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George_Harris
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Third Train across North Carolina
 
« on: Jun 4th, 2008, 3:20pm »
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Six months to a year from now there will be a third train between Raleigh and Charlotte.  Midday service, finally.  Should help total ridership on all trains.  Somewhat surprising that this will be starting before completion of replacement of all double track segments between Greensboro and Charlotte.  
 
Here is the press release from the NCDOT web site:
 
http://www.bytrain.org/redbarinfo/news/2008releases/thirdfrequency_4june08.html
 
News Release
Date: 6-4-08
 
Gov. Easley Announces more Rail Service between Raleigh and Charlotte
Third Train to be Added to Meet Growing Ridership and Consumer Demand
 
RALEIGH — Gov. Mike Easley today announced that a third intercity passenger train between Raleigh and Charlotte will be added to the current service to help meet growing demand as well as ridership increases. The new train service will run at midday, with departures from Raleigh and Charlotte.
 
"Ridership is increasing significantly along this route and adding a midday train run will meet the growing demand and provide needed services to North Carolina travelers who are looking for economical alternatives to driving," Easley said. "As fuel prices continue to climb, more and more people are turning to rail as their choice for transportation."
 
From October 2007 to April 2008, ridership was up more than 22 percent with 197,126 travelers riding either the Piedmont or Carolinian trains. On the Piedmont (trains 73 and 74) ridership was up almost 26 percent from 28,309 to 35,681 passengers; the Carolinian (trains 79 and 80) was up 18 percent from 136,358 to 161,445.
 
The North Carolina Department of Transportation currently sponsors both the Piedmont and Carolinian trains as part of North Carolina’s Amtrak service.  Each train makes a morning and evening run between Raleigh and Charlotte, a trip that is competitive with auto travel at 3 hours and 9 minutes, including intermediate stops at Cary, Durham, Burlington, Greensboro, High Point, Salisbury and Kannapolis. The Carolinian also makes stops in Selma, Wilson and Rocky Mount, in the eastern part of the state. Fares for the round trip between Raleigh and Charlotte start at $50.
The estimated cost to operate the additional route is $3 million a year. The money will come from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program.
 
"Federal funds are going to cover startup and operational costs for the next three years, so it's a win-win," said Transportation Secretary Lyndo Tippett.  "Riding the train offers a safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly way to travel."  
 
Officials at the state transportation department estimate that it will take between six and 12 months to make the third run operational.  Rail cars and locomotives will need to be refurbished for the service.
 
The Piedmont and Carolinian trains are supported by the state transportation department, Amtrak and passenger fares.  Complete schedule and train information is available by going to: www.bytrain.org on the Internet. Reservations are required.  Travelers should book early for best fares. Tickets can be purchased at www.Amtrak.com or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL.
 
 ***NCDOT***
Contact:
 
Joan Bagherpour, 919-733-7245 x261
NCDOT Rail Division


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Re: Third Train across North Carolina
 
« Reply #1 on: Jun 4th, 2008, 8:52pm »
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Looks like my nephew and his wife will be able to take a convenient train ride with with Ruthie when she gets just a little bigger - they live in Greensboro...

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George_Harris
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 22nd, 2009, 8:40pm »
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on Jun 4th, 2008, 3:20pm, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Six months to a year from now there will be a third train between Raleigh and Charlotte.  Midday service, finally.  Should help total ridership on all trains.  

It has now been almost 18 months, and we are still waiting.


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« Reply #3 on: Dec 22nd, 2009, 9:11pm »
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"It has now been almost 18 months, and we are still waiting."
 
That's nothing... there are those of us who have been waiting for passenger service outside the Charlotte - Greensboro - Raleigh area that have been waiting for up to a decade for their promised service, with rebuilt depots becoming weed infested lots in some towns, with no service in site.  18 months... shoot... "It's only just begun..."


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« Reply #4 on: Dec 22nd, 2009, 9:41pm »
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Well, I can see locomotives not being that much of a problem. Put Cat or Cummins 4-cycle engines in rebuilt F40s, which I believe are to be had. But cars? Where to get them, what is to be had and who is gonna do the rebulids?

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« Reply #5 on: Dec 22nd, 2009, 11:02pm »
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NCDT recently purchased two old U.S. Army hospital cars to go with the two that they already have (at least one in service as a bike - coach) and another leg-rest coach (I believe originally GN) to go with the other rebuilt leg-rest coaches that they previously had purchased to suppliment the KCS coaches.
 
New shots are being added into the Update for my Passenger Car Photo Index, including shots of the two bike - coach cars already in service and the rebuilt leg-rest coaches... but here are the three newest cars acquired...
http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1843058
 


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Re: Third Train across North Carolina
 
« Reply #6 on: Apr 20th, 2010, 8:18pm »
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It is finally here beginning on June 5, 2010.  
 
www.bytrain.org/pdf/midddayschedule.pdf
 
 
 


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