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  •  I want a train from Albuquerque (0+ / 0-)

    to Las Vegas.

    I don't care about speed, just convenience.

    Used to go on rail vacations with my mom -- from Duluth to Chicago, or out to Seattle, back through Vancouver via Canadian Pacific, one trip from Thunder Bay to Toronto on CP. Even coach it's much better than flying. The travel is part of the vacation.

    Vegas is the only place I go regularly (to visit friends) and I spend as much time at the airport (more on the return trip) as I do in the air. Airports don't count as a quality travel experience for me. And I detest the sardines-in-a-can feeling of airplanes.

    Right now I could take the SW Chief as far as Needles, and have my friends drive down to pick me up -- a bit after MIDNIGHT, with no station, just a platform. No thank you.

    In my book, civilized countries have useful passenger rail.

    "I've had all I can stands, and I can't stands no more." - Popeye the Sailor Man

    by congenitalefty on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 08:18:24 PM PDT

    •  used to be a LA/Las Vegas train ... (1+ / 0-)
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      congenitalefty

      ... the City of LA, but it came from Chicago by way of Utah. It was revived as the Amtrak Desert Wind, which didn't survive the 1997 budget cuts, but that wouldn't get you Albuquerque / LV.

      Though with the proposed California / Las Vegas train running through Barstow, one could see a junction there to drop off some Vegas cars to be run to Vegas along the proposed Desert Xpress corridor.

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      by BruceMcF on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 05:13:24 PM PDT

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