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by LI Loco
Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR)
Topic: LIRR mail trains
Replies: 23
Views: 3687

Re: LIRR mail trains

Mail service in the Long Island Rail Road ended in 1964. Two trains continued to carry baggage cars - one to Montauk and one to Greenport - till around 1970. Second-hand passenger cars were commonplace on the Long Island Rail Road. In the 1940s and 1950s, it acquired coaches and parlor cars from the...
by LI Loco
Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:41 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Politicians make Amtrak move Glenview stop out of downtown
Replies: 32
Views: 3518

Re: Politicians make Amtrak move Glenview stop out of downtown

Good point about the impact of stopped trains on public safety, Mr. Norman. My first job out of college was in Greenwood, SC. Up until the early 1970s, Greenwood's Main Street was bisected by the tracks of Seaboard Coast Line's (ex-Atlantic Coast Line, exx-Charleston & Western Carolina) Augusta - Sp...
by LI Loco
Tue Nov 17, 2009 12:26 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Railfanning Amtrak IN New York City
Replies: 74
Views: 7962

Re: Railfanning Amtrak IN New York City

Apology accepted. If you recall the movie "Casablanca," there's a scene where a Nazi officer asked Rick Blair (Humphrey Bogart) whether he could imagine the Germans in New York. Blair's reply is timeless: "Well there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn't advise you to try to invad...
by LI Loco
Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:28 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Railfanning Amtrak IN New York City
Replies: 74
Views: 7962

Re: Railfanning Amtrak IN New York City

I'm back. Tomorrow, I plan to do some photography along the Westside Line, just below the GWB. Are the photo angles good there, and how's the lighting. I would come to the spot via subway; A train. How safe is the neighborhood, in terms of walking to the park, from the closest A stop? NYC is not sa...
by LI Loco
Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:17 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Observation Cars - Retirement Question
Replies: 20
Views: 2677

Re: Observation Cars - Retirement Question

As a student at Syracuse University in the early 70s, I had seen ex-Seaboard obs cars frequently attached to the rear of one of the Empire Service trains - usually the first train out of GCT in the morning and and last returning train in the afternoon. This consist also included a baggage car, makin...
by LI Loco
Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Plans for High Speed Rail Between Chicago and Cleveland
Replies: 23
Views: 1895

Re: Plans for High Speed Rail Between Chicago and Cleveland

Reasons this market has potential (not necessarily in order): 1. Distance - approx. 340 miles 2. Terrain - generally flat, including one of the longest straightaways in the country. 3. Several sizable intermediate points that are potential traffic generators: Elyria/Lorain, Sandusky, Toledo, Elkhart...
by LI Loco
Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:41 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Great Intermediate City Stations
Replies: 41
Views: 3306

Re: Great Intermediate City Stations

In other words, New London and Hartford are probably the most significant Romanesque stations still in use in the Northeast. I think a handful of other major Romanesque style depots (Indianapolis and Portland, OR come to mind) are still in use elsewhere. Since none of other Northeast Corridor statio...
by LI Loco
Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak "wrong track" running
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: Amtrak "wrong track" running

Several years ago, I was aboard an NHRS excursion returning to Long Island from Connecticut. We took the eastbound main just before the bridge and while crossing Hell Gate we were passed by a faster-moving Amtrak train on the westbound main. I wonder how many times one passenger train passed another...
by LI Loco
Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Great Intermediate City Stations
Replies: 41
Views: 3306

Re: Great Intermediate City Stations

harrisburg, pa http://static.px.yelp.com/bphoto/f4d8FrRkg1vcUbFxtM84JA/l It more or less looks like that today here's the inside http://travel.webshots.com/photo/1359304472071559053GFoLIX Forgot about that one. Another great former PRR building is the Lancaster station, some 40 miles to the east.
by LI Loco
Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:05 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Great Intermediate City Stations
Replies: 41
Views: 3306

Re: Great Intermediate City Stations

from an architectural standpoint it's probably the most significant station on the NE Corridor That's a tall order when you have a list of candidates that includes Boston South Station, New Haven, Newark, 30th St. Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore and Washington Union. Please elucidate on why it ...
by LI Loco
Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:49 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak's Most Disappointing City Station
Replies: 70
Views: 7291

Re: Amtrak's Most Disappointing City Station

Some other candidates: Rochester, NY - a boxy standard Amtrak building that replaced a beautiful old NY Central station. Springfield, MA - see above Pittsfield, MA - an Amshack that replaced a beautiful old NY Central station. Pittsfield built a new transportation center, which (from the pictures, ...
by LI Loco
Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:17 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Great Intermediate City Stations
Replies: 41
Views: 3306

Re: Great Intermediate City Stations

Been to Syracuse. It leaves me cold, but it is a vast improvement over the station NY Central put up in the 1960s next to DeWitt Yard when they abandoned the beautiful art deco station on Erie Blvd. and sold the old passenger main to become what is now I-695.
by LI Loco
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:53 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Great Intermediate City Stations
Replies: 41
Views: 3306

Great Intermediate City Stations

We've discussed the best big city stations and the most disappointment stations. What about the stops along the way. Please post your recommendations of worthwhile Amtrak stations - either new construction or well-maintained (restored) older facilities - that are worth checking out. Here are some of...
by LI Loco
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:46 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak's Most Disappointing City Station
Replies: 70
Views: 7291

Re: Amtrak's Most Disappointing City Station

Some other candidates: Rochester, NY - a boxy standard Amtrak building that replaced a beautiful old NY Central station. Springfield, MA - see above Pittsfield, MA - an Amshack that replaced a beautiful old NY Central station. P.S. When Amtrak served Roanoke, the station was an Amshack instead of th...
by LI Loco
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:41 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Indianapolis to Cincinnati
Replies: 3
Views: 630

Re: Indianapolis to Cincinnati

I'd support converting the Cardinal service into a New York-Washington-Charleston-Cincinnati train with one caveat. I'd flip the schedule so it runs overnight between Washington and West Virginia. Granted this would mean the train would pass through the New River Gorge at night. However, it would pr...

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