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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #20 on: Oct 11th, 2015, 11:02pm »
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Train #090 (headed up by an "Honorary Steam Locomotive" of the L&N!), indeed makes for a very dramatic-looking consist, as she leaves the towering skyline of the Windy City behind her (1971)........
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-trn90dcb.jpg
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #21 on: Oct 11th, 2015, 11:07pm »
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Another now-classic consist at Chicago in the early days of AMTRAK was that of the "CHIEF", seen here in 1972.
 
Note SEABOARD car at far left.......
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-trn020C-dca.jpg
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #22 on: Oct 11th, 2015, 11:50pm »
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Train #041, 1972.
 
Equipment on this train include cars of the PRR, UP, and GN.....
 
http://rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-trn041-dcm.jpg
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #23 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 12:13am »
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With its cars repainted in the new "AMTRAK" scheme, this train was snapped swinging off SF iron, and onto the ex-PRR at 21st. (1974).......
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-trn004-dca.jpg
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #24 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 12:26am »
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SP and UP "heritage" still proudly displaying their "home flags" (1972)........
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/up-S1504dca.jpg
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/up-S1504dcb.jpg
 
 
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #25 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 12:34am »
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This colorful 1972 yard scene vividly recalls AMTRAK's early "Rainbow Fleet" days........
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/pc-chiCY-dcc.jpg
 
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« Reply #26 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 10:50am »
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No surprise that most consists are made up of equipment from western roads. Those lines (UP and Santa Fe especially) kept the maintenance up. Here in the east the PC equipment was deplorable, but had to be kept in service. - busted toilets, heat, AC and scratched "plastic" windows made for a poor experience.

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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #27 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 11:00am »
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on Oct 12th, 2015, 10:50am, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
No surprise that most consists are made up of equipment from western roads. Those lines (UP and Santa Fe especially) kept the maintenance up. Here in the east the PC equipment was deplorable, but had to be kept in service. - busted toilets, heat, AC and scratched "plastic" windows made for a poor experience.

 
NEFAN:
 
Good observation.
 
I, myself, was noticing that cars from Western roads more than dominated these old photos, whereas cars from the East indeed seemed to be in the minority (if, in fact, seen at all)
 
I did see a few ex-PRR cars, but none from the NYC; remember, too, that SOUTHERN's stable of thoroughbreds remained independent of AMTRAK for several more years.
 
While some ex-C&O equipment can be seen, I could not detect any from the B&O.
 
You are correct about the PC equipment; most were truly in a raffish, decrepit, unkempt state, by the time AMTRAK took the helm in 1971.
 
Sadly, this also held true for ex-NH rolling stock.........
 
"L.F.L."


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #28 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 11:52am »
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A "Heritage" RDC at Chicago, 1974.
 
When one thinks about it, the RDC's were themselves "Heritage" cars.....
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-rd011dsa.jpg
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #29 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 11:56am »
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The "SOUTH WIND", seen here in a blaze of hazy glory, 1972......
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-trn90dca.jpg
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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A handsome GM&O "AA" lashup leading ex-UP equipment, 1971.....
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/gmo103dca.jpg
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #31 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 12:06pm »
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Recalling the CB&Q, 1971........
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/cbq9969dca.jpg
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #32 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 1:59pm »
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Train #049, 1971.......
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-trn49dcb.jpg
 
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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #33 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 3:35pm »
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In this 1972 photo, a handsome L&N diner-lounge graces the consist of Train #058.
 
The coach yards to the rear today would remind one of a very well-stocked rail museum (note the number of domes in the yard)......
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-trn058dcm.jpg
 
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on Oct 12th, 2015, 11:52am, L. F. LOREE 1403 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
A "Heritage" RDC at Chicago, 1974.
 
When one thinks about it, the RDC's were themselves "Heritage" cars.....
 
http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-rd011dsa.jpg
 
(courtesy: fallenflags.org)

 
I agree. Kind of rare outside of Connecticut and Mass. Amtrak was not very fond of them it seems. There was one set used on the Black hawk between Chicago and Dubuque in the 70's. This appears to be it.


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« Reply #35 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 7:04pm »
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on Oct 12th, 2015, 6:58pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
I agree. Kind of rare outside of Connecticut and Mass. Amtrak was not very fond of them it seems. There was one set used on the Black hawk between Chicago and Dubuque in the 70's. This appears to be it.

 
 
NEFAN:
 
I am guessing that this might have been an ex-NYC unit.
 
You are correct; I can recall reading somewhere awhile back that AMTRAK was not overly fond of RDC's; not that the latter-day SPV's were ever noted for reliable, trouble-free service.....
 
"L.F.L."


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« Reply #36 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 7:16pm »
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NEFAN: (a brief note while on the subject of RDC's)........
 
For a number of years, the NYC operated an RDC suburban service (Mon.-Fri.) between Detroit and Ann Arbor, which continued into the PC era.
 
This minor service operated with only one round trip each weekday.......
 
"L.F.L."


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« Reply #37 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 7:34pm »
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For comparison........circa-1963.......
 
An SF train is seen departing the ancient Deaborn St. Station; several years into the future, the train seen here would be being operated by AMTRAK (out of Union Station), and the echoing old depot and surrounding support facilities would become silent and deserted.
 
A Grand Era in Passenger Travel was then in its twilight.........
 
http://monon.monon.org/chicago/Santa-Fe-leavingDearborn.jpg
 
(courtesy: monon.org)
 


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L. F. LOREE 1403
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« Reply #38 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 7:44pm »
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Another timeless 1960's SF scene at Dearborn St. station.
 
Note the presence of still substantial head-end traffic in this photo; by the time AMTRAK took over most of the intercity passenger traffic in the country, this once-integral aspect of passenger railroading had all but evaporated......
 
http://monon.monon.org/chicago2/SantaFe-Dearborn.jpg
 
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« Reply #39 on: Oct 12th, 2015, 8:14pm »
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on Oct 12th, 2015, 7:34pm, L. F. LOREE 1403 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
For comparison........circa-1963.......
 
An SF train is seen departing the ancient Deaborn St. Station; several years into the future, the train seen here would be being operated by AMTRAK (out of Union Station), and the echoing old depot and surrounding support facilities would become silent and deserted.
 
A Grand Era in Passenger Travel was then in its twilight.........
 
http://monon.monon.org/chicago/Santa-Fe-leavingDearborn.jpg
 
(courtesy: monon.org)
 

 
Rode the Texas Chief into Dearborn in 1966. Still bustling then, though not what it once was. Parmalee Transfer cab to Union Station, to transfer baggage mainly and  make sure my reservations on The General (I think) were squared away (would have been, I think, smarter to have had my trip on to Baltimore via C&O/B&O, but...). Had plenty of time, of course since the Santa Fe had put me into town on time, so went out to the Museum of Science and Industry and spent the day there, returning in time to board my train for its late afternoon departure.


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