Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak trains’

An Eagle and a Commuter

May 21, 2021

Appearances to the contrary, the train the left is not an Amtrak train. It is a Trinity Railway Express commuter train using leased Amtrak equipment.

That included a pair of F40PH locomotives and two Horizon Fleet coaches.

On the next track over the Texas Eagle is making its daily stop at the Dallas Union Terminal. Note that the Eagle has a new P40 on the point and a veteran F40PH trailing.

When this image was made on March 4, 1997, such mixed motive power consists were not unusual and would continue through the late 1990s until the P42 fleet began arriving.

2 for Amtrak’s 50th Anniversary

May 3, 2021

I wanted to get out and photograph Amtrak on its 50th anniversary day last Saturday. I began my quest by setting next to the CSX Monon Subdivision south of Linden, Indiana, to capture the westbound Cardinal.

No. 51 was right on the money about 10 minutes past 5, having made a station stop, in Crawfordsville about 12 minutes earlier. It was about a half-hour after sunrise.

Next I motored over to east central Illinois to get the northbound Saluki, a corridor train funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation that originates in Carbondale and travels to Chicago.

No. 390 is shown above taking a signal at Humboldt, Illinois. It, too, was running on time.

None of the equipment seen in these photographs existed in 1971 and most of it had not been created yet as a concept.

The Amfleet coaches and food service car of the Cardinal come closest because Amfleet equipment was based on the design of the Budd Metroliners of the 1960s. Superliner equipment was inspired by the Hi-Level cars of the Santa Fe.

In 1971 EMD E and F units with a handful of passenger equipped geeps, U boats and SDs were the common motive power. It all wore the markings and liveries of its owners.

The Saluki does not normally operate with Superliner equipment, but has since Amtrak reduced the frequency of most long-distance trains last year to tri-weekly.

Starting May 24 Amtrak plans to begin to restore daily service to most long-distance trains — the Cardinal and Sunset Limited are exceptions — so the Superliners now on the Saluki probably will be replaced with Horizon and Amfleet equipment.

But not for long as Amtrak has begun taking delivery of and testing the new Siemens Venture cars and they are expected to begin revenue service later this year.

The long distance trains are also slated to begin receiving Charger locomotives similar to the SC-44 seen above pullking the Saluki albeit with a difference livery.

With Amtrak things are always changing even if it doesn’t always appear that way at first glance.

CONO To Operate Later NB Due to CN Track Work

March 19, 2021

Canadian National track work will disrupt the operations of the northbound City of New Orleans between March 17 and May 12.

No. 58 will operate as Train 1058 and depart New Orleans on Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:45 p.m. 60 minutes later than normal.

It will operate on this later schedule at all stations from New Orleans to McComb, Mississippi, where it will hold until 4:42 p.m., 70 minutes later than normal and operate on a later schedule at all stations between McComb and Jackson, Mississippi.

It will then hold at Jackson until 7:14 p.m., 90 minutes later than normal and operate on a later schedule at all stations from Jackson to Chicago.

Train 58 will operate normally on Sundays during this time period.

Train Time In Trenton

February 26, 2021

A southbound Amtrak Northeast Regional train pauses in Trenton, New Jersey, to pick up and drop off passengers. In the meantime, passengers for a northbound train are getting into position on the opposite platform as their train to New York will be arriving soon. The image was made on May 14, 2016.

Last Years of the Broadway Limited

February 1, 2021

In Amtrak’s early years, the Chicago-New York/Washington Broadway Limited was considered its premier eastern long distance train.

But by the 1990s it had become just another train, albeit still a good one with full-service dining and sleeping cars. Many of the passenger cars were from Amtrak’s Heritage Fleet.

The Broadway Limited also handled a lot of head-end business as can be seen in this image made on CSX’s New Castle Subdivision near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.

This was once the route of Baltimore & Ohio’s best train, the Capitol Limited. Although Amtrak has a train of the same name operating between Chicago and Washington, it has never used this stretch of the former B&O.

This image was made in May 1994 and in a year and four months Nos. 40 and 41 would make their final trips operating as the Broadway Limited.

Blasting Through Rantoul

July 28, 2020

It’s an early Sunday morning at the Amtrak station in Rantoul, Illinois.

I’m the only person around even through Amtrak’s northbound City of New Orleans will be come through here in a few minutes.

But Trains 58 and 59 don’t stop in Rantoul. Only the state-funded Saluki and Illini between Chicago and Carbondale, Illinois, stop here.

No. 58 is about 15 minutes off schedule as it roars through the Rantoul station. Note the engineer has his hand out the window to wave at the photographer.

It also has two P42DC locomotives up front. Normally, the City of New Orleans operates with a single locomotive.

Arriving in Crawfordsville

July 6, 2020

Amtrak’s westbound Cardinal is pulling into the Crawfordsville, Indiana, station on Independence Day morning.

On the right is the former Monon passenger station, which today is a banquet facility although it still has a station sign.

The Amshack is down beyond the fenced area and barely visible.

No. 51 has its typical consist of two Amfleet II coaches, an Amfleet food service car, a Viewliner sleeper and a Viewliner baggage dorm car.

About five people got on here on this day.

Back in the 1970s, Amtrak’s Floridian passed by this station, but Crawfordsville was never a scheduled stop for the Chicago-Miami/St. Petersburg train.

There Goes the Auto Train

June 10, 2020

Like all other long-distance trains, Amtrak’s Auto Train is not as long as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. But it still makes for an impressive sight with its consist of Superliners and auto carriers.

It is shown passing through Folkston, Georgia, earlier this month.

Railfans in Folkston can also see Amtrak’s Silver Meteor and Silver Star pass through here.

Photograph by Todd Dillon

 

Departing Big D

June 3, 2020

Amtrak’s westbound Texas Eagle has completed its station work in Dallas. The conductor has given a highball and its time to depart for Fort Worth.

The guy in the blue shirt is an Amtrak conductor who will throw a switch behind the train after it leaves the station track and then get aboard the last car.

Note that when this image was made on March 6, 1997, Amtrak was still in the transition phase between Genesis locomotives and F40s.

The Genesis series was still new then and F40s has been relegated to trailing unit duty on the road.

Amtrak’s Cardinal Flies on the Old Monon

May 30, 2020

Amtrak’s westbound Cardinal is on the money as it flies along northbound on former Monon Route tracks just south of Linden, Indiana, on a Saturday morning.

About 10 minutes earlier No. 51 had made a station stop at Crawfordsville.

The consist is P42DC No. 45, two Amfleet II coaches, two Amfleet food service cars, a Viewliner sleeper and a Viewliner baggage-dorm car.

The road is old U.S. Route 231. The image was made on May 30, 2020.