Posts Tagged ‘North East Pennsylvania’

Amtrak 448 at Bort Road

August 31, 2018

Bort Road is one of those countless rural roads in America that most people will never travel or know about.

It has a timeless quality about it, as though time has forgotten it.

Yet to the engineers in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bort Road is well known.

It crosses the CSX Erie West Subdivision on a one-lane bridge that was built decades ago when these tracks were owned by the New York Central.

In recent years the bridge has received some repairs and been closed for several weeks at times.

PennDOT would like to replace the bridge, possibly by moving it closer to the town of North East.

Perhaps some day in the not too distant future they’ll do that. But for now passenger trains continue to pass beneath this bridge just as countless NYC and Penn Central trains did in the years before Amtrak.

Shown is Amtrak’s Boston-bound Lake Shore Limited in late May.

The crossing signals in the background are for the Lake Erie District of Norfolk Southern, which Bort Road crosses at grade.

 

Much Longer Lake Shore Limited

August 28, 2018

Since late May Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited has been solely a Chicago-Boston train and on some days it hasn’t operated east of Albany-Renselaer, New York, due to track work on CSX.

The result has been a shorter consists with fewer coaches, sleepers and locomotives. The train has also operated under the 448 and 449 road numbers the length of its journey.

The above photographs were made about a week before the New York section was suspended for the summer of 2018 due to track work in New York City.

Amtrak has said the New York Section will return in early September and, presumably, the Lake Shore Limited will resume its role of being one of Amtrak’s longest trains.

This image was made at North East, Pennsylvania, on the CSX Erie West Subdivision.

Shorter Lake Shore Limited This Summer

June 21, 2018

Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited is typically one of its longest trains. But it has grown much shorter this summer due to the New York section being suspended due to bridge work in New York City.

The LSL now operates only between Chicago and Boston and is operating as Nos. 448/449 the length of the route. Those numbers previously were used for operating purpose between Boston and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

The train is shown above passing through North East, Pennsylvania, on May 31, less than a week after the New York section was dropped until early September.

Lake Shore Limited State of the Art

September 6, 2016

Labor 2016 31

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Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited has been much talked about this year and not always for the good.

Last spring Nos. 48 and 49 began operating with a lone P42DC locomotive between Chicago and Albany-Rensselaer, New York.

Then during the summer the full-service dining cars were removed in favor of Amfleet food service cars with a “diner light” menu.

Of course, there is the on-going saga of whether the Boston section will again run the length of the route to Chicago.

Every time that Amtrak indicates that it is coming back, it continues to operate only between Boston and Albany. Furthermore, Nos. 448 and 449 have been annulled several times this year in favor of buses due to CSX track work.

I made it a point to get out to see the Lake Shore this past weekend because I had not seen it since the changes were made.

It had P42DC No. 12, a Viewliner baggage car, three Viewliner sleepers, two Amfleet food service cars and five Amfleet II coaches.

It is shown doing track speed at Bort Road in North East, Pennsylvania, running on time about an hour after sunrise.