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Re: PC: RE: Re: Why no money?



Amtrak like the Postal Service will never be broke and go out of business as
both are US Gov't and supported by taxpayer dollars. WoW! If the stories we
hear of Amtrak having no money, then they should not have Acela trains and
be running today. That is really broke when the offices are closed and no
one in them. I'd like to be as broke as Amtrak. Another wording to further
soak the raxpayer.

----- Original Message -----
From: <w8ln -AT- juno.com>
To: <penn-central -AT- smellycat.com>
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 6:30 PM
Subject: Re: PC: RE: Re: Why no money?


>
> > I remember hearing stories of passenger cars (roach coaches) being
> > trashed inside. Inoperative A/C and heat made cars miserable.
>
> Why spend needed capital on a guaranteed money loser? If the service
> stank, there was a chance they could drive off enough passengers so the
> ICC would let them kill the train. If they spent money on heat and A/C,
> for example, all they would have is a comfortable money loser.
>
> There was (and is) no way to make a profit on a national intercity
> passenger system  and on commuter passenger trains. It doesn't happen
> anywhere in the world today, and it became impossible in the U.S. decades
> ago. Amtrak, financially the best system in the world, barely covers
> operating cost on the corridor (the "best" part of its system), but it
> can't even think about capital from revenues.
>
> (Don't think I'm anti passenger service. Passenger trains are an
> essential service but it will take public money to make a national system
> work.)
>
> > >Parts were not readily available anymore and had to strip other
> > engines for parts. This was why some railroads re-engined GP7/9 units
> > with 645 components that became GP8/10 units.
>
> The world is still swimming in 567 parts. Many of these rebuilds were
> done for tax and accounting reasons.
>
> Bryan Turner
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