I love doing research. Like I told a friend earlier today who was looking to lease F40PH locomotives. He is the better operator between us, I'm the better researcher. I can find anything within about an hours probe in my databases that I maintain.Wow...you've done an admirable job doing the research to put all that data together...thanks for that!
But the bottom line...what is the likelihood of the Amtrak National Limited ever using all that to revive the service comparable to what it once offered...and at what cost?
I would say the likelihood of that ever happening is incredibly slim because of the Cincinnati detour. If you want a New York-St. Louis train now the best option would be to restart the Southwestern Limited (which was the Big Four's equivalent to the 20th Century Limited) on this routing.
New York-Cleveland: On the former New York Central route now used by the Lake Shore Limited.
Cleveland-Galion, OH: On the former New York Central Big Four route that ran from Cleveland to Cincinnati. At Galion one could split off a section to Cincinnati and Columbus.
Galion, OH-Indianapolis, IN: On the former New York Central Big Four route via Belefontaine, OH and Muncie, IN.
Indianapolis, IN-St. Louis, MO: Was outlined on a former post. But to recap it the EX NYC to Terre Haute, IN, then the ex Pennsylvania on into St. Louis, MO.
Any other routes people would like researched?