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Re: "Vermonter" Bellows Falls, VT (video)

Postby jonnhrr » Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:44 pm

Didn't the Vermonter used to stop at Bellows Falls?
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Re: "Vermonter" Bellows Falls, VT (video)

Postby Dick H » Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:00 pm

All Vermonters do stop at Bellows Falls. The video producer either did not record the
stops or chose to edit out that footage. Most of the footage was concentrated on the
tunnel south of the station. Thanks to Steve Barry for the photo.
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Re: "Vermonter" Bellows Falls, VT (video)

Postby Allouette » Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:20 pm

The next photo to the right in the series (4294) is a view of a northbound Vermonter crossing the Connecticut between Bellows Falls VT and North Walpole NH. The signal in the background is at the Bellows falls diamond.
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Amtrak No. 48 With 8 Private Cars (video)

Postby ut-1 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:18 am

The eastbound Lake Shore had eight private cars in its consist yesterday.

Here it is leaving Utica, NY about 2:30 yesterday afternoon:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_QFJplVr2M&t=1s
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Re: Amtrak No. 48 With 8 Private Cars (video)

Postby JimBoylan » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:28 am

There's an Observation car mixed in with the Private cars. Is that the order in which the New River Train was run?
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Re: Amtrak No. 48 With 8 Private Cars (video)

Postby jhdeasy » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:43 am

JimBoylan wrote:There's an Observation car mixed in with the Private cars. Is that the order in which the New River Train was run?


There are two observation cars among the eight PVs in this video - ALEXANDER HAMILTON and KITCHI GAMMI CLUB. Both of these cars operated midtrain in the 2018 NRT.

There was an open platform observation car, properly pointed, on both ends of the 2018 NRT. The two observation cars were DEARING (west end of the consist) and TIOGA PASS (east end of the consist).
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Re: Amtrak No. 48 With 8 Private Cars (video)

Postby John_Perkowski » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:37 pm

Jack, how long do you think Amtrak will allow HW cars on the line?
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Re: Amtrak No. 48 With 8 Private Cars (video)

Postby jhdeasy » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:32 pm

John_Perkowski wrote:Jack, how long do you think Amtrak will allow HW cars on the line?


I'm not aware of any expected limitations on the operation of heavyweight private cars on the Amtrak system.

Heavyweight private cars FEDERAL (class of 1911), NAVY INSPECTION CAR 118 (class of 1914), and FRANCIS L. SUTER (class of 1914) are currently certified for 110 MPH operation on Amtrak. As you know, there are a number of other heavyweight private cars from the 1920s and 1930s.

Almost all of the Amtrak certified heavyweight private cars are open platform observation cars; KITCHI GAMMI CLUB is one exception that comes to mind. What the owners of open platform observation cars (heavyweight and lightweight) are most concerned about now is Amtrak's anticipated system safety directive applicable to private cars. Car owners' concern is that Amtrak will completely ban riding on open observation platforms on any Amtrak train at any speed. The AAPRCO and RPCA position is that riding an open observation platform should be allowable at speeds of 79 MPH or less, with all riders seated, wearing eye protection, with no beverages on the platform, and with no one leaning out beyond the side plane of the car. AAPRCO and RPCA also do not object to Amtrak's restriction, in the name of safety, on riding an open observation platform anywhere on the Northeast Corridor, in view of the high speed of many trains - the train handling the private car as well as other passing trains.
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Re: Amtrak No. 48 With 8 Private Cars (video)

Postby Gilbert B Norman » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:46 pm

jhdeasy wrote: .....all riders seated, wearing eye protection, with no beverages on the platform, and with no one leaning out beyond the side plane of the car.

Well Mr. Deasy, since our years of riding "The Cannonball" were contemporaneous, was anyone concerned about being on the Open Platform with a Scotch and Soda in hand?🤩
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Re: Amtrak No. 48 With 8 Private Cars (video)

Postby scoostraw » Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:51 pm

That must have been some long walk for passengers to board at Chicago.
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Vermonter , Bellows Falls (video)

Postby ut-1 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:38 pm

Here's a short video made today featuring a few glimpses of Bellows Falls and the southbound Vermonter passing through the village's 1840's-era tunnel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0EGhQ8KCCQ
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Re: Amtrak No. 48 With 8 Private Cars (video)

Postby jhdeasy » Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:08 am

scoostraw wrote:That must have been some long walk for passengers to board at Chicago.


Amtrak could have placed the 8 cars on the head end of the train, behind the power and ahead of the baggage car, if they wanted to do that. That would have required some adiitional switching work in the yard at CHI, and it may have required some additional switching at ALB.

Many years ago I took MOUNT VERNON from BOS to CHI on 449; we were right behind the locomotives for the entire trip. Not a great location, with lots of horn noise. We also ran over some debris on the tracks in Indiana, which damaged one of the disc brake rotors on the car. We lost one day, bad ordered, while the defect was repaired in the Amtrak shop.

I wonder if the Boston cars (448) were on/off the platform at CHI, or if the Massachusetts bound passengers had to walk thru several cars to get to their car when boarding at CHI.
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Re: Post Amtrak Videos and Photos Here

Postby John_Perkowski » Sun Nov 18, 2018 1:14 pm

All,

If your photo or video has something to do with a topic already existing, by all means post it there.

IF, HOWEVER, you video is more akin to: Here’s some neat footage I shot of 3 and 4 at Raton today,
Then please post it here.

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Re: Post Amtrak Videos and Photos Here

Postby Rockingham Racer » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:27 pm

Where's "here"?
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Re: Post Amtrak Videos and Photos Here

Postby chuchubob » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:00 am

Rockingham Racer wrote:Where's "here"?

This thread.

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