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Hoosier State Speed Increase — 11 Minutes!

Amtrak's Friday Hoosier State passing through Shelby, Indiana on June 24, 2011 by Buddahbless (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons Amtrak's Friday Hoosier State passing through Shelby, Indiana on June 24, 2011 by Buddahbless (Flickr) via Wikimedia Commons

Amtrak is crowing about the great news: The Hoosier State has been so successful that Amtrak has cut 11 minutes out of the southbound run from Chicago to Indianapolis and 5 minutes off the northbound time. Wow!

But before we set off all those balloons, first let’s take a look at the newest schedule: an even 5 hours, northbound; 4 hours, 54 minutes southbound. Then let’s look at the 1941 schedules of the Pennsylvania’s South Wind and the New York Central’s James Whitcomb Riley, both of which did the trip in 3 and one-half hours. It’s great that Amtrak is actually gaining traffic on this route. But it has a long way to go before it meets 1941 standards. More information

Ed Perkins, editor

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