Ed Driscoll


AMTRAK FACES JULY SHUTDOWN, according to this Washington Post story.

Uh, other than the folks who use the heavily travelled Northeast Corridor (which could probably be a money maker if spun-off from the rest of Amtrak), who would notice?

I’ve loved trains ever since I was a kid, but there’s a reason why commercial railroads got out of the passenger business in the first place–ever since the double-barreled combination in the 1950s of jet airliners and interstate highways, passenger railroading is largely a financial sinkhole. Especially for a railroad as badly run as Amtrak.