Amtrak that butted head with FLDOT is gone. so that history is less of a roadblock to talking to FLDOT.
2. FLDOT has become much more rail friendly since then and the FLDOT leadership is very different from what was there before, so that history is also less of a roadblock to re-engage.
3. From what I understand it is FLDOT that approached Amtrak asking what needs to be done to put the project back on track. This also might have something to do with FLDOT suddenly becoming more interested in talking to Amtrak in the context of ConnectUS and the proposed intra-Florida service in it.
So I think there are multiple factors that sort of came together to get them to start talking again. Of course what will come out of it is anybody's guess.
As for the Wye, I have not heard anyone outside of one or two in the raiflan community talk about it. It is CSX property anyway, which CSX will happily dump on anyone willing to take it, perhaps insisting that they must take the entire Homestead sub with it, if they wish to have it, while retaining trackage rights and requiring minimum guarantee of maintenance.
The reason that Amtrak ran the tests they did in the way they did is because the plan has always been to continue to use the Hialeah Yard for servicing and figure out an efficient way to get the empties to/from Hialeah Yard from/to the station. They were trying to figure out what would be the best way. They have never ever mentioned using any Wye near MIC.