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Pastor John May 15, 2021

  1. Pastor John

    Pastor John TrainBoard Member

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    I will be attending a Scout conference at Philmont Scout Ranch in July and my wife will be traveling with me. Since every flight lands hundreds of miles away and still requires a long bus ride afterwards, we decided that Amtrak, though longer, is the preferred carrier despite it's additional length. So, we will board the Lakeshore Limited at 1:00 am (two blocks from our church) heading west. After a six hour layover in Chicago, we'll be on the Southwest Chief to Racon, NM. Then, a week later, do the same thing backwards.

    I intend to shoot lots of video for an episode or two of my (not yet launched) model railroad YouTube channel.

    What should we anticipate? Watch for? Get pictures/video of?

    We will be traveling coach just because a roomette was *triple* the price. Yikes.

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  2. Shortround

    Shortround TrainBoard Member

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    Best wishes. It's to bad the Infrastructure business hasn't started yet.
     
  3. Point353

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    Check with the Amtrak conductor to see if you can step off the train, briefly, at La Plata MO so that you can wave at Virtual Railfan's live webcam.
    Assuming that it's on schedule, the westbound SWC stops there about 7:30PM, while the eastbound stops at about 9:30AM.



    Along your route, there are also VR cams at the stations in Elkhart IN and Galesburg IL, but they don't have quite the close-up view of the platform as at La Plata.
     
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  4. Chops

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    Tell us how it went. I believe you meant, "Raton," not Racon. Basically, in Espanol: "Rat City." Going North out of Rat City is a whole lot of nothing. But, if you go South, there is a whole lot of nothing. East/West, mmmmm, don't know quite how to describe it, except, uh, whole lot of nothing.

    All that being said, Raton Pass is famous for its 2.49% to 6% grade.
     
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    Doh. Yes, Raton.

    And yeah, it's in the middle of nowhere. The nearest flight still lands a three or four hour bus ride away. That's at least*part* of why we opted for train travel instead. Raton still isn't close to Philmont, but it's a $50 bus ride and not a $300 bus ride.

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    More importantly - let us know how Philmont is recovering from the fires.
     
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  7. RBrodzinsky

    RBrodzinsky Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    A few years ago, we did Buffalo to Oakland (Lakeshore Ltd / Cal Zephyr). The LL was almost 4 hours late getting into Chicago (we sat on sidings in Indiana for almost 3 hours as freight traffic moved). Our 4+ hour layover was instead 30 minutes of hell (at least they held all outbound trains since so many of the connecting trains were so late).
     
  8. Pastor John

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    Quick correction: Alliance, where we live, is where we will board the Capitol Limited and not the Lakeshore Limited.

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