Posts Tagged ‘CSX trains’

Amtrak Relics

July 20, 2020

Some Amtrak trains in the late 1990s to early 2000s resembled freight trains with their long strings of box cars carrying express shipments.

But what you see above is actually a CSX train in Berea on April 4, 2013.

The two silver-colored boxcars are former Amtrak express cars that are now owned by another company but continuing to do what they were designed to do, which is carrying freight.

The new owner did not see a need to have the cars repainted other than to remove the Amtrak markings.

As these cars traveled the country they were a reminder of an era in Amtrak history that was once billed as promising to enable the passenger carrier to fly a glide path to profitability.

That journey was never completed as designed.

Coming and Going in Harpers Ferry

August 22, 2017

Amtrak’s westbound Capitol Limited has just finished its station stop and is leaving the station. No. 29 is about 45 minutes late and can’t afford to tarry.

The Capitol was not out of sight of the station when an eastbound CSX manifest freight came barrelling along, its lead locomotive pouring out smoke as it throttles up.

Had the CSX train come along a couple of minutes earlier, it would have blocked my view of the Amtrak train. But it didn’t and instead I got some good images.