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by Scoring Guy
Wed Feb 12, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak #338 Breaks down at Milw Airport,,,with ME on board
Replies: 16
Views: 2617

Re: Amtrak #338 Breaks down at Milw Airport,,,with ME on bo

I don't know where the equipment came from; it was announced in a NARP bulletin, but without that clarification. I suspect the small number of protection cars already at the two west coast cities plus some "borrowed" from other locations. But I'm just guessing,,, no expert info here. With that extra...
by Scoring Guy
Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak #338 Breaks down at Milw Airport,,,with ME on board
Replies: 16
Views: 2617

Re: Amtrak #338 Breaks down at Milw Airport,,,with ME on bo

As per the #8 to #30 connection: Because of the high traffic on the BNSF, for the oil fields, both crude and sand trains, and the bad winter making for track problems, and slowing things down, Amtrak stopped offering a guaranteed connection from the #8 to the #30. My office is right next to the CP t...
by Scoring Guy
Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:40 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak #338 Breaks down at Milw Airport,,,with ME on board
Replies: 16
Views: 2617

Amtrak #338 Breaks down at Milw Airport,,,with ME on board

Along with another person, I had an Amtrak trip booked from the Milwaukee Airport to Aberdeen, MD, via the “Hiawatha”, “Capitol Limited”, and “NEC Regional”. Plus I had managed to get a real good price on a “Bedroom” on the “Cap”, even though I booked it only five days before the February 9th depart...
by Scoring Guy
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: Western Railfan
Topic: Railfanning in California?
Replies: 4
Views: 6413

Re: Railfanning in California?

One possible Destination, Oceanside, CA. Train station is only a block or two from the ocean, Wynndom has a nice beach front hotel next to the pier a short walk from the station. Amtrak Surfliners, Metro Link, Coaster, and Sprint trains all serve that station. 30 minutes from San Diego, where the Mi...
by Scoring Guy
Thu Nov 21, 2013 1:09 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: PHL to NYP goes to Bala Cynwyd? - Keystone at Bala Cynwyd
Replies: 30
Views: 6833

Re: PHL to NYP goes to Bala Cynwyd? - Keystone at Bala Cynwy

I'm not from that area, and not familiar with the operations there. There's often an "inside baseball" quality to the majority of the postings, leaving us in other parts of the country guessing. Questions: I recently rode the "Pennsylvanian" from New York to Pittsburgh, and that train was pulled "ba...
by Scoring Guy
Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:10 pm
Forum: Canadian Passenger Operations: AMT, Go Transit, VIA, etc.
Topic: Is this cross-Canada trip plan possible to do?
Replies: 2
Views: 4066

Re: Is this cross-Canada trip plan possible to do?

I believe, since the change in the "Ocean" schedule, a straight through (no hotel layovers) from Halifax to Vancouver is only possible on day per week, and only during the summer schedule, so study the schedule and build the trip around that connection.
by Scoring Guy
Wed Sep 18, 2013 12:01 pm
Forum: Canadian Passenger Operations: AMT, Go Transit, VIA, etc.
Topic: Hudson Bay Line to Churchill/VIA Service Suspensions
Replies: 109
Views: 25670

Re: Winnipeg to Churchill train

I too, rode it a half dozen years ago. On my trip there was one modified (w/shower) 6-10 budd sleeper. The budd diner was half lounge car for the coach passengers (mostly locals) with the kitchen half reserved for the sleeping car(s) passengers. My porter was also the cook and the conductors were so...
by Scoring Guy
Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Museums, Tourist Lines, and Historical Organizations
Topic: Cuyahoga and Saratoga Tourist Line
Replies: 0
Views: 4441

Cuyahoga and Saratoga Tourist Line

Recently a friend and I rode the Cuyahoga Scenic Valley and Saratoga & North Creek tourist railroads and here are my thoughts: The Cuyahoga had a stunning fleet of Budd corrugated cars including a (24 seat) dome car (and another out of service). We had tickets for the dome car, but can't give them a...
by Scoring Guy
Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: Midwestern Railfan
Topic: Tunnels in Wisconsin
Replies: 19
Views: 21922

Re: Tunnels in Wisconsin

Adding to the record: The original Milwaukee tunnel, at (Greenfield) Tunnel City, WI, which was completed in 1858, collapsed in 1875 and a new tunnel was dug next two it, as shown in the photo from the Wisconsin Historical Society that is referenced in two of the postings.
by Scoring Guy
Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: Midwestern Railfan
Topic: Schofied, WI Trains
Replies: 1
Views: 4172

Re: Schofied, WI Trains

The best train action in the Schofield area, will be just a few miles south at the "Weston" electric power plant (right next to I-39 at exit 185). The Union Pacific supplies an almost daily supply of coal, but I don't know the schedule. The UP coals trains route to Wausau, is via the Proviso yard in...
by Scoring Guy
Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Midwestern Railfan
Topic: This Sunday, June 24
Replies: 1
Views: 3653

Re: This Sunday, June 24

The Marshalltown yard should be busy with both through and switching operations. There's a street bridge over the yard from which you can have good viewing.
by Scoring Guy
Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: Midwestern Railfan
Topic: Tunnels in Wisconsin
Replies: 19
Views: 21922

Re: Tunnels in Wisconsin

The "tunnel in the bluffs near La Crosse (circa 1858)" is certainly a reference to the tunnel at "Tunnel City" 40 miles east of La Crosse. This was the year the the La Crosse & Milwaukee Railroad opened between the two cities and that was the only tunnel on that line. From Tunnel City to La Crosse t...
by Scoring Guy
Wed Apr 25, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: Granger Railroads - C&NW, Rock Island, and MILW
Topic: Preserved MILW passenger cars?
Replies: 21
Views: 22382

Re: Preserved MILW passenger cars?

First of all, to answer my own question, (the last) Two of the "River" sleepers were produced with all square windows (i.e. sans the traditional Milwaukee oval windows) New Info: The collection at Charles City, Iowa just received the last remaining tap car of the Oly Hi, which may be the car referen...
by Scoring Guy
Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:06 am
Forum: Travel & Trip Reports
Topic: Accommodations before Amtrak
Replies: 4
Views: 8092

Re: Accommodations before Amtrak

Allow me to suggest a few additions to your list of pre-Amtrak streamlined accommodations: One of the more common was the DUPLEX room, which was a single room more compact than a Roomette, the duplex rooms had different floor levels allowing the rooms, and beds, to overlap slightly in order get more...
by Scoring Guy
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:34 am
Forum: Granger Railroads - C&NW, Rock Island, and MILW
Topic: Proper Description - C&NW Passenger Cars ~1950
Replies: 1
Views: 6572

Re: Proper Description - C&NW Passenger Cars ~1950

I can't speak to what's available on line.
I would contact the Chicago & North Western Historical Society. A recent issue of their quarter publication had a photo story of passenger service at Highland Park.

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