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Re: Amtrak pictures part 2
 
« Reply #240 on: May 3rd, 2014, 10:31am »
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on Apr 29th, 2014, 7:27pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Looks like they have to make a backing movement for the stop. That sort of thing tends to slow the schedule a bit, doesn't it?

 
Yes, they do indeed have to back in for the stop when going eastbound.  But then this is already a long stop and the reason that they back in is to be next to the building for US Custom's work.  So the train is already scheduled to be there for well over an hour anyhow.
 
Going westbound to Canada the train stops on one of the pull through tracks and no backing move is required.
 
I'm not sure how the opening of the new station in Niagara will affect the current procedures.


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« Reply #241 on: May 3rd, 2014, 3:54pm »
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OK, makes better sense, what with the delays inherent in a backing movement. No problem if you are going to be sitting for a while anyhow and need to make things easy for ICE agents.
 
I recall going into Houston in the 1950s - Union Station was all stub tracks and all arrivals were accomplished by a backing move. Most seemed to involve a stop and a substantial wait before the backing move commenced. Never did understand  why that was, as can't recall ever seeing any crossing traffic on the Houston Belt & Terminal between the passenger train on the Wye and the station throat (there were some crossings IIRC - been a long time),nor any trains coming out that might have occupied the arrival track and had to clear. but - i was a kid, and I'm sure there w some reason involved.


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« Reply #242 on: May 4th, 2014, 1:41am »
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OK, makes better sense, what with the delays inherent in a backing movement. No problem if you are going to be sitting for a while anyhow and need to make things easy for ICE agents.
 
I recall going into Houston in the 1950s - Union Station was all stub tracks and all arrivals were accomplished by a backing move. Most seemed to involve a stop and a substantial wait before the backing move commenced. Never did understand  why that was, as can't recall ever seeing any crossing traffic on the Houston Belt & Terminal between the passenger train on the Wye and the station throat (there were some crossings IIRC - been a long time),nor any trains coming out that might have occupied the arrival track and had to clear. but - i was a kid, and I'm sure there w some reason involved.

Don't know about Houston, but some stations had hand throw switches to do their wye movements.  That slows things down.  
 
For the two Memphis stations, Central had hand throw turnouts and Union had power operated turnouts.  Best I recall, the pull past and back around the wye going in move was allowed about 15 minutes more than the straight pull out around the wye departure move.  This is about what it took for the Frisco at Central.  I did that a couple of times.  I think it was a few minutes less going into Union, but only did that once or twice and at a younger age.


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« Reply #243 on: May 4th, 2014, 6:16pm »
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Don't know about Houston, but some stations had hand throw switches to do their wye movements.  That slows things down.  
 
For the two Memphis stations, Central had hand throw turnouts and Union had power operated turnouts.  Best I recall, the pull past and back around the wye going in move was allowed about 15 minutes more than the straight pull out around the wye departure move.  This is about what it took for the Frisco at Central.  I did that a couple of times.  I think it was a few minutes less going into Union, but only did that once or twice and at a younger age.

 
Would hate to have money riding on the matter - but I seem to recall a brakeman hitting the ground to throw the switches, but mainly it seems (in memory) we'd pull to a stop and then just sit for an extended time. Long enough that recall getting restless whike waitiing. Leaving - when the time came, the train left and that was usually it until the first stop (Teague; then Corsicana and Waxahachie). 283 miles in 4 hours. That was the Sam Houston Zephyr and the Twin Star Rocket, Union Station in Houston (now a baseball field) to Dallas Union Station, still in use (hooray!!).


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« Reply #244 on: May 12th, 2014, 10:48pm »
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Well, more of those pesky ex-C&O signals are gone now.  
Amtrak #512, a P32-8 leads train #66 westbound through Lee Hall, VA under the new signal. The removal of the old signal happened on Mother's Day.
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« Reply #245 on: Jul 6th, 2014, 9:13pm »
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Spent July 4th in Ashland, VA. Among the trains through there was the Auto Train.
The northbound train came through a bit late, 1130Hrs due to hitting a tree down in Florida the night before.
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« Reply #246 on: Jul 6th, 2014, 9:21pm »
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Amtrak is still using a few P32-8s. #512 is leading a slightly late train #195 that will end its run at Richmond, VA. Leaving Ashland at 1700Hrs, the Timetable shows a 1705Hr arrival time for the Staples Mill Road station that will be missed.
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« Reply #247 on: Aug 31st, 2014, 9:29pm »
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A very late running (3 hours) Amtrak train #94 with locomotive #150 out of Newport News, VA allowed me the opportunity to catch it meeting a slightly late running (1/2 hour) Amtrak train #67 with locomotive #86 at Lee Hall, VA. on Aug. 20, 2014.
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« Reply #248 on: Sep 7th, 2014, 9:32pm »
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Thought I would stop by the Northeast Corridor and see one of them thar high speed trains.    
Amtrak #526, a GP40H is on the south end of a northbound train. Wilmington, DE 9/5/14 at 1540Hrs.
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« Reply #249 on: Oct 15th, 2014, 6:32am »
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Amtrak train #94 with locomotive #16, a P42DC passing CSX train K081-11, an empty crude oil train with BNSF #7520, an ES44DC and BNSF #9393, a SD70ACe at the east end of Providence Forge, VA. 10/12/14 at 0904Hrs.
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« Reply #250 on: Nov 17th, 2014, 11:28pm »
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Caught one of the new Siemens ACS-64 and a slightly older EMD SW1500 at Washington Union Station at 1045Hrs on 11/14/14. I'll let you decide which is which.
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« Reply #251 on: Jan 21st, 2015, 6:38am »
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Amtrak train #67 experienced some sort of service disruption around Philadelphia, PA on 1/20/15 and was running very late. As a result the decision was made to run a substitute consist out of Washington DC. So, here we have Amtrak #95, a P42DC on Train #67 without the usual baggage car behind the engine. Peninsula Sub at CA23, 1256Hrs.
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« Reply #252 on: Jan 29th, 2015, 8:02pm »
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A little different from the preceding photos... a couple from 1974, early Amtrak years:
Rochester, NY former New York Central station still had two platforms with canopies.  The doorway on the far platform opened to a stairway that led to a passageway under the mainline.  A concrete bumper that hasn't been demolished, or whatever you do with them:


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« Reply #253 on: Jan 29th, 2015, 8:05pm »
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Amtrak E8A 267 was former New York Central 4052, leading a westbound.  You can see traces of the cigar band on the nose showing through Penn Central paint.  

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Spring of 1974 saw a handful of observation cars on Amtrak's Empire Service.  Bringing up the rear of a westbound, passing through the yard in Rochester, I think the road number was something like 3345.
 
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« Reply #255 on: Feb 7th, 2015, 6:31pm »
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Seems Amtrak has bought some new juice jacks since I last fanned.  
Here's AMTK 624 leading a southbound consist in Philly. AMTK 624 (ACS-64)


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« Reply #256 on: Feb 8th, 2015, 7:10am »
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Nice catch Charlie_O. I have as yet to see one out on the road.
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« Reply #257 on: Feb 8th, 2015, 7:15pm »
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Spring of 1974 saw a handful of observation cars on Amtrak's Empire Service.  Bringing up the rear of a westbound, passing through the yard in Rochester, I think the road number was something like 3345.
 
http://passcarphotos.info/Indices/AMTK4.htm

 
#3345 was a Tavern-Lounge-Observation, from Budd in 1947 for SAL. All the domes were in the 9000s (actually, lowest AMTRAK number for a dome was 9200, a 19948 Dome-Sleeper for the Chessie). Probably one of the Dome-parlor-obs from BN-Q or N$W (ex-Wabash) - 9300, 9301 or 9310.


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Lucky catch from the expressway as this 'toaster' left Philly's 30th Street Station.

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« Reply #259 on: Apr 5th, 2015, 12:09am »
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I have been hearing Amtrak was getting some new baggage cars. One showed up on train #66 out of Newport News on 3/31/15.
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