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by jhdeasy
Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc
Replies: 4587
Views: 1126308

Re: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc

AAPRCO 42nd annual convention begins today at Albuquerque, and runs thru Friday September 20.

Participating private cars are ACOMA, BIRCH GROVE, CARITAS, HOLLYWOOD BEACH, MOONLIGHT DOME, NORTHERN SKY and SAN MARINO.
by jhdeasy
Mon Sep 02, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc
Replies: 4587
Views: 1126308

Re: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc

Train 89(92) The Palmetto is operating with two Genesis locomotives and nine cars: six A2 coaches, one A1 cafe dinette, one A1 business class and one V2 baggage. Additional passenger capacity for Labor Day holiday weekend?
by jhdeasy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak turntables
Replies: 21
Views: 1476

Re: Amtrak turntables

How often would Amtrak need to turn something in Albuquerque? Probably not that often. However, the City of Albuquerque is promoting themself as a destination for visiting private cars. A private car visiting Albuquerque would probably wish to be turned so they are properly pointed for the trip bac...
by jhdeasy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak plans train service to New York State Fair
Replies: 33
Views: 2311

Re: Amtrak plans train service to New York State Fair

Earlier this summer I was contacted by a prospective charter client who wanted to take a group from NYP to the state fair, park the private car (MOUNT VERNON) at/near the fairgrounds, use it as their hotel overnight and return to NYP after a second day at the fair. I had to tell them that this trip ...
by jhdeasy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: Which LIRR coaches were supplied with the worst seats?
Replies: 14
Views: 1066

Re: Which LIRR coaches were supplied with the worst seats?

The only comfortable seats were in the heavy-weight parlor cars of the 1960's. In all other cases, you had utilitarian vinyl seats which were meant to hold passengers, not cradle them in comfort. I found the most comfortable coach seats on the LIRR were the plush reclining seats in the 4 Budd strea...
by jhdeasy
Sat Aug 31, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak plans train service to New York State Fair
Replies: 33
Views: 2311

Re: Amtrak plans train service to New York State Fair

Coach 82651 and cafe 48613, both wrapped for the New York State Fair, were on the rear of train 63(21). Some official photos of the Governor’s trip from Albany-Rensselaer to the fair: https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/albums/72157710469310112 The photos suggest that the two cars were...
by jhdeasy
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak turntables
Replies: 21
Views: 1476

Re: Amtrak turntables

Hmm, I should have looked before, but looks like Ivy City still has one. Is it commonly used? Private cars that need to be turned at WAS are turned on the wye at Ivy City, not on the turntable. It’s been that way since at least 1987, when I made my first PV movement on Amtrak. I’ve never seen that ...
by jhdeasy
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Ocean View Question(s)
Replies: 38
Views: 2633

Re: Ocean View Question(s)

Amtrak 10031 OCEAN VIEW is stored outdoors at Beech Grove, pending disposition. A friend who is working there (prepping cars for shipment to new owners) saw it earlier this month. If I wanted to buy a full dome to replace MOUNT VERNON, I would prefer one of the former ATSF full domes over the former...
by jhdeasy
Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc
Replies: 4587
Views: 1126308

Re: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc

Are private cars added to trains at Albany - Rensselaer, N.Y. restricted to the front of the train? I dont believe so, the last few that have turned in Albany have been on the rear. I cant ever remember adding one behind the power. The only current restrictions on switching private cars on/off at A...
by jhdeasy
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: C1 and C3 Bilevels
Replies: 17
Views: 1481

Re: C1 and C3 Bilevels

Good subject for a page at your website. I like the photo of 614 alongside 5014 at Montauk. A “relieve the watch” moment at the end of the era of Pullman Standard push-pull cars. I must admit the C-3 cars hold no particular appeal for me. I never rode on them. Maybe I will someday on a future visit ...
by jhdeasy
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Last Station Built New Before Amtrak?
Replies: 41
Views: 2239

Re: Last Station Built New Before Amtrak?

Was it ever served by Amtrak? The previous passenger station in East Syracuse was served by NYC, PC and Amtrak for many years. It was on the south side of DeWitt Yard. I boarded and detained there on business trips several times in 1995-1997. At one time, private car LEHIGH VALLEY 353 was stored on...
by jhdeasy
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Autumn Colors Express Huntington, WV River Train
Replies: 2
Views: 1914

Re: Huntington, WV River Train

Yes, the New River Train has been re-incarnated as the Autumn Colors Express. New management. New format (three consecutive days Friday thru Sunday last week of October). All private cars. Plenty of dome seats. Up to six former SPV-2000 cars as the cheapest coach seats. I wish them well. Unlike the ...
by jhdeasy
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: Here's an MTA Washington Birthday Timetable logo?
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: Here's an MTA Washington Birthday Timetable logo?

George Washington actually spent some time in Brooklyn in 1776, about 60 years before the LIRR was established. He may have ridden his horse where the Atlantic Terminal stands today.
by jhdeasy
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc
Replies: 4587
Views: 1126308

Re: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc

I was looking at the consist list for the Autumn Colors Express (successor to the New River Train) and noted with interest: Numerous dome cars (full domes and standard vista-domes) Six spots for former Budd SPV-2000 cars converted to Amtrak certified coaches. I believe the new owner of these cars ha...
by jhdeasy
Sat Aug 17, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc
Replies: 4587
Views: 1126308

Re: Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc

I thought the new PV rules were no cars on the back end, they were all to be behind the power? The consist and operation of certain trains currently require private cars to operate directly behind the power. ChuChu Bob addressed how the Pennsylvanian reverses direction at PHL, so head end east of P...

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