What if: Fort Smith Union Station

Discussion in 'Buildings and Structures' started by Turky44, Aug 21, 2018.

  1. Turky44

    Turky44 Member

    what if in 1966, Fort Smith's Union Station wasn't demolished
    and that it stayed up until Amtrak came along
    would have Amtrak gone to Fort Smith?
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  2. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    No. Amtrak goes lots of places where former depots no longer exist, and in some cases there is little more than a platform with a shelter. The absence or presence of a depot structure does not and did not determine where Amtrak chooses to run its trains. Potential ridership did and does. If there was no market in 1965 for a train operating between St. Louis and Fort Smith, when the last trains came off, there would be no market in 1971. No Frisco routes survived into the Amtrak era, or even past 1967, for the simple reason that by that time they generated practically no traffic.

  3. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Reality sucks sometimes.


    Of course, it's your layout... and like the imitable Isley Brothers sang in their song: "It's your thing... and you can do what 'chew want".

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  4. Joe Lovett

    Joe Lovett Member

    Rule #1, it's your layout, do what you want.

    Rule #2, nobody can change Rule #1.

  5. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Rule #3. All other rules can be referred back to Rule #1.
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  6. Turky44

    Turky44 Member

    time for an Alternate like History of Fort Smith, this time with Amtrak
    or at least a Passenger Train
  7. There is talk of expanding Amtrak to new corridors. With a healthy application of Rule 1 you can make it work
  8. gstout

    gstout Member Frisco.org Supporter

    With the tremendous population explosion in northwest Arkansas plus a bit of modeler's license you could convincingly make a case for a Kansas City-Monett-Springdale-Fayetteville-Fort Smith corridor operation. Of course, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas would have to pitch in as it's less than 750 miles

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  9. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    The A&M would likely be a willing host... they already run an extensive excursion service... so they're not afraid of psgr traffic.

    Have fun!

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  10. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

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  11. Turky44

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  12. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Greg--What route would you use North of Monett?

    Tom G.
  13. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Sorry. Psgr - RR abbreviation for "passenger".


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