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Jimmy Patterson

In your last paragraph, you wrote: "I understand progress. I understand convenience. But I don't understand why politicians and big business continue to try to destroy this area of Texas through plans like La Entrada al Pacifico and its resultant destruction of the infrastructure of both Alpine and Marfa, and now today's news from Amtrak."

MOTRAN'S plan on La Entrada as explained by MOTRAN official Buddy Sipes on the Craig Anderson Show is to connect "the Port of Topolobampo in the country of Mexico" to "cities a little bit north of Midland"

Eurasian modified this La Entrada plan and said to Buddy Sipes something like this: IF WE EXTEND THIS LA ENTRADA ALL THE WAY TO MIDDLE USA OR ALL THE WAY TO MIDDLE CANADA, CARGOES FROM ASIA TO MIDDLE NORTH AMERICA WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO PASS VIA US SEAPORTS IN THE PACIFIC OR IN THE ATLANTIC OR IN GULF OF MEXICO. BOATS FROM ASIA CAN UNLOAD THEIR CONTAINERS AND CARGOES AT TOPOLOBAMPO AND GO BACK TO ASIA TO GET THE NEXT LOAD. THIS WILL BE A SHORTER ROUTE FOR THE BOATS.

The same too with Middle US and Middle Canada exports to Asia. Instead of passing through US seaports in the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, or in the Atlantic, the containers and cargoes can simply be sent by rail or by truck to Topolobampo where they can be picked up by boats and sent to Asia, Australia and other countries.

I pointed out that rail is so much more efficient than trucks or boats. The wheels of trains are like bearings, almost perfectly round which just roll and roll on steel rails that are practically perfectly straight. As such trains use far less fuel to transport cargoes than trucks or boats or planes.

So if cargoes and containers are sent to the seaport of Topolobampo or some other Mexican seaport BY RAIL, THAT IS ACTUALLY THE CHEAPEST AND THE SHORTEST ROUTE FROM MIDDLE US TO THE MEXICAN SEAPORT when compared to the longer route via US seaports in the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic.

From locations near the Mexican seaport to Asia by boat, the distance and efficiency is the same regardless of whether the containers or cargoes reached Mexico by boat, rail or truck. SO WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS THE EFFICIENCY AND COST OF TRANSPORTING CONTAINERS AND CARGOES FROM A MEXICAN SEAPORT TO LOCATIONS IN MIDDLE USA AND MIDDLE CANADA {AND/OR VICE VERSA). AND WHEN WE USE RAIL RAIL RAIL RAIL RAIL TO DO THIS SHIPPING BETWEEN MIDDLE NORTH AMERICA TO/FROM MEXICAN SEAPORT SAY TOPOLOBAMPO, WE WILL BE THE CHEAPEST AND WORLD TRADE TO AND FROM ASIA WILL PASS VIA MIDLAND ODESSA INSTEAD OF PASSING VIA THOSE US SEPORTS IN THE PACIFIC OR THE ATLANTIC OR GULF OF MEXICO SEAPORTS!!!! DON'T YOU WANT WORLD SHIPPING TO BE PASSING THROUGH MIDLAND ODESSA???? WHAT ARE YOU ALL??? A BUNCH OF NUTS????

If lights of trains will disturb the people of Alpine, I propose train engineers use infrared lights while in Alpine and Fort Davies and goggles or cameras that allow them to see the infrared light and animals and people in the darkness. I think they call these "night time vision goggles."

the-eurasianearthlink.net

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The present rail passing through Midland is an EAST-WEST rail. Its purpose is to connect pacific seaports to atlantic and gulf of mexico seaports.

1. Eurasian wants a NORTH-SOUTH rail

2. Eurasian wants the federal government/Dots/and TXDOT to slow down on building truck highways AND CONCENTRATE ON BUILDING THIS NORTH SOUTH RAIL.

3. This north-south rail WILL REPLACE US SEAPORTS IN CONTINENTAL USA. INSTEAD WORLD TRADE WILL BE PASSING THROUGH MIDLAND-ODESSA BY ENTERING AND EXITING THROUGH MEXICAN SEAPORT OR SEAPORTS.

4. This shipping shortcut will not only be shorter BUT WILL BE CHEAPER BECAUSE TRAINS ARE MORE EFFICIENT THAN BOATS OR TRUCKS OR PLANES.

5. THESE LOWER SHIPPING COSTS WILL STIMULATE WORLD TRADE BETWEEN:
(a) The MOST POPULATED COUNTRY OF THE WORLD MAINLAND CHINA
(b) The MOST POPULATED MUSLIM COUNTRY IN THE WORLD INDONESIA
(c) The LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD THE USA

Darrell W. Ward

Jimmy:
This change in routing is something that AMTRAK considered once before some years ago. Part of the consideration is sheer economics. On the current route from San Antonio through Alpine, the total population along the entire route is less than the population of Midland/Odessa. What Amtrak is looking at is potential ridership, which is much, much higher along a route that would include Abilene, Big Spring and Midland/Odessa.

The last time the route change came up for consideration, a business (I forget which one, unfortunately) in Odessa offered a building on First Street which could be refurbished as a train station, since both cities long ago tore down their stations. I don't recall the exact reasons the change didn't happen last time...I think it had to do with negotiating track usage with Union Pacific, which owns the line.

I realize that the southern route is much more scenic, but on the other hand the (at least potential) increase in ridership on the route through Midland/Odessa is one of the major factors in the consideration. I personally would love to take the train to the West Coast and then up the coast to Oregon (where I have a brother), and the possibilty of catching said train here instead of having to deal with the drive to Alpine would make that a more likely event.

That's my take on the whole thing. Amtrak is basically looking at a massive increase in potential ridership. Whether it happens or not remains to be seen. Remember, the proposed routing fell through last time it came up.

the-eurasianearthlink.net

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Third paragraph of "Alpine Could Lose Passenger Train Service If Amtrak Were To Approve Route Change" says this:

In this week's editions of the Avalanche, though, what Perry reports is not quite so good: "According to Passenger Train Journal magazine ... a plan is now being floated to divert the Sunset route at New Orleans and send it through Dallas-Fort Worth. From DFW, it would go through Abilene, Odessa and on to El Paso, bypassing the Big Bend."

Eurasian has an experimental solution to this problem. How about doing "one route some days like the Sunset/BigBend Route" and "the other route like going through Abilene, Odessa, and on to El Paso at other days?"

Chris Robbins

The real sticker is that there are those in congress and elsewhere, often very conservative or libertarian interests, who want the Sunset route eliminated altogether. The fate of the Alpine stop has to be secondary to the survival of the Sunset Limited train. We should be lobbying for the route to be re-extended east of New Orleans to at least Jacksonville, if not Orlando. Furthermore, we must re-establish daily service on the route. The reason it so often comes up on the chopping block is that it is difficult to turn a profit with the same overhead costs but only 3/7ths of the potential profit. The Sunset Route is an American heirloom and also the backbone of two of the Obama Administration's high speed rail corridors. It must be preserved and improved. Unfortunately, that may spell doom for the little station in Alpine.

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Chris Robbins, Jim Patterson

We will work and give arguments to bring trains to Alpine. In the meantime, if we connect a Mexican Pacific port all the way north to Middle America and all the way to middle Canada. I think that would also be a very very interesting route for passengers and tourists. I think that route passes not only Alpine but also an area of Mexico which looks like the Grand Canyon BUT MUCH MORE DEEPER AND THE MOUNTAINS AND CLIFFS MUCH MORE HIGHER!!! And in Inland Middle Canada might also be other interesting things to see. Maybe, this North-South Train route might also pass via the Grand Canyon if that's in Middle America. And trains of passengers don't have to be just traveling east-west or north-south. They can also go down and transfer trains. Even the trains can also turn left or right instead of just going straight!!!

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