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Train Stations

Amtrak’s Ill-fated LAKE COUNTRY LIMITED

November 20, 2011

Amtrak’s Lake Country Limited was begun on April 15, 2000 to operate over the ex-Milwaukee Road “J” Line to Janesville, WI. It was started to tap into the freight service from the General Motors plant, as well as dried goods. However, they were required by law to carry a passenger car in the consist. Stops […]

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Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad

November 16, 2011
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The Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad was formed in 1982 by the Stephenson County Antique Engine Club, who specialize in antique engines for cars, water pumps, and of course, a steam locomotive. A 1912 Heisler was purchased from the Whitewater Valley Railroad and stored at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds on the south side of Freeport, […]

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Amtrak Service Resumes At Station in Minot

November 16, 2011

As reported by the Minot Daily News,  Amtrak will be resuming passenger service at Minot Station in North Dakota.  It will be the first time in over 4 months that the train will pick up passengers at this train station. At the end of June, the Souris River flooded and caused serious damage to the […]

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Amtrak’s HOOSIER STATE

November 11, 2011

After the devastating “Carter Cuts” on fiscal year, 1979, Indianapolis, Indiana became the largest city in the country without passenger service. Public pressure brought service in the way of Amtrak’s  HOOSIER STATE, which began operation on October 1, 1980. The train utilized the ex-PRR mainline to Colehour Junction, where it swung off onto the Bernice […]

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New York City’s Penn Station Needs an Overhaul

October 20, 2011

One of my least favorite parts about traveling to New York City is going through Penn Station.  And while other train stations across the US offer a clean, comfortable, and relaxing atmosphere, Penn Station is certainly anything but that. Penn Station of course is located below the famous Madison Square Garden which has hosted many […]

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Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station Continues to Impress

October 20, 2011

Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb, 30th street station in center city Philadelphia seemed as if it was a mythical place.  Whenever I would walk through the station with my father – I would stare up at the ceiling which always seemed as if it was 200 feet tall. In 2005, the New York Times […]

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