Or for crew qualifications. After a six-week long transit strike in Edmonton we took steeple-cab electric 2001 out for a trip grinding grade crossings to make sure that signals worked. The union okayed it as a one day exception for safety reasons. The engineer and fireman were both electrical engineers. The flagman was the system's Marketing Officer. Perhaps the non-revenue train in PA was doing both purposes: qualification and signal safety. As I lost a couple of friends in the Nisqually crash, I hope they are doing both tasks.They may be running deadheads to keep the tracks "clean".
The reality is that nothing is going to change. The virus isn't going to give up, and go back home (China?) on June 3.Just found out: Wolf has extended “The Great 2020 Shut-In” until June 4 for all counties in the “Red” Phase. This includes all counties served by the Keystones. He did state some more counties would move to “Yellow” in the foreseeable future.
Pennsylvania will need to determine when it can run. It's a state supported route.There is good news. Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, is moving into the Yellow phase next Friday, as well as the central and western counties The Pennsylvanian serves. Why can’t Amtrak restart the service initially from Harrisburg to Pittsburgh? As I said, Amtrak could restart the Keystones between Harrisburg and Philadelphia only for now, and just run a few trains a day until demand improves and those counties are cleared.