- Mar 20, 2009
You could be correct about that...I don't know how good the line was between Sterling and Julesburg at that point in time. Of course, once reaching Julesburg, it was high iron the rest of the way. Another choice they had to make was whether to run the test train back onto the BN at Grand Island, or not, in order to serve Lincoln. They chose not. They could also have used the main freight route between Fremont and Missouri Valley via Blair and California Jct. to reach the C&NW, but that would have bypassed Omaha. Mr. Larson came to Amtrak from the North Western, so he felt "at home" on that iron...It might have been concerns about the track or signals. I know that when they added coal traffic to the KP line (Denver-Salina) they had to do a lot of work to get it up to consistent speed limits and to re-signalize it.