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Posted by: BNSF_1088 Posted on: Oct 20th, 2005, 10:32am
Please post any Amtrak train pictures you have here.
Posted by: BNSF_1088 Posted on: Oct 20th, 2005, 10:37am
Here is train 20 the Crescent in Meridian MS
Posted by: BNSF_1088 Posted on: Oct 20th, 2005, 10:42am
Here is train 20 in Meridian MS
Posted by: BNSF_1088 Posted on: Oct 20th, 2005, 10:46am
Here is train 19 following a NS freight train into the station.
Posted by: BNSF_1088 Posted on: Oct 20th, 2005, 3:28pm
Amtrak train 19 passing Toomsuba MS at a high rate of speed.
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Nov 8th, 2005, 5:07pm
A shutter speed of 1/180 wasn't fast enough to freeze this southbound AEM7AC as it blasted along the NEC thru Norwood PA.
-Charlie
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Nov 11th, 2005, 7:02pm
Tried a faster shutter speed this time... ...unfortunately the sun wasn't cooperating.
Posted by: DannyR Posted on: Nov 20th, 2005, 1:13am
Train #50, the eastbound Cardinal, is up to speed after completing its station stop in Charleston, WV on October 30, 2005.
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Nov 26th, 2005, 11:06pm
Keystone Service train 641 accelerating through Ardmore, PA; Nov 25, 2005
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Nov 26th, 2005, 11:07pm
Keystone Service train 646 coming into Ardmore, PA; Nov 25, 2005
Posted by: SR 6133 Posted on: Nov 27th, 2005, 10:46am


 
PO79 at North Collier, Va
 

PO80 at Carson, Va
 
Video of PO90 at Collier http://media.putfile.com/PO90
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Nov 28th, 2005, 12:43pm
Amtrak Holiday Extra 3143 at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia; Nov 27, 2005
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Nov 28th, 2005, 12:44pm
Amtrak Holiday Extra 3154 at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia; Nov 27, 2005
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Nov 28th, 2005, 12:45pm
Amtrak Holiday Extra 3095 at Frankford Junction, Philadelphia; Nov 27, 2005
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Nov 28th, 2005, 12:47pm
Acela Express motor 2009 with mismatched front panels; train 2207; Nov 27, 2005
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Nov 30th, 2005, 9:27pm
Motive Power Industries MP15 (Amtrak GP15D) 579 rescuing AEM7 951 and Keystone Service train 643; Frankford Junction, Philadelphia; Nov 27, 2005
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2005, 3:26pm
A couple from the NEC speedway...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2005, 3:27pm
NB at Norwood PA
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2005, 3:28pm
SB, same location...
Posted by: IrishChieftain Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2005, 9:14pm
Looking at Norwood's low platform with the Acela passing by.  Still makes me shake my head that the AE was not designed to be able to board or detrain at such a platform, when everything else of theirs that's single-level is so designed...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 4th, 2005, 6:32pm
A few more shots from the NEC...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 4th, 2005, 6:33pm
An AEM7 doubleheader...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 4th, 2005, 6:34pm
Seems like all the "Toasters" have received their gray-n-blue scheme...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 4th, 2005, 6:35pm
Tho the baggage car behind this oner is vintage Amtrak...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 4th, 2005, 6:36pm
A freak sighting, a single Genesis unit with a refrigerated boxcar on the Corridor.  Keepin' those beers cold I s'pose.
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 4th, 2005, 6:37pm
And finally... a speeding bullet...
Posted by: Mr._Ed Posted on: Dec 8th, 2005, 1:55pm
Interesting how MARC is using the same engines as Amtrak Acela. And when did NJ Transit become part of Amtrak?
 
Later!
Mr. Ed  
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 8th, 2005, 4:56pm
on Dec 8th, 2005, 1:55pm, Mr._Ed wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Interesting how MARC is using the same engines as Amtrak Acela. And when did NJ Transit become part of Amtrak?
 
Later!
Mr. Ed  

 
MARC and Amtrak do both use HHP8 motors.  "Acela," however, is a brand that applies only to the Amtrak trainsets.  
 
As for the NJT equipment...tho just borrowed to meet high demand on Thanksgiving weekend, it does get an Amtrak train symbol when in use as an extra.
Posted by: IrishChieftain Posted on: Dec 8th, 2005, 6:18pm
The HHP-8s originally had "Acela" decals IIRC; these got replaced even before "Acela Regional" became "Regional" and the stillborn Acela Commuter (remember that one?) remained the Clockers until the recent transfer into NJT hands.
 
Rumors still abound that Amtrak's decision-makers continue to have the ALP-46 under consideration, possibly even to replace the HHP-8...they were and are impressed by the performance of that loco when pulling Amtrak Clockers (some of those having 14 cars)...
Posted by: PW_bullet_train Posted on: Dec 8th, 2005, 7:01pm
I like the ALP's because of their interior layout.  You have a central isle with electrical equipment on both sides.  They have great pulling power, too.  The Bananas are a good performing locomotive, but they tend to hunt, and they have too much torque for lighter trains.  Their wheelslip control takes effect when they are accelerating even on dry rail, making for a lot of back-and-forth motion for the passengers in the coaches, unless you notch out very gradually.
 
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Dec 19th, 2005, 9:50am
Here is a picture of Amtrak's Silver Meoter
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: Jan 4th, 2006, 12:06pm
Tie train on June 18th, 2005 along the Keystone Corridor. Note the power!
Posted by: George_Harris Posted on: Jan 6th, 2006, 3:02am
Tie Train?
 
Looks more like the welded rail train.  Are there cars of ties behind the CWR?
 
George
Posted by: BNSF_1088 Posted on: Feb 19th, 2006, 9:28am
Amtrak train #1 on 2-15-2006 at Lafayette LA.
 
http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=2/4610274059.jpg&s=x7
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 7:34am
baggage cart at Winter Haven, FL
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 8:25am
southbound Silver Star, train 1191 at Richmond, VA; March 7, 2006
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 8:31am
B32-8WH #513; Jacksonville, FL; March 8, 2006
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 8:33am
southbound Silver Star train 1191 at Orlando; March 8, 2006
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 8:34am
southbound Silver Star train 1191 at Winter Haven, FL; March 8, 2006
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Mar 20th, 2006, 12:11pm
Well, baggage carts don't seem to have changed in the past hundred years or so, whatever alterations have occurred in motive power and cars...
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Apr 7th, 2006, 8:52am
Acela Express 2150 at Stamford, CT; April 3, 2006
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Apr 7th, 2006, 8:53am
Acela Express train 2150 at Boston South; April 3, 2006
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Apr 7th, 2006, 8:55am
Baggage cart at Boston South; April 3, 2006
Also P42DC 109 on train 447
Posted by: O_H_S Posted on: Apr 13th, 2006, 3:42pm
on Dec 4th, 2005, 6:35pm, Charlie_O wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Tho the baggage car behind this oner is vintage Amtrak...

My guess is that train is the Palmetto which i rode a few days ago with my dad to go visit my uncle who lives in Charleston, SC. The ride was a little long for me.
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Apr 14th, 2006, 3:33pm
How does a train ride get "A little long?".....
Posted by: O_H_S Posted on: Apr 15th, 2006, 11:27am
on Apr 14th, 2006, 3:33pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)
How does a train ride get "A little long?".....

The rides full of delays up to Washington DC. Fraght trains are the biggest delay. Also on the way down outside Freadrickburg they were inspecting a bridge thet a car hit . You Should have seen it, rescue vehcals and news reporters were all around the bridge.
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Apr 17th, 2006, 2:50pm
So they didn't keep to time - taht's not the way it is supposed to be, but rememeber - you are on a TRAIN. Could be stooging around in the clouds waiting for landing clearance...
Posted by: electro_soundwave Posted on: May 7th, 2006, 12:20pm

 
 
more
Posted by: 30 Posted on: May 10th, 2006, 9:06pm
Crossing a bridge just outside of Cumberland MD
Posted by: 30 Posted on: May 10th, 2006, 9:08pm
Passing through Cumberland, MD
Posted by: palumbo27 Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2006, 2:19pm
Amtrak Auto Train just as the sun is setting in Folkston,GA.
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2006, 4:09pm
Taht shot of the AutoTrain at sunset is a real beauty.
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2006, 4:26pm
Princeton Junction, NJ; May 26, 2006
Keystone Service train 646
Acela Express train 2153
train 43 Pennsylvanian
Posted by: MAW66 Posted on: Jun 23rd, 2006, 12:52am
Train #4, the eastbound Southwest Chief, arriving in Topeka, KS May 13, 2006... and arriving over 13hrs late...
Posted by: MAW66 Posted on: Jun 23rd, 2006, 1:02am
Train #3, the westbound Southwest Chief, in Topeka, KS, June 17, 2006.
Posted by: electro_soundwave Posted on: Aug 19th, 2006, 6:51am
A very late Cresent makes it's way past South Greenville Interlocking on it's way to Atlanta yesterday morning.  
 
 
Greenville, South Carolina
Posted by: Teen_NS_fan Posted on: Sep 10th, 2006, 9:56pm
An on-time Train 79, the Carolinian at Charlotte, North Carolina.
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Oct 8th, 2006, 4:03pm
Amtrak 936 blasts thru Norwood PA along the NEC.
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Oct 9th, 2006, 8:42pm
A few of this evening's catches along the NEC...
 
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Oct 9th, 2006, 8:42pm
Doubleheader...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Oct 9th, 2006, 8:44pm
Blue banana with mixed Amfleet, doubledecker  consist...
Posted by: NYC_Subway_Fan Posted on: Oct 10th, 2006, 12:40pm
on Oct 9th, 2006, 8:44pm, Charlie_O wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Blue banana with mixed Amfleet, doubledecker  consist...

 
Those aren't double deckers, they are Viewliner sleepers with the extra row of windows for the upper bunks.
 
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Oct 10th, 2006, 10:01pm
on Oct 10th, 2006, 12:40pm, NYC_Subway_Fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Those aren't double deckers, they are Viewliner sleepers with the extra row of windows for the upper bunks.
 

 
 
Thanks for the correction, Alan.  I really should stick to freight.  
-Charlie
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Oct 17th, 2006, 10:28am
Cab car 9636 leading Keystone train 644 out of Harrisburg on Oct 14, 2006
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Oct 17th, 2006, 10:31am
Race Street Engine Facility, Philadelphia; Oct 15, 2006
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Oct 28th, 2006, 10:24pm
Amtrak and MARC armadillos at Wasgington on Oct 28.
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Oct 28th, 2006, 10:26pm
dented #197
http://chuchubob.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=315365
Posted by: ranger101 Posted on: Nov 3rd, 2006, 10:08am
Hello everyone,
     I recently have changed favorite photo spots on the NS Pittsburgh Division.  This morning I caught the eastbound Amtrak leaving Greensburg, Pa.  The lead unit was Amtrak 135.  By the looks of it, she has had a nasty bump of some kind on the nose.  I looked up other pictures of her and she has lead the Southwest Chief on occasion.  Does anyone know if she was bumped recenty?
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 4:49pm
Remember when the Metroliners ruled the Harrisburg line?  Well, they still do, albeit in depowered form (as shown earlier).  Here are some photos from about 25 years ago when the "Lead Sleds" rocketed back and forth from Philly to Harrisburg.  Approaching 30th St. Upper Level.  At this time, Harrisburg trains originated at Suburban Station.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 4:50pm
View over engineer's shoulder, leaving 30th St., MU 882.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 4:53pm
Going past the then-under construction I-476 in Radnor.  Honestly, I tried to resize the photos, but the photo page didn't work.  My photo didn't come up at all.
 
Oh, well, I tried.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 4:58pm
Passing over my favorite railroad, the P&W.  Unfortunately, no trains this time.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:01pm
View from Coatesville Viaduct.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:04pm
Amish farm, just west of the Irishtown Rd. highway grade crossing.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:13pm
Metroliner does station work at Lancaster.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:17pm
Leaving Lancaster, westbound.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:19pm
On the way to Harrisburg.  I never cared much for the "Capitoliner" name.  Sorry for the blurriness.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:21pm
Eastbound arriving in Lancaster.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:30pm
Night shot of train leaving upper level 30th St. Station.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:41pm
Some shots of Metroliners in Harrisburg.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:49pm
Mobile billboards "talking to each other."  The train facing the camera will be the next day's eastbound "Valley Forge," which was the only Harrisburg train to carry a working cafe.  Now there are none.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 5:55pm
Standing ready for thier next assignment.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 6:01pm
The station is full of Metroliners!!!  At one time, there was a lot of talk of single-tracking and permenantly de-electrifying the line.  But now there are more round trips than there were in many years, and electric power has returned to the Keystone line.  As I mentioned before, the Mets are still there, but are now in depowered form.  Thank you, Mr. Rendell for all the $$$$ for new track and ties and for the refurbishment of additional locomotives and cab cars for this service.  May your legacy live on!!
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 6:06pm
Around the same time, I took a trip to Newark, NJ to photograph the PCC cars on the Newark City Subway.  I took a Metroliner up to Newark which was representing a Clocker.  First up on track 4 is this Harrisburg train at the upper level 30th St. Station.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 6:08pm
And now the Clocker arrives on Track 3.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 6:11pm
Track 1 at Newark.  The track to the left is Track A.
Posted by: P+W_bullet_train Posted on: Nov 5th, 2006, 6:14pm
Last one.  "Next and final stop, New York Penn Station!!"  Hope you enjoyed.  This story will be continued on the "PCC-America's Streetcar" thread.  Honestly, when I tried to resize these photos, after I clicked "upload photo," the photo did not come up; just a small multi-colored square.  Is it the software or my computer?  Honest, I tried.
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2006, 11:16am
While awaiting the passage of the Liberty Ltd, I caught this HHP8 leading a southbound along the NEC at Norwood PA....
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Dec 3rd, 2006, 11:19am
on Nov 5th, 2006, 6:06pm, P+W_bullet_train wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Around the same time, I took a trip to Newark, NJ to photograph the PCC cars on the Newark City Subway.  I took a Metroliner up to Newark which was representing a Clocker.  First up on track 4 is this Harrisburg train at the upper level 30th St. Station.

 
 
This shot not only showcases the Metroliner, but also (at right) the train announcement boards.  Before electronic screeens, a RR worker had to come out with a long pole with a hook on the end and pull the appropriate train board down from the metal hood above.  Wish one of those would pop up on eBay ...
-Charlie
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Dec 7th, 2006, 2:00pm
Hey Charlie,
 
That was Regional train #155.  I saw it at Grays Ferry Ave in Philly.
 
bob
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Dec 7th, 2006, 2:07pm
Silver Star at Frankford Junction Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Posted by: mst145 Posted on: Jan 7th, 2007, 12:01pm
I caught this yesterday in Duncannon, PA.
 
Norfolk Southern helping Amtrak out.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=170834
 
M.T.
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 9:22pm
The following are some pictures of a 2004 refurbished Superliner.  This is the interior of the car I was in, looking down the roomette aisle.
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 9:24pm
Deluxe Room aisle...
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 9:25pm
Deluxe Room bathroom from the outside...
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 9:26pm
And Inside...
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 9:28pm
Family Room - Left
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 9:28pm
Family Room - Right
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Feb 24th, 2007, 9:29pm
Sleeper Shower
Posted by: jmlaboda Posted on: Feb 25th, 2007, 5:11am
"This is the interior of the car I was in, looking down the roomette aisle. "
 
I believe these car called "Economy" rooms.  Roomettes were for single passenger travel, the "Economy" rooms are suitable for single or double occupacy.
 
Posted by: NYC_Subway_Fan Posted on: Feb 25th, 2007, 11:13am
on Feb 25th, 2007, 5:11am, jmlaboda wrote:       (Click here for original message)
"This is the interior of the car I was in, looking down the roomette aisle. "
 
I believe these car called "Economy" rooms.  Roomettes were for single passenger travel, the "Economy" rooms are suitable for single or double occupacy.

 
No, Amtrak changed the various names of the rooms about three years ago now, IIRC.  The smaller room on the current Amtrak equipment, once called Standard, is now the Roomette.  What used to be called a Deluxe Bedroom, is now known simply as a Bedroom.
Posted by: jmlaboda Posted on: Feb 25th, 2007, 5:24pm
I didn't know this... just goes to show you how long its been since I've seen an Amtrak timetable...
Posted by: VentureForth Posted on: Feb 26th, 2007, 4:19pm
on Feb 25th, 2007, 5:24pm, jmlaboda wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I didn't know this... just goes to show you how long its been since I've seen an Amtrak timetable...

But I don't think there have ever been sleeper accomodations on Superliner trainsets that were only suitable for one passenger...  Even though the nomenclature has changed (way to really muck things up for frequent users), the layout hasn't - so far as I know.  I could totally be wrong.  But I think that there have always been a mininum capacity of two persons in all Amtrak sleepers - at least the Superliners.
 
And you bring up an interesting point.  Today, ALL sleeper passengers are first class passsengers.  Has there been a time in Amtraks history (perhaps in the Technicolor days) that there were different 'classes' of sleeper passengers?
Posted by: NYC_Subway_Fan Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2007, 2:48pm
on Feb 26th, 2007, 4:19pm, VentureForth wrote:       (Click here for original message)

But I don't think there have ever been sleeper accomodations on Superliner trainsets that were only suitable for one passenger...  Even though the nomenclature has changed (way to really muck things up for frequent users), the layout hasn't - so far as I know.  I could totally be wrong.  But I think that there have always been a mininum capacity of two persons in all Amtrak sleepers - at least the Superliners.

 
Correct, the Superliner's have always had the same layout and rooms that accomodate two.  In fact the only variation of a Superliner sleeper was the 6 Deluxe Sleepers that were purchased for use on the Auto Train.  Instead of roomettes/standard rooms on the upper level, they have 10 bedrooms/deluxe bedrooms on the upper level.  Normal is 5 Deluxe bedrooms on the upper level.
 
Palm Beach (32501) was badly damaged in the Auto Train derailment 5 years ago and is still out of service.  Last I heard it was only being held for insurance purposes and once released from that, it will most likely be scrapped.
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2007, 8:57am
This picture  to me is one of my favorite picture that I have taken.
I don't know the number of this train. It is passing under the 4th St,
bridge at the SEPTA Darby Station
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Mar 23rd, 2007, 9:11am
I have been coming to Darby Station know for over 50 years to watch
trains. Back in the 60s you saw all kinds of train rolling down the four  
track main line. Today just passenger trains. Here is a picture of  
Acela passing the station. For Acela next stop is Wilmington, De.
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: Mar 29th, 2007, 1:57pm
Here is a picture of my favorite Amtrak train. The Crescent passing under
The CSX tracks in SW Philly near the old Brill Tower.
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 7:12pm
HHP-8 651 sitting in front of 30th Street Station in Philly on May 19th. For those MSTS'ers, this is the same HHP-8 as the default one.
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 7:15pm
The following day, an Acela Express zip across the Skyukill River as viewed from my car. Although it's off center, it made for an interesting photo in the setting sun.
Posted by: Miketherailfan Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 7:17pm
Some ExpressTrak boxcars/reefers stored in Harrisburg on May 20.
Posted by: silver_champion Posted on: May 28th, 2007, 7:47pm
Here is a picture of Acela passing the old Brill Tower in S.W. Philly.  
If you look in the window you can see me taking the picture
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: May 31st, 2007, 2:54pm
While riding on board the Western Maryland Scenic Line, the Eastbound Capitol Limited came by. This was taken on May 6, at "The Narrows".
 
Not the best picture, but at least it's there
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: May 31st, 2007, 11:06pm
Empire Service train 283 crossing Spuyten Duyvil swing bridge over Harlem river on May 29, 2007
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: May 31st, 2007, 11:08pm
Train 69 Adirondak crossing Spuyten Duyvil swing bridge over Harlem River May 29, 2007
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Sep 9th, 2007, 4:10pm
Adirondak
Aug 4, 2007
Posted by: SRC#90_KB3PQD Posted on: Sep 9th, 2007, 7:14pm
Here's one I took on the SRC
 

KB3PQD signing out
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Sep 9th, 2007, 10:37pm
Really need to figure out how to get back East and ride the Adirondack when the leaves turn. Pity I can't afford to charter a dome for the trip...
Posted by: NSrailfan929 Posted on: Sep 9th, 2007, 11:52pm
hmmm wonder what chartering something like that would cost... or is that not even possible in less your one of the higher ups or more important type of person so to speak.
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Sep 10th, 2007, 2:22pm
There are a number of private cars, including a number of domes, available for charter. All it takes is money. Typical rates seem to be roughly $3-5,000 per day if memory of the last time I looked at some of the rates serves..
Posted by: NSrailfan929 Posted on: Sep 10th, 2007, 6:31pm
Hmm that seems like something neat to save up for an do some day
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Sep 10th, 2007, 7:09pm
I'm gonna ahve to hope for a (big) hit in the Texas Lottery, I think. Saw a sign saying $14.5 million, lump-sum for the Wednesday drawing. Think I ought to buy a ticket, just in case? I think I'd have enough left after taxes to buy at least one nice trip....
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Sep 21st, 2007, 6:30pm
Took the family for a quick trip to the Philly Zoo today, which included a 10-minute balloon ride.  Was lucky enough to see 2 Amtrak trains cross the Schuylkill Bridge in that time.
 
First, a northbound, led by HHP8 652.
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Sep 21st, 2007, 6:32pm
And then a southbound led by AEM7 928...
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 14th, 2007, 2:34pm
The Eastbound Capitol Limited rushes through Gaithersburg at track speed
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 14th, 2007, 2:35pm
...
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Oct 14th, 2007, 2:36pm
...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Oct 30th, 2007, 10:28pm
Consolation prize...
 
Well, today I decided to take my daughter to visit my mom at the nursing home. I usually take a camera everywhere I go.  But today I "knew" I wasn't going to see any trains so, I figured, why bother.  Afterall, the baby's enough of a handful.
 
So I pull into the nursing home parking lot, which is directly adjacent to the tracks of the former PRR/Septa West Chester branch, but well beyond the point where Septa service ends.  Imagine my surprise as I'm getting te baby out of her carseat and over my shoulder hear the clear blast of a diesel airhorn!  Into my view, and in perfect sun, comes Septa switcher 51 coupled to...are you ready...the West Chester RR's Alco 4230, now in PRR scheme. Yep. And no camer anywhere.  So we made the best of it, and the baby and I waved to the crews of both engines, who obligingly waved back.  (edited to add: Fortunately, chuchubob got photos!)
 
So this afternoon, I went out to Media in hopes of seeing the WCRR unit parked there, perhaps awaiting night service on the wire train or trak-cleaning "leaf train". No such luck.
 
My consolation prize: a visit to the NEC, where a 40-minute wait produced a single train.  
 
So here it is.  
 
It ain't no Alco but...
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Oct 31st, 2007, 11:37am
Here's the Alco, crossing Darby Creek.
 
Bob
Posted by: chuchubob Posted on: Oct 31st, 2007, 11:40am
And here's SEPTA SW1200 #51 pulling West Chester RR Alco C420 #4230
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Jan 16th, 2008, 6:11pm
from the Cira Centre parking garage today.....
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Jan 16th, 2008, 6:12pm
another from the Cira...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Jan 16th, 2008, 11:05pm
one more...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Feb 2nd, 2008, 9:33pm
The race is on (I'm betting on the train).
From I-95 earlier today.  Not the best shot but there's something in there that I like.
-Charlie
Posted by: Pyronova Posted on: Apr 18th, 2008, 2:34am
Amtrak 130 and Amtrak California 2004 awaiting clear signals west at Sacramento, California.
Posted by: VaPennsyFan Posted on: Jun 12th, 2008, 12:15am
Amtrak at the Williamsburg, VA station.
Posted by: VaPennsyFan Posted on: Jun 12th, 2008, 12:17am
Pulling out on the way to Richmond . . .
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jul 28th, 2008, 12:45am
Amtrak Eastbound #6 at Colfax California on Friday 7/25/2008.
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jul 29th, 2008, 8:12pm
# 6 gets out of Roseville California on time today and makes a little smoke.
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Aug 20th, 2008, 9:36pm
you know, looking at the Genesis units, I think they need a new paint job. Gloss Pullman Green (or for that matter - Pennsy Brunswick Green) with gold cat whiskers and Railroad Roman lettering, like one of the old C&NW streamlined Hudson's or a GG-1...
Posted by: VaPennsyFan Posted on: Aug 21st, 2008, 11:35am
on Aug 20th, 2008, 9:36pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)
you know, looking at the Genesis units, I think they need a new paint job. Gloss Pullman Green (or for that matter - Pennsy Brunswick Green) with gold cat whiskers and Railroad Roman lettering, like one of the old C&NW streamlined Hudson's or a GG-1...

 
Nah,  what they need is either Tuscan red with the whiskers, or Daylight colors . . .
 
Jon
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Aug 21st, 2008, 12:43pm
I think the more somber colors would look a bit more elegant. But Daylight colors wouldn't be bad.
 
Or the sort of job the Santa Fe did on Amos and Andy (1 and 1A) for the introductory heavy-weight Super Chief...
Posted by: VaPennsyFan Posted on: Aug 21st, 2008, 7:37pm
How about the Hiawatha scheme from the F7 Hudsons?
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Aug 22nd, 2008, 3:14pm
Maybe, but I don't think it would work that well on the Genesis units.
Posted by: faxman Posted on: Aug 22nd, 2008, 7:46pm
how about a new amfleet 111 with pans taken in Metuchen NJ
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Aug 27th, 2008, 7:35pm
Amtrak Train #86 makes its stop in Fredericksburg, VA. at 9:10 on Aug. 26, 2008. They are already 15 minutes late after 55 miles.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Oct 9th, 2008, 8:59pm
Found myself along the Keystone Corridor at Narberth this afternoon at rush hour, so decided to grab a few pix.
Westbound cabcar leading...not sure why Amtrak was on the outer tracks today.
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Oct 9th, 2008, 9:01pm
Eastbound with loco trailing...
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Nov 21st, 2008, 9:11pm
Eastbound #6 in Colfax California today with fall colors.
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2008, 8:40pm
Smoking a little, it appears. Good shot.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2008, 9:12pm
on Nov 22nd, 2008, 8:40pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Smoking a little, it appears. Good shot.

 
Thanks.  The day was vey nice.  
The units smoking are working upgrade at this point and will stop for passengers at the station just ahead.  
 
 
An hour or so later, westbound # 5 showed up from the east on the same day at Colfax California.    
 
 
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Nov 23rd, 2008, 6:28pm
We were through there in mid-October 2005 on that train - great trip.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Dec 17th, 2008, 4:55pm
on Nov 23rd, 2008, 6:28pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)
We were through there in mid-October 2005 on that train - great trip.

 
This shot was taken today and you can see the view is different since it snowed on Monday morning.   The view on the hill is really great this time of year when the sun is out like today.  
Enjoy
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Dec 17th, 2008, 4:57pm
This is #6 eastbound into Colfax today.  The sun has moved until it is hard to get the shot I wanted this time of year, but the snow was great.
Posted by: joneau261 Posted on: Jan 27th, 2009, 9:03pm
After being held up by both CSX and MARC, the Westbound Capitol Limited finally heads on its way out of Gaithersburg
Posted by: Penn Rail Videos Posted on: Mar 11th, 2009, 11:32pm
Here's a few pictures I got while I was down in Kissimmee (Ka-simmee), Florida during my visit last week. This is the old Atlantic Coast Line's mainline to Miami. It is now CSX's "A-Line". The station is of a 'clapboard' style... very simple. Though simple, it's a nice lookin' station.
Posted by: Penn Rail Videos Posted on: Mar 11th, 2009, 11:33pm
A water fountain added to the ambience.
Posted by: Penn Rail Videos Posted on: Mar 11th, 2009, 11:35pm
The 3rd train of the afternoon (I missed the first two), Train #92 the Silver Star, arrived at 3:15PM. Due to track work on the A-Line, the train was delayed. However, this was to my advantage, as you can see.
Posted by: Penn Rail Videos Posted on: Mar 11th, 2009, 11:37pm
I found this to be interesting, as this would be the next (and last) scheduled for the day. It was due around 6:30PM. Would be nice to have a Seaboard trainset pull into the station, wouldn't it?
Posted by: Penn Rail Videos Posted on: Mar 11th, 2009, 11:40pm
This was sitting on the siding.
Posted by: Penn Rail Videos Posted on: Mar 11th, 2009, 11:43pm
After a nice late lunch in town (I forget the name of the place, or else I'd recommend it), I headed back to catch the last train of the evening pull in. Just in time, as the light was just fading away.  
 
Hope you enjoyed my photos... not to often I see Amtrak trains so it was a nice change of pace.
- Adam C.
Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2009, 10:59pm
Okies, my turn.  These pics were all taken on the sunny afternoon on June 1st, 2009.
 
Irishtown Road crossing.
Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2009, 11:01pm
A few minutes later, this Westbounder rolled through.  Even I'm surprised at the clarity of this picture; that cab car's going close to triple digit speeds.
Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: Jun 2nd, 2009, 11:04pm
I caught this Eastbounder at the bridge over Route 340 in Bird-in-Hand.  The bridge was built in 1928.  The engineer also tooted four times, kudos to them!
 
Enjoy.
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Jun 16th, 2009, 11:43pm
Here is P066-11 Westbound 6/11/09 @4:25PM leaving Newport News, VA
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Aug 27th, 2009, 7:27pm
Auto Train Station in Lorton, VA.
 
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Aug 27th, 2009, 7:28pm
Lorton Platform View One.
 
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Aug 27th, 2009, 7:29pm
Lorton Platform View Two.
 
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Aug 27th, 2009, 7:29pm
VRE/Amtrak Meet.
 
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Aug 27th, 2009, 7:31pm
Last One. Sanford, FL Platform currently under re-construction along with the station.
 
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Sep 2nd, 2009, 5:47pm

# 5 yesterday westside of Roseville, Ca.  
 

Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Nov 29th, 2009, 7:11pm
I usually spend Turkey Sunday trackside, watching the Amtrak traffic and hoping for some borrowed NJT or Marc equipment. This year, my daughter came with me, but was more interested in the trackside playground. So while I did see 2 AEM-7's, 2 Acela train sets, 2 Septa locals, a string of NJT m.u.'s, and an Amtrak HHP-8...I only got one photo.  
 
No worries, tho. Being Daddy to my baby girl makes it all ok.
Posted by: ITC1605 Posted on: Jan 16th, 2010, 12:18am
Do videos count?
 
Here are some of mine:
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlJHNpCVJxk
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUU7SXZa-Fw
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUsNfTqOrSw
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc8IDX_ktzk
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F9XKfqUiWo
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwPB4szfq_4
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDvoPGCIweE
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUfjLdqxiow
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 24th, 2010, 11:51am
on Jan 16th, 2010, 12:18am, ITC1605 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Do videos count?
 
Here are some of mine:
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlJHNpCVJxk
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUU7SXZa-Fw
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUsNfTqOrSw
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc8IDX_ktzk
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6F9XKfqUiWo
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwPB4szfq_4
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDvoPGCIweE
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUfjLdqxiow

 
 
Yes video's count.  
 
Thanks
 
CZ
 
Amtrak # 6 in the rain at Goldrun California recently.
 

Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: May 22nd, 2010, 9:48pm
My travels took me to Randall's Island, New York City, today. Nice view of the Hell Gate.
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: May 22nd, 2010, 9:49pm
Another from the Hell Gate...
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: May 23rd, 2010, 9:06pm
Nice shots there Charlie_O. Good to see your post, been a while eh.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: May 26th, 2010, 8:01pm
Hey Mike. Yeh, I haven't had time to get trackside recently. Resigned my RF.net mod duties as well. Just by luck was at Randall's Island on Saturday.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Sep 2nd, 2010, 10:32am

Amtrak # 5 at Emigrant Gap Ca on a summer day.  
 
 
 

Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Dec 18th, 2010, 8:15pm
Amtrak #120 leads train #194 through the first curve on its route from Newport News VA on a cold gray winter morning. The sun is trying to cut through the clouds and provide a little warmth, but it won't succeed. 0906Hrs, 12/18/10.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Dec 31st, 2010, 11:18pm
Last one for the year for me. Amtrak Train #66 is still working on getting up to track speed as he passes CSX Train U152-27 stopped at Oriana. The sun set is reflected in the windows of #7879. Not much light left at 1713Hrs on 12/31/10 and not much of the first decade of this century left either.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Jan 1st, 2011, 3:07pm
on Dec 31st, 2010, 11:18pm, CHESSIEMIKE wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Last one for the year for me. Amtrak Train #66 is still working on getting up to track speed as he passes CSX Train U152-27 stopped at Oriana. The sun set is reflected in the windows of #7879. Not much light left at 1713Hrs on 12/31/10 and not much of the first decade of this century left either.
CHESSIEMIKE

 
 
Oh - I dunno about that. Seems like we are (as of 1/1/2011)  looking at 365 days (if you count today; 364 othrwise)  left in the first decade of the 21st century - since it didn't start until 1/1/01....
 
Good picture - that sunset reflecting off the freight hauler (especially the cab number) is striking.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Feb 10th, 2011, 2:13pm

Amtrak # 5 yesterday, 2/9/2011 had one of the ex-SP units on the lead westbound thru Rocklin Ca just about sundown.  
 
 
Posted by: rembrandt Posted on: Feb 12th, 2011, 6:17pm
Post 2, picture 2.
Point Pinole, CA
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Feb 12th, 2011, 10:43pm
I guess i was spoiled by Es and PAs (and even A-B-B-A sets of Fs), but I am just not much turned on by the F59s. Maybe if they had a Warbonnet?
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Mar 20th, 2011, 5:50pm
Probably the wrong place to post these but chanced upon a short Amtrak ballast train near Zoo Tower in Philly.
 
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Mar 20th, 2011, 5:51pm
Shot a couple over the fence...
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Mar 20th, 2011, 5:56pm
Doing the honors:
AMTK 724 (GP38, built 1970)
AMTK 524 (GP40TC)
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Mar 24th, 2011, 6:47am
on Mar 20th, 2011, 5:50pm, Charlie_O wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Probably the wrong place to post these but chanced upon a short Amtrak ballast train near Zoo Tower in Philly.
Works for me Charlie_O. I don't see those very often.
CHESSIEMIKE
 
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Apr 1st, 2011, 12:41am
The Sunset Limited westbound through Beaumont
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Apr 1st, 2011, 12:43am
...with a very pleasant surprise on the end      
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Apr 1st, 2011, 6:49am
Good catch on the DOT cars. Looking at your first photo I was curious as to the PV at the end of the train and you answered that question.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Apr 3rd, 2011, 12:38am
Thank you, sir. I have rather enjoyed your east coast shots in the CSX and NS threads as well. This happened to be the only westbound Sunset Limited I ever saw, all the others were eastbound in the early a.m. hours.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 11th, 2011, 10:48am
Amtrak # 5 at Rocklin California with the 156 leading.   # 6 was very late so # 5 had to hold in Rocklin for a meet and the crew got down and pointed out the 156 as # 6 arrived.  
 
 
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Jun 4th, 2011, 9:55pm
#77 on train #66. We are at "Toppings" near Williamsburg, VA getting ready to hit the brakes for the station stop. Something strikes me about double digits.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Oct 16th, 2011, 6:41am
Amtrak #23 leads train #30, the eastbound Capitol Limited, into Harpers Ferry, WV. He is a little off his 10:55 arrival time.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Oct 17th, 2011, 6:56am
Pullman car Dover Harbor brings up the markers on Amtrak train #66 as it slides through Newport News yard on its way to the station. They will take the Main at CA 14.5 and back into the station. 10/16/11 at 1621Hrs.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Oct 17th, 2011, 3:59pm
Handsome car, Dover Harbor - if i had a LOT of money (appears to average $7400 first day, and $3-4K per additional day...) probably charter it to see Glacier, Grand Canyon again and parts between.
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Oct 18th, 2011, 10:44pm
on Oct 17th, 2011, 3:59pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Handsome car, Dover Harbor - if i had a LOT of money (appears to average $7400 first day, and $3-4K per additional day...) probably charter it to see Glacier, Grand Canyon again and parts between.
Don't forget to put me on your guest list.  
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Oct 19th, 2011, 6:33pm
on Oct 18th, 2011, 10:44pm, CHESSIEMIKE wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Don't forget to put me on your guest list.  
CHESSIEMIKE

 
If I hit the Texas Lottery for big bucks (and that's what it would take) I suspect i'd be putting together a railfan and family special with multtiple cars -  and offering space to a lot of folks I know from the Boards. I guess i'd better buy a ticket, since i hear you can't win without one....
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Dec 17th, 2011, 10:48am
Amtrak #40 leads Train #66 west on 12/16/11. The engineer responds to the Conductors "Ready to depart Williamsburg" by accelerating away from the station.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Mar 31st, 2012, 9:26pm
According to the current Amtrak Timetable, this should be Acela Express Train Number 2160 northbound through Rahway, NJ on 3/20/12 at 1217Hrs.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Apr 18th, 2012, 5:50pm

184 and 66 on the Fun Train westbound at Newcastle CA. returning from Reno back to Emeryville.  
 
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Aug 19th, 2012, 6:53am
By the Amtrak Timetable, this should be Acela Express Train #2104. This bridge spans the Raritan River at New Brunswick, NJ. Photo taken on 8/16/12 at 1011Hrs.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Aug 25th, 2012, 11:58pm
P32-8BH #512 was on Train #99 into Newport News, VA tonight. I think there are only 18 of these left on the roster.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: NYC_Subway_Fan Posted on: Aug 26th, 2012, 11:23am
There are 17 left on the active roster.  Not sure if there are any in mothballs or wreck status.
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Sep 1st, 2012, 6:40am
Well, #512 has returned to the Peninsula Sub. Here it is on Train #67 at CA 23 1150Hrs on 8/31/12
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Sep 1st, 2012, 7:08am
And of course later in the day it went west on Train #66. Same location as previous at 1703Hrs on 8/31/12
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Nov 4th, 2012, 3:04pm
Here we have Amtrak #120 on train 02E-03 eastbound at West End Portlock. What, you say you can't find an 02E in the timetable and Portlock is not listed on an Amtrak route map? Simple answer, this is a qualifying run for the new service to Norfolk, VA. Photo taken on 11/3/12 at 1100Hrs.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Nov 29th, 2012, 7:56pm
Amtrak train #66 still leaves Newport News at 1645Hrs, but this time of year that is close to sunset. So here he is with #200, blasting off under the old C&O signals that guard the entrance to Newport News Yard. 11/29/12.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 23rd, 2013, 5:27pm
on Nov 29th, 2012, 7:56pm, CHESSIEMIKE wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Amtrak train #66 still leaves Newport News at 1645Hrs, but this time of year that is close to sunset. So here he is with #200, blasting off under the old C&O signals that guard the entrance to Newport News Yard. 11/29/12.
CHESSIEMIKE

 
Nice catch on the sunset with the signals.  
I caught that unit #200 recently in Calfornia.  
CZ
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 24th, 2013, 10:20pm
The first of the new Siemens Electric units went East today on #6 on it way to Colorado for the testing procedures.  
CZ
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: May 25th, 2013, 6:40am
Good catch. I need to get out to the Northeast Corridor before all the old units are gone.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 25th, 2013, 9:09am
on May 25th, 2013, 6:40am, CHESSIEMIKE wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Good catch. I need to get out to the Northeast Corridor before all the old units are gone.
CHESSIEMIKE

 
This is the first of the three already finished but they should start running in service some time this year.  
 
CZ
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: May 25th, 2013, 10:22pm
Those things are not what I'd call good looking. Where is Raymond Loewy, or Richard Dreyfuss, when you need him?
Posted by: HwyHaulier Posted on: May 26th, 2013, 7:32am
on May 25th, 2013, 10:22pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Those things are not what I'd call good looking. Where is Raymond Loewy, or Richard Dreyfuss, when you need him?

Clyde - All -  
 
These days, "pretty" costs more! Should one get into some older photos, the all new SIEMENS units are simply more of an old theme.  
Take a look at SNCF (France) power of now over more than five decades back. Seems like old times?
 
........................Vern........................
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: May 26th, 2013, 8:20pm
on May 26th, 2013, 7:32am, HwyHaulier wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Clyde - All -  
 
These days, "pretty" costs more! Should one get into some older photos, the all new SIEMENS units are simply more of an old theme.  
Take a look at SNCF (France) power of now over more than five decades back. Seems like old times?
 
........................Vern........................

 
Vern  - yeah, I know that.  No telling what a custom design, even minor cosmetics, would cost. Wouldn't be money well spent IMO. But the things are still ugly. Just like the French predecessors. I recall most of the German electrics from my time in Germany near fifty years gone as being, at least, sort of hulking. Had a sort of a sense of presence. Which from the pictures, these don't. Oh well, as long as they work right.
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: May 27th, 2013, 1:46pm
on May 26th, 2013, 8:20pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Vern  - yeah, I know that.  No telling what a custom design, even minor cosmetics, would cost. Wouldn't be money well spent IMO. But the things are still ugly. Just like the French predecessors. I recall most of the German electrics from my time in Germany near fifty years gone as being, at least, sort of hulking. Had a sort of a sense of presence. Which from the pictures, these don't. Oh well, as long as they work right.

 
No doubt design is not part of the expenses for this loco.  It they run well, they will probably be around for many years.  
CZ
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Jun 27th, 2013, 8:47pm
on May 27th, 2013, 1:46pm, CALZEPHYR wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
No doubt design is not part of the expenses for this loco.  It they run well, they will probably be around for many years.  
CZ

 
Today the third unit, #602 went east to Colorado to the testing facility.  
 
This one is a rolling billboard of information.  
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Jun 29th, 2013, 10:38pm
Interesting, I wonder how long the graphics will last.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CALZEPHYR Posted on: Aug 15th, 2013, 10:22am
on Jun 29th, 2013, 10:38pm, CHESSIEMIKE wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Interesting, I wonder how long the graphics will last.
CHESSIEMIKE

 
This is the only one so far that has the graphics.
 
Saturday, the 10th of August, the 603 went east making it the fourth unit to be sent out of the Siemens factory.  I caught it on #6 at Stanford Curve on Donner Pass.   The 603 is the first one to have the Amtrak logo on the sides from the factory.
 
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Aug 21st, 2013, 12:31am
Back to the east coast. Here we have Amtrak Train #53, the Auto Train, southbound at Woodbridge, VA on 8/18/13 at 1603Hrs after an on time departure from Lorton, VA. Is this the longest train Amtrak runs in regular service?
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Aug 21st, 2013, 8:44pm
Pretty sure it is.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Sep 22nd, 2013, 8:15pm
Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited passes through Buffalo Creek Junction on a late summer morning.  
 

 
 

 
Both photos in this post were taken by me Friday 9/13/2013 in Buffalo, NY.
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Nov 10th, 2013, 7:29am
A late running Amtrak P077-09 had 2 locomotives as it passed a coal train at CA23 on the Peninsula Sub. I later found out the reason was so #513 could pull a broken #195 as train P950 back to Washington DC. 11/9/13
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Dec 21st, 2013, 9:27pm
That thar Newport News train gets its shar of interesting pwr.
Eastbound at CA25 on the Peninsula Sub 12/6/13 at 1230Hrs. What was/is "The Big Game"?
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: jmlaboda Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 1:44am
the annual Red River Rivalry collegiate football game between UT and OU.
Posted by: jmlaboda Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 1:50am
Shots also show AMTK 52 also having the same lettering... in 2011...
 
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=386386
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=381373
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 8:53pm
Thanks, that was a new one on me.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: jmlaboda Posted on: Dec 23rd, 2013, 12:17am
You're not alone... through all my dealings with doing research on passenger cars I had never seen the "Game" graphics before myself.  I guess that it has been overshadowed by the Heritage schemes but its one I am glad to learn about!!!
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Jan 29th, 2014, 6:54pm
The snow is getting deeper for Amtrak train #67 as it heads east to Newport News, VA. Seen here at CA19 on the CSX Peninsula Sub. Between Richmond, VA and Newport News the snow went from 1" to 7".
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2014, 6:36am
Snow greeted the Auto Train passengers to VA on 2/25/14. Amtrak #508 was seen switching the auto carriers into position for unloading as the flakes fell.
CHESSIEMIKE
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Apr 14th, 2014, 8:38pm
Amtrak's eastbound Maple Leaf earlier this month:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 4/5/2014 in Niagara Falls, NY. Amtrak uses the ex-LV freight house as their station.  
 
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Apr 27th, 2014, 11:49pm
Amtrak #200, a P42DC is westbound on CSX's Peninsula Sub passing one of the few remaining ex-C&O signals, this one at CA14.1.
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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Apr 27th, 2014, 11:52pm
CSX calls this train P066-27. Sharp eyes will note the signal is not the only vintage item in the photo.
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Posted by: jmlaboda Posted on: Apr 28th, 2014, 12:04am
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Sharp eyes will note the signal is not the only vintage item in the photo.

 
Dover Harbor... neat!!!
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Apr 28th, 2014, 12:08am
On the rear of P066-27 we have a time machine in the form of a car called Dover Harbor.
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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Apr 28th, 2014, 12:12am
Here it is a few miles down the track. Passenger trains on this stretch of track are allowed 79MPH and I would guess it was close to that speed when it went by.
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Posted by: jmlaboda Posted on: Apr 28th, 2014, 12:18am
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Here it is a few miles down the track.

 
And four minutes after I posted my ID of the car!!!  I'm loving it!!!
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Apr 28th, 2014, 11:52am
You Da Man!
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Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Apr 29th, 2014, 7:27pm
on Apr 14th, 2014, 8:38pm, Matthew_L wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Amtrak's eastbound Maple Leaf earlier this month:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 4/5/2014 in Niagara Falls, NY. Amtrak uses the ex-LV freight house as their station.  
 

 
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?
Posted by: NYC_Subway_Fan Posted on: May 3rd, 2014, 10:31am
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.
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: May 3rd, 2014, 3:54pm
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.
Posted by: George_Harris Posted on: May 4th, 2014, 1:41am
on May 3rd, 2014, 3:54pm, ClydeDET wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.
Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: May 4th, 2014, 6:16pm
on May 4th, 2014, 1:41am, George_Harris wrote:       (Click here for original message)

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!!).
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: May 12th, 2014, 10:48pm
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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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Jul 6th, 2014, 9:13pm
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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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Jul 6th, 2014, 9:21pm
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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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Aug 31st, 2014, 9:29pm
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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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Sep 7th, 2014, 9:32pm
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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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Oct 15th, 2014, 6:32am
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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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Nov 17th, 2014, 11:28pm
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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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Jan 21st, 2015, 6:38am
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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Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Jan 29th, 2015, 8:02pm
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:
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Jan 29th, 2015, 8:05pm
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.  
Posted by: firstbelt Posted on: Jan 29th, 2015, 8:07pm
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
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Feb 7th, 2015, 6:31pm
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)
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Feb 8th, 2015, 7:10am
Nice catch Charlie_O. I have as yet to see one out on the road.
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Posted by: ClydeDET Posted on: Feb 8th, 2015, 7:15pm
on Jan 29th, 2015, 8:07pm, firstbelt wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.
Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: Mar 17th, 2015, 11:03pm
Lucky catch from the expressway as this 'toaster' left Philly's 30th Street Station.
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Apr 5th, 2015, 12:09am
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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Posted by: jmlaboda Posted on: Apr 5th, 2015, 12:32am
Its been reported on one of the Amtrak lists at Yahoo! Groups that five of the new Viewliner II baggage have entered service.  Many more remain down in Florida awaiting their turn at entering operation.
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Apr 5th, 2015, 10:31pm
I went for some altitude for the modelers out there that want roof top detail.
I was hoping for a Track #1 shot, but no luck.
P066 west bound at CA32, 4/5/15 at 1736Hrs.
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Posted by: Charlie_O Posted on: May 3rd, 2015, 9:54pm
Yard power in Penn Coach Yard, Philly
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Oct 6th, 2015, 7:50pm
Amtrak #50, The Cardinal, is a tad tardy at 1435Hrs as it pulls into Staunton, VA on 10/2/15.
Not many place you can catch a P40DC and a steam era water column. Amtrak #835 is normally seen on the Auto Train.
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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Nov 12th, 2015, 9:59pm
Amtrak train #94 had Amtrak #145, a P42DC (Phase 3 Heritage unit) leading out of Newport News, VA on 11/12/15. The train was in the wind as it blew through Lee Hall, VA at 0928Hrs on its way to Washington DC.
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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Nov 22nd, 2015, 6:39am
Out with the old, in with the new. Amtrak #927, an AEM7 (EMD 8/81) looks on as Amtrak #631, ACS-64 (Siemens 2014) gets ready for duty at Washington Union Station. 11/13/15 at 1815Hrs.
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Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Dec 8th, 2015, 9:57pm
Amtrak's eastbound Maple Leaf on Track 2 of CSX's Rochester Sub:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Sat 11/21/2015 at MP 361/Main Street crossing in Fairport, NY.  
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Dec 8th, 2015, 9:58pm
Amtrak's westbound Maple Leaf on Track 2 of CSX's Rochester Sub:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
All photos in this post were taken by me Sat 11/21/2015 at MP 361/Main Street crossing in Fairport, NY.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Jan 18th, 2016, 8:08pm
Amtrak's eastbound Lake Shore Limited heading east on the CSX ROchester Sub with a couple of heritage units in the power mix:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 1/9/2015 at the Main Street/State Route 250 crossing in Fairport, NY.
Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Jan 27th, 2016, 12:07am
This is one of those photos that would confound historians in the future. If they had little to no caption information they would try to decipher what the photo was of by the contents they could identify. First they would note the location by the station sign, Lee Hall, and look at maps to find the location in Virginia. Depending on the age of the map they looked at, the station could be on either side of the tracks, but let us suppose they guessed correctly and made the decision that it was on the north side of the tracks. This would mean a post 2009 date and we are looking at a westbound train. Snow on the ground would tell us it was winter. The long shadow of the station would tend to confirm this and make the point that this is an early morning train. That would make it train #94, the only early morning train through Lee Hall, which was indeed a westbound move. They would make note of the Locomotive, Amtrak #15, a P42DC. A run of the mill GE that Amtrak used starting in 1996, but this one has a paint scheme that came on the scene in 2001. But what about that baggage car? Those came out in 2015. But wait, train #94 did not carry a baggage car! The only trains through Lee Hall that had a baggage car were eastbound #67, a mid-day train and its counterpart #66 that was a late afternoon train westbound. So just what are we looking at? Well back in 2016 there was a storm that wreaked havoc with the east coast. Seems the last Amtrak train into Newport News, the eastern terminus past Lee Hall was #67. It arrived a little over an hour late on Friday 1/22/16 due to the weather it encountered on the run south from Washington D.C. and east from Richmond, VA. As it turns out due to the weather no Amtrak trains ran again in the area until it was decided to use the consist from #67 to perform the duties of train #94 on Tuesday morning, 1/26/16. While the storm was not THAT bad in this part of Virginia, you may have seen a news report or two that indicated the weather did create a few problems for some of the other areas this train serves.
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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Feb 6th, 2016, 9:05pm
Amtrak train #194 with locomotive #17, a P42DC seems to be in a bit of a hurry on 2/6/16. But what's the rush?
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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Feb 6th, 2016, 9:10pm
Nothing abnormal, just a good engineer making proper use of "Clear" signals!
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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Mar 18th, 2016, 10:07pm
Amtrak #656, an ACS-64 by Siemens has Northeast Regional train #185 southbound well in hand as he slides through Severn, MD at 1105Hrs on 3/16/16.
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Posted by: CHESSIEMIKE Posted on: Oct 16th, 2016, 3:55pm
Amtrak train #3 the westbound Southwest Chief has Amtrak #837, a P40DC, upgraded to P42DC specs and Amtrak #120, a P42DC. It has paused its westbound run and is getting serviced in Albuquerque, NM. Meanwhile New Mexico Rail Runner train #512 with NMRX #109, a MP36PH-3C, northbound to Santa Fe is slowing to make its stop. 10/6/16 @1620Hrs.
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Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Mar 6th, 2017, 7:57pm
Amtrak 284 eastbound Empire Service charging through the snow on Track 2 of the CSX Rochester Sub:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken at the State Route 250 crossing in Fairport, NY.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Mar 6th, 2017, 8:03pm
Amtrak 48 Lake Shore Limited heading east on the other side of the same crossing:
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Saturday 3/4/2017 in Fairport, NY. This train was also on Track 1 of the Rochester Sub.