Moving the passenger trains was written into NRPC. Buying into it, those railroads, their successors or assigns, agreed to do so. While some RRs do better than others, too often they don't and nobody back at DC has the you-know-whats to step up. When ATK was formed, they made a huge mistake and did not specify what equipment was to be committed by those who took the buy in. Thus what was handed over was mostly stuff which the companies felt was not useful on freight, (cast offs), equipment in reduced maintenance anticipating the turnover, or complete junk. Even the Milwaukee Road walked away, keeping their less than three year old FP45 engines. As I have noted many times previously, this immediately hamstrung the new operator with instant huge expenses, money much needed elsewhere. Even a private sector operator would be staggered, if notv quickly failing by this hit. If the process were reversed, would the trade back be any better? Doubtful... I know the P42 power they use in my area gives constant failure troubles. So the RRs would be faced with coughing up big dollars to get rolling again. No way they'd want that burden, unless someone else paid the bill.