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Return the Sunset Limited to Tallahassee
From Dan McDaniel:
Earlier this year, President Trump signed the 2018 budget bill into law which included $20 million for resurrecting passenger service on the Sunset Limited corridor from Jacksonville to New Orleans, including through Tallahassee. The service has been terminated since Hurricane Katrina damaged rails and trestles between Pensacola and New Orleans in August 2005.
According to The Hill (1/16/2016) Amtrak was testing the corridor for “feasibility” in February 2016 when the Amtrak Test Train visited Tallahassee and eleven other former Sunset Limited stops no longer receiving Amtrak service. Those stops are: (in Florida) Lake City, Madison, Tallahassee, Chipley, Crestview, Pensacola; (in Alabama) Atmore, Mobile; and (in Mississippi) Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis.
As an interested party, I am building an email list of persons who are willing to sound off on this issue – not just for Tallahassee train enthusiasts, but for people across the route. Please look back at the cities and towns listed above.
Anyone you know who lives there who would help? We will be planning letters to Amtrak, to local media, and demonstrations at local train stations over the summer in an effort to commit sufficient funds to bringing the Sunset Limited back to the Sunshine State.
Open House at Oldest Depot in Florida
From Drew Hackmeyer
The Gulf Wind Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society held an open house at the Lloyd depot this past Saturday. The depot is the oldest in Florida, built in 1858 and has been maintained by the Chapter since the early 70’s. The waiting room and agent’s office space is occupied by the Post Office. The freight room has been the target of recent renovation efforts with replacement of the brick herringbone-pattern floor and the addition of a handicap accessible second bathroom. Repointing of the brick walls is a constant chore.