Posts Tagged ‘Dallas’

Heading Out of Big D

December 1, 2020

An Amtrak conductor waits to throw a switch as Amtrak’s Texas Eagle leaves Dallas Union Station.

The conductor will reboard the train after the switch is lined back to it normal position.

The image was made on March 5, 1997. At the time P40 locomotives were fairly new and some F40PH locomotives could still be found in motive power consists.

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.

Texas Central Shows Dallas Station Plans

February 1, 2018

The proposed Dallas station for a Texas high-speed rail network would be built downtown on a now largely vacant lot.

Texas Central said the terminal will be located on 60 acres south of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in the Cedars neighborhood.

That would place the multilevel facility near an interchange between Interstates 30 and 35 and offer convenient connections to nearby road and Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s light-rail system and buses.

Texas Central Chief Executive Officer Carlos Aguilar said in a news release that the station could be a draw for Amazon’s proposed second headquarters. Dallas is among 20 cities on a list of finalists to be the home of the Amazon facility.

The station could cost as much as $15 million. Texas Central earlier released plans for a proposed station in Grimes County, Texas, the only midway stop on the proposed 240-mile Dalls-Houston rail line.

“This [Dallas] station will be a magnet for economic activity in an area ripe for development,” Aguilar said “It’s an amazing way to accelerate transit-oriented development that sets Texas apart from any other state and provides businesses with unparalleled access to workers, suppliers and other critical needs.”

Texas Eagle to Gain new Dallas-Fort Worth Route

December 17, 2014

Amtrak’s Texas Eagle will be taking a different route between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, that is expected to result in faster travel times.

Nos. 21 and 22 will use a former Rock Island line now traveled by commuter trains of the Trinity Railway Express.

The Texas Eagle currently uses a Union Pacific route that has heavy freight traffic.

Amtrak will pay a monthly fee to use the TRE tracks and pay some offset costs that will be borne by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority. The move has been five years in the making. Negotiations stalled over $7.2 million in federal funding that stalled because of contract issues, primarily over liability insurance coverage.

Texas authorities in 2009 were awarded a federal grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to double-track part of the TRE line in Tarrant County so Amtrak could use it. “There are a number of details to be worked out with several third parties before the shift to the TRE corridor can take place,” said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.” DART, The T and Amtrak are working with these third parties to complete these arrangements, and we hope to be able to be able to shift the Texas Eagle to the TRE Corridor during the first quarter 2015.”