RailPAC Annual Meeting, NARP Member Meeting
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Paul Dyson introduced Don Phillips
remembering reading his work as the "Potomac Pundit." Paul had
read articles by Don in TRAINS magazine back in the UK. Don has
written for the International Hearld
and Washington Post
Maybe Mr. Phillips arrived in LA for
this Conference via the Sunset
Limited because he started by saying,
has more air than most airports. In El Paso -
with 1 1/2 hrs layover - I could not find a mailbox! You'd think
someone at the Post Office would put one somewhere in the area for
Being a freelance writer, he referred to Mr. Boardman's list of
limitations put upon him by Congress etc., by commenting that he
(Phillips) had no
such limitations, he could say anything.
"Mr. Boardman is skillful at not answering
what he is not prepared to
He posed this question to the audience, "Are things going slow?"
• We have Obama who supports Amtrak
• We have Mr. Boardman who has done some old (good) things, such
as creating a new generation of safety.
• PTC will not be in place by deadline - Congress will pay for
PTC on freight lines because Amtrak runs on those lines
• HSR is not first,
upgrading the current railroads is needed first.
• Why isn't Amtrak ordering cars by the hundreds and expanding
the system...More sleeping cars and lower the price so we are not
• He is not impressed with Amtrak's front office (Brian Rosenwald
• Amtrak needs a list of needed equipment. Future
budgets include $1 billion a year.
• Recession is good for freight railroads. Otherwise they'd
be overburdened. You can now get a seat in the diner on Amtrak.
• CA and NC will put up money with Amtrak while the NE Corridor
won't come to the table - they don't have to, they get the money
without matching now.
• When freight comes back, the US gov. will need to help them
improve track signalling and dispatching.
• He sees a need for less limiting of photography. He noted
to the audience that if they are hastled while photographing trains,
contact: WEZRail@aol.com. That's Walter Zullig, former
Special Counsel for Metro-North Railroad, who works
with photographers as a pro bono lawyer.
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