Amtrak’s Fallen THREE RIVERS

Amtrak’s THREE RIVERS, named for the three rivers that enter Pittsburgh, was begun on September 10, 1995 to replace a portion of the historic BROADWAY LIMITED. Running from the steel city to New York City, the train was extended over the rest of the route of the BROADWAY along the ex-B&O Willard Sub to Chicago on November 10, 1996. The train was mostly a mail carrier and made its voyage primarily during nightfall. Stops were established on most of the former BROADWAY locations except Garrett, Indiana. Ridership never was reasonably high, although this was caused by lack of comfortable equipment; the train carried mostly low-level short-distance cars such as Amfleet and Horizons. Full-dining service was never established and no Viewliners were used at first; four 10-6 sleepers were used until their waivers expired in 2001. The number of head-end cars outnumbered the passenger cars by a ratio of 3 to 1. The train made its final run on March 7, 2005.

Here are two rare videos of the THREE RIVERS at Fostoria , Ohio in the middle of the night in May, 2000. Note the large number of head-end cars. Note the Viewliner on the second train.


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Jim Jordan September 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Amtrak never could understand the passenger rail business. The last person that had a clue as to how a railroad should operate was Graham Claytor. It takes railroaders to operate a railroad NOT BEAN COUNTERS or LAWYERS.
If only we had any real politicians and railroaders that could make the public understand that the best form of passenger travel is by railroad. In the 1980’s we tried to put a passenger railroad together that ran from Salt Lake City to Denver over the UP. The only reason it didn’t happen was because of politicians that had no clue what could benefit the public,save money.

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