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yukon11
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Missoula County is interested in reviving the western portion of the North Coast Hiawatha route, Seattle to Missoula and possibly on to Helena.

https://is.gd/VX0lxx

The 2010 cost study was for a restoration of the the North Coast Hiawatha route, Billings to Helena, would be $159 million to get "up and running". That seems a lot but it would be interesting to see a cost study for Seattle to Missoula. Also, 159 million doesn't seem excessive compared to some of the cost projections for Calif. HSR. I think the economic benefits from tourism would be substantial, with the lure of Glacier Park and Yellowstone by train a factor.

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There is inherently a huge difference in the cost of building a totally new railroad line in relation to the cost of doing some upgrades on an existing line. Think of the difference between building a new highway versus doing a repaving job on a road that is already there. Also, there is the point of operating multiple trains per day versus one. This is truly and "apples and oranges" comparison.
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The best chance to again ride along the scenic Clark Fork River would be to have some seats added to those B737 fuselages that are routed over the MRL from the subcontractor in Kansas to Renton WA.

Only problem; not sure how many of such are presently being moved until the MAX airworthiness issues are resolved.

An "off rails" comment; while there were evidently flaws in the aircraft's design, this long Times article places far more blame on insufficiently trained overseas flight crews, than have other reports. So far as I'm concerned, just pick a plane from any of the three US flagged carriers that have them, round up a certified flight crew, gas 'er up, and let's go for a spin.

addendum: there is a topic @ Open Discussion for such solely related to the B737 MAX.

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quote:
Originally posted by Gilbert B Norman:

An "off rails" comment; while there were evidently flaws in the aircraft's design, this long Times article places far more blame on insufficiently trained overseas flight crews, than have other reports. So far as I'm concerned, just pick a plane from any of the three US flagged carriers that have them, round up a certified flight crew, gas 'er up, and let's go for a spin.

Agree with you completely. As to the two airlines that had the crashes: I would not fly on either one of those carriers, and there are a few others as well, regardless of what plane was used.
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