And no consultant jokes.Heck, I’m available!
There is a development in Idaho. Channel 6 (Pocatello?) files this report.
A spokesman for Republican Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho says Amtrak has started a search for a consultant as a step in possibly restoring the Pioneer Route.
Lindsay Nothern says the consultant could come to Idaho to meet with state officials about restarting the train route.
This is a fine idea and does not diminish any other route. As I recall, the UP railroad in this area is excellent, but there is now a possible problem getting into Portland Union Station from this route. Maybe some local people know better than me.
This addition connects the Midwest and the mountain region to the northwest. It will be an excellent addition.
Now, to address the elephant in the room. Some of the restored Superliner equipment will go to the Zephyr and it makes sense to put some of that equipment into Salt Lake-Seattle service. This does not “steal” equipment from any proposed Sunset restoration. At least, that is how it looks from an unbiased observer in Arkansas.