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  1. logging loco

    logging loco TrainBoard Supporter

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    October 31, 1970
    The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, known as Amtrak was created.
     
  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Wow. Missed this one, as apparently did a lot of others.
     
  3. Hardcoaler

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    It didn't take them long to take the reigns and begin operations on May 1, 1971. I still think it was kind of neat that the SOU, DRGW and RI didn't sign up and went their own way for a while.
     
  4. PAPPY1

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    Sorry but I did not see anything other then your statement about Amtrak was created.
     
  5. wingnut1974

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    i miss the fallen flag carriers trains
     
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  6. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    This thread needs pictures! Here's a 2008-vintage shot of Amtrak 8 barreling east of Cut Bank, MT:

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  7. Hardcoaler

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    From the mid-1970s are these two shots on the MILW main north of Chicago. I'm not exactly sure where I took the first shot, nor if it's the Empire Builder or the North Coast Hiawatha. Did both trains carry domes? Its consist looks short. The other is a Turboliner at Northbrook, IL in Chicago <=> Milwaukee service.

    1970s Mid Empire Builder Unknown Location IL - for upload.jpg 1970s Mid Northbrook IL - for upload.jpg
     
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  8. Mr. Trainiac

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    I am amazed that the Turboliners even existed. Even today, they seem so exotic and futuristic. I think it might just be the comparison between the regular lumbering Amtrak locomotives that make them seem so cool, but I hope some of the remaining sets in Delaware get preserved. A lineup between the rebuilt sets, the Acela, and the new Avelia Liberty would be cool. If only the UAC Turbotrain was still around to join in.
     
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  9. Kurt Moose

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    Looks like the North Coast Hiawatha, the Builder was usually longer and 3 domes on it.
     
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  10. Hardcoaler

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    July 20, 1976 at Princeton Jct., NJ finds Amtrak fielding nearly new E60 966 and vintage Metroliner 859. The man in the top photo is dome car spotting. :LOL:

    1976-07-20 011 Princeton Jct NJ - for upload.jpg 1976-07-20 005 Princeton Jct NJ - for upload.jpg
     
  11. bigGG1fan

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    Ahhh... E60s. Amtrak's replacement for the GG-1. Had a bad habit of frying its transformers in passenger service. I was waiting on the Broadway at North Philadelphia to go back to college in 1982. Imagine my surprise when it arrived an hour and a half late, with a GG-1 on the head. The original e60 had fried just short of Newark, and they needed a rescue.

    The old girl did just fine. Timed it at about 105 MPH along the Main Line with a full Broadway. Also lucky enough to have an ex-PRR twin-unit diner that trip.

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  12. Hardcoaler

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    I seem to recall too that the E60s were unsteady at higher speeds, so found themselves limited in their assignments. Neat memories you have riding behind a GG-1. I rode behind two in the summer of 1971, also heading the Broadway. As my mother and I stood on the platform at Newark, the motors swept in and I was astonished at their size, looking much longer than my Lionel G. We were returning to our home in Chicago and this was my first look at a real GG-1. With nearly 50 years in daily service, the Gs were indeed phenomenal machines.
     
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  13. Hytec

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    And so smooth in starting compared to Pacific and Hudson hauled commuter trains. Funny how I never thought twice of the jerky starts behind steam until the first time behind a GG-1. Like gliding on a cloud. :cool:
     
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  14. bigGG1fan

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    I was lucky enough at 6 or 7 to get a cab ride from North Philadelphia to 30th Street in one. Don't think I would've fit 3 years later. Even then it was a squeeze. Until I relocated to St. Louis permanently, nearly all of my pre- and post- Amtrak trips (and there were a LOT because I had relatives in NYC) began behind the graceful ladies.

    Exceptions: RDC locals to NYC from Poughkeepsie when I lived there (cross-platform change to electric motors @ Croton-Harmon); or if lucky, through trains pulled by diesels (didn't have to get off at C-H)

    An occasional MU NYP-NYC (200-series "Silverliners", built for the World's Fair, equipped with water fountains and bathrooms), or the MP-54 "Owl" cars. You haven't lived until you've had a 4-hour trip between NYP and North Philadelphia making ALL stops. :)



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  15. Hardcoaler

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    What is NYP? It's probably staring me in the face, but I can't figure it out.
     
  16. CarlH

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    NYP is probably Penn Station in New York City.
     
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  17. bigGG1fan

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    Yes, it is Penn Station in NY.

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  18. mmi16

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    It was a paper job.
     

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