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Re: Union Station

Post by normalthings » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:29 pm

Amtrak has a bid out to get their tracks at Union Station replaced.
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Re: Union Station

Post by DaveKCMO » Thu Oct 17, 2019 4:57 pm

Too bad it's just the rail, ties and ballast. Those platforms/stairs are in terrible shape and we deserve some overhead cover and a functional elevator.

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Re: Union Station

Post by TheLastGentleman » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:18 pm

Thinking long term, I think 2 Pershing needs to be demolished in whole or part so Union Station's northernmost platform can be reopened. It's ridiculous that such a huge train station has to relegate its Amtrak platform outside, and I don't see that changing unless something major happens.

Also, 2 Pershing is a bad building, so it'd be a great chance to built a better, more sympathetic complex deserving of the site.

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Re: Union Station

Post by earthling » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:21 pm

Is it worth it for just a few trains a day? IIRC, the station used to handle over 200/day at peak until air travel became mainstream. Even long term, hard to imagine more than a dozen.

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Re: Union Station

Post by TheLastGentleman » Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:38 pm

earthling wrote:
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:21 pm
Is it worth it for just a few trains a day? IIRC, the station used to handle over 200/day at peak until air travel became mainstream. Even long term, hard to imagine more than a dozen.
Not now, obviously. But if rail travel improves in the midwest or we start some sort of commuter rail system, I think this is something that should be considered

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Re: Union Station

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Re: Union Station

Post by earthling » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:38 pm

Neato!

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Re: Union Station

Post by shinatoo » Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:32 am

Really sad I missed this.
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Re: Union Station

Post by grovester » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:50 am

My regret is trying to see it at US when there were so many better options all around the metro.

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Re: Union Station

Post by flyingember » Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:45 pm

grovester wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:50 am
My regret is trying to see it at US when there were so many better options all around the metro.
I really doubt there is. Find a place to host the event and you'll find the track design creates access problems to getting spun around the right direction.

They also needed to take routes where they could take on fuel.

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Re: Union Station

Post by normalthings » Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:59 pm

flyingember wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:45 pm
grovester wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:50 am
My regret is trying to see it at US when there were so many better options all around the metro.
I really doubt there is. Find a place to host the event and you'll find the track design creates access problems to getting spun around the right direction.

They also needed to take routes where they could take on fuel.
I think that he meant that there were better locations to view the train from - specifically while it was moving around the metro area.

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