Posts Tagged ‘Harpers Ferry West Virginia’

Looking Down on a Sightseer Lounge

April 9, 2021

On Amtrak trains that are assigned Superliner equipment, the Sightseer lounge is a popular place to hang out and view the passing scenery.

It doesn’t offer the same perspective as a dome car but with its large windows that extend into the ceiling you can still see quite a bit.

Shown is the Sightseer lounge on the westbound Capitol Limited as it sits in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, making its station stop.

I wondered if anyone in the lounge noticed me photographing their train.

Since Nos. 29 and 30 went to tri-weekly operation in October 2020, the Capitol has been running without a Sightseer lounge. Will it be restored for summer operation?

Passing in Harpers Ferry

March 8, 2018

Amtrak’s westbound Capitol Limited has completed its station work in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and is headed for its next stop in Martinsburg.

On the other track an eastbound CSX manifest freight is about to reach the station.

Heritage In Harpers Ferry

January 4, 2018

Amtrak’s westbound Capitol Limited is coming to a stop in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, on July 16, 2014.

On the point is the Phase IV heritage locomotive wearing a livery that was relatively short-lived on Amtrak in its original incarnation.

The locomotive is not the only heritage to be seen on this train. The baggage car is from the Heritage fleet, having served for decades.

Since this image was made, Amtrak has placed in service its Viewliner baggage cars and most of the heritage baggage cars have been retired.

But the oldest thing in this image is the former Baltimore & Ohio passenger station next to the tracks.  It opened in 1889. Today it is used by the National Park Service and also used by Maryland Area Rail Commuter trains from Washington.

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.

Capitol Limited at Harpers Ferry

August 8, 2017

Amtrak’s westbound Capitol Limited is shown crossing the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, on July 25, 2017.

Nearly a week later, the Nos. 29 and 30 began operating only between Chicago and Pittsburgh after a CSX freight train derailment on Aug. 2  closed the Keystone Subdivision at Hyndman, Pennsylvania, for several days.

Rail traffic began moving through the area on Sunday, Aug. 6. The Capitol resumed serving Harpers Ferry and other points east of Pittsburgh that day.

In the interim, passengers had been accommodated by a bus.

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.