The latest clarification from Amtrak about its efforts to gut the National Network keep passengers safe is that trains will continue to run next year even on tracks not currently fitted for positive train control.

The carrier's stance was untenable, anyway, as the trains operated by Amtrak on behalf of the state departments of transportation (what we used to call 403(b) services) such as the Downeaster on the old Boston and Maine and Maine Central for Portland and Brunswick were going to keep running anyway.  That's happy news, even for occasional visitors from the Great Lakes, even if the relatively few freight trains still using those (lightly used: twelve trips on a business day) tracks have a nasty habit of getting in the way of the passenger trains.

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