In St. Louis, private train operator throws in the towel
Now its owner has sold the train to Kansas City Southern Railway and moved out of Union Station.
Rising costs were cited as one reason for the owner's decision. Another was the stunning realization that passengers hate late trains.
[T]he increasing congestion on the railroads resulted in a certain unpredictability of departure and arrival times. Higher prices with uncertainty do not make for good customer relations.Moral of the story: Congestion and delays are not isolated to Amtrak. They are a fact of life on the nation's railways for all operators: freight, passenger, public, private, excursion, scheduled. At some point it will become necessary to make the condition of the national rail network a national priority.