Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak P42DC No. 76’

Pointing Eastward

January 21, 2017

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Amtrak P42DC No. 75 is on the point of the eastbound California Zephyr as it makes its station stop in Sacramento,  California.

This is a crew change point and a new engineer will take the right-hand seat in the cab to man the control of No. 75 ans it, a fellow P42 and an F40PH throttle up to move No. 6 eastward en route to Chicago.

The image was made on June 25, 1999, and was scanned from a slide.

Time to Go to Work on the Head End

November 30, 2016

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The outbound engineer of Amtrak train No. 6 is climbing the steps to take his place in the cab of P42DC No. 76 as it prepares to depart from Sacramento, California, on June 26, 1999.

The train still has a long way to go to reach Chicago and shortly after departing from Sacramento the passengers will enjoy some of the best scenery that the route has to offer in the Golden State.

The route through the Sierra Nevada Mountains can be stunning.

The California Zephyr will travel through the Nevada and Utah deserts and high plateaus during nighttime hours and passengers will have yet another day of mountain scenery as it passes through the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Of course, this engineer won’t be around to see the Rockies. He’ll be getting off well before then to return to Sacramento.

A View In Harpers Ferry That Never Gets Old

September 20, 2016

There is something regal about the name “Capitol Limited.” Perhaps it is because of its association with a Baltimore & Ohio train of the same name that uses the same route of Amtrak’s Capitol Limited between Pittsburgh and Washington. That B&O train ran between Chicago and D.C., just like the Amtrak edition, albeit on a different route west of Pittsburgh.

Perhaps it is something about the name itself. The term “Limited” was used by railroads at one time to indicate a train that went to where it was going in a hurry with few stops along the way. Typically, these trains had some of the best service, if not the best service on the railroad.

And of course the term “Capitol” denotes the seat of government and there is something special about Washington, the ultimate seat of government in the United States.

Amtrak’s Capitol Limited has some of the best scenery in the eastern United States, particularly in its passage through the mountains of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The eastbound train is scheduled to take in all of that during daylight hours. The westbound train, shown here arriving at Harpers Ferry in August 2008, sees much of it, depending of the time of year.

This view is one of the classic scenes on the former B&O. Thousands of images have been made of passenger and freight trains coming out of this tunnel, which lies on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. These are CSX tracks now, the B&O name having been retired decades ago.

Of course, I waited for No. 29 to arrive so I could get this view, which was made on Aug. 13, 2008. It never gets old seeing it.