Pittsburgh Commuter Rail - PATrain

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Postby MetraRy » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:48 pm

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Postby Otto Vondrak » Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:03 am

The two ex-PAT F's 6690 and 6691 are now at the Railroad Museum of New England, leased from CDOT.
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Postby RRRoamer » Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:36 am

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I took those the other day. Thats the abandoned College Station in Beaver Falls
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Postby ljeppson » Tue Apr 22, 2008 5:48 pm

I have a Green Frog tape entitled 'Rails to Steel City" in which the PAT trains are strongly featured. It shows a lot of them. You might watch for it. I'll watch it tonight so as to tell you when service ended.
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Postby ljeppson » Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:21 am

Well, I had a look at the tape. I had forgotten how entertaining it is. One thing, it's nearly 20 years old so you probably won't find a copy. According to the narration, service ended April 1989. By that time the service was down to 750 passengers a day. Given the service density, the push-pull sets must have been running practically empty. Service was from Pittsburgh to Versailles (pr Ver-Sales). The station used in Pitt was the old B&O Grants street station. The push-pull sets consisted of 4 cars (including cab car) plus an F7. The livery was an attractive brown, cream, and orange. Service was provided in the Mon Valley. It's a good tape if you can find it.
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Re: Pittsburgh Commuter Rail - PATrain

Postby russp » Tue Jul 01, 2008 11:32 pm

To answer an earlier question, the last Pennsylvania RR Pittsburgh commuter trains ran on November 27, 1964.
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Re: Pittsburgh Commuter Rail - PATrain

Postby Mitch » Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:50 am

An indication of the Pittsburgh way of moving daily riders is the Panhandle (Old PRR mainline for thems just learnin' to shave) being paved and made into a busway. Of course in P'burgh they think a Mag-Lev from Monroeville to the Airport is a great idea. Plenty-o-dough for that.

I think we should pave Turtle Creek and the Mon River and make that a busway. Or am I just an old romantic river fan?
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Re: Pittsburgh Commuter Rail - PATrain

Postby MACTRAXX » Sun Jan 04, 2009 9:56 am

Gardendance: The Amtrak "Fort Pitt" ran between PGH-ALT from April 24,1981 to January 30,1983.
The Pennsylvanian schedule was set up to allow an AM W,PM E "Fort Pitt" to operate with either an equipment or engine wye at PGH.
The equipment would overnight and be serviced at ALT.
That was back in the days when the Pennsylvanian was just a 2-car Amfleet train.
I believe it was an experimental set-up with PennDot allowing the extra PGH-ALT service.
With the longer train operated today along with extended WB service towards Cleveland dedicated commuter equipment would be a better bet for a "Fort Pitt"
revival should issues be worked out with NS-The HAR-PGH line could well support more then one RT per day between those points.
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Re: Pittsburgh Commuter Rail - PATrain

Postby Smtimko » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:36 pm

I was looking through this old post for the P&LE date of discontinuance and I noted questions about the PRR service.

The last PRR commuter trains in Pittsburgh were discontinued the day after Thanksgiving in 1964-----November 27, 1964.

I rode a train from Freeport to Pittsburgh, returning from Pittsburgh to Garvers Ferry on the other side of the river, walking across the bridge to retrieve my car that day.

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