Why Is It So Hard To Get A Daily Sunset Limited?


By Noel T. Braymer

There has never been daily passenger service on the Sunset Limited as long as Amtrak has been around since 1971. The Southern Pacific on who’s tracks the Sunset ran had cut it back to tri-weekly before the start of Amtrak. The overhead costs of running trains 3 times a week are almost as high as running them daily. But daily trains earn much more revenues than trains running 3 or 4 days a week. From an economic standpoint it doesn’t make sense to run rail passenger service less than daily. The Southern Pacific was more interested in getting rid of passenger service than maximizing passenger service revenue in the 50’s and 60’s. They were not alone in the American rail industry. The main problem for the railroads was too much overhead and not enough revenue miles. Quite often the reason the railroads, including Southern Pacific wanted…

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Work on TZB Landings brings Lane, Exit Closures

Kaleidoscope Eyes

Recent photo of the Westchester landing shows two-way traffic moving on the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge while crews begin demolishing the Tappan Zee Bridge’s landings courtesy EarthCam® construction camera.

River Road in South Nyack is closed while crews work on the Rockland landings; click here for detour route, ramp and lane closures from Exit 11 southbound to Exit 9.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

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Solving the Selection of a Power Plant Solvent

Power Plant Men

A year after I joined the electricians in the electric shop, Howard Chumbley became my foreman. One day when we were talking about going to the old Osage Plant up the road to clean up a PCB (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) spill, he explained that “In His Day” they used to clean their tools in a vat of transformer oil that was full of PCBs. I remember him telling us that it was normal for him to be up to his elbows in the stuff. They never thought it might be harmful. Now we were getting ready to go up to the old plant to clean up a small spill and I was going to have to suit up in a special hazardous waste suit. I wrote about our experience in the post: “Pioneers of Power Plant Fame Finally Find Rest“.

Now we know about the hazard of developing cancer…

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