Uniq. Eqpmt Sightings: Private Varnish (PV's), Charters, etc

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Re: Unique Equipment Sightings Thread

Post by GOLDEN-ARM » Sat Jul 26, 2008 1:09 am

Couple of cell phone shots, of the Sierra Hotel, at PDX, after being set over, on spot, Depot track #1.

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Post by AgentSkelly » Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:56 pm

GOLDEN-ARM wrote:Couple of cell phone shots, of the Sierra Hotel, at PDX, after being set over, on spot, Depot track #1.

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For a second there, I thought it was some sort of MBTA Fantasty Car :)
New Westminster to Amtrak 516, whats up with the extra 4 axles, over?

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Post by GOLDEN-ARM » Mon Jul 28, 2008 9:38 pm

That's what you fantasize about, huh?........... :P Todays train had "5" Pv cars in the consist! Well, maybe not real PV's, but here's the deal. Train 27 departed Pasco with a 5 car consist, and 5 PV's as well. When I got to PDX, it was too dark for pix, but I recorded the following details:

BNSF-30 "Glacier View"
BNSF-28 "Mountain View"
BNSF-1 (no name, but a painted out "Gerald Grinstein" was on the nameplate)
BNSF-50 "Stampede Pass"
BNSF 64 "Marias Pass"

They were entrained in that order, and other than a few attendants, they seemed empty. They were left on Depot 4, with further movement not mentioned. This consist was almost as big as the Coast Starlight, copmplete with a pair of P-42's. They ran great, and the stopping power of those extra brakes was suprising. Regards..... :-D

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Post by jscola30 » Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:26 pm

The GN passenger car is still in the South Station yard.

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Post by AgentSkelly » Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:38 pm

GOLDEN-ARM wrote:That's what you fantasize about, huh?........... :P Todays train had "5" Pv cars in the consist! Well, maybe not real PV's, but here's the deal. Train 27 departed Pasco with a 5 car consist, and 5 PV's as well. When I got to PDX, it was too dark for pix, but I recorded the following details:

BNSF-30 "Glacier View"
BNSF-28 "Mountain View"
BNSF-1 (no name, but a painted out "Gerald Grinstein" was on the nameplate)
BNSF-50 "Stampede Pass"
BNSF 64 "Marias Pass"

They were entrained in that order, and other than a few attendants, they seemed empty. They were left on Depot 4, with further movement not mentioned. This consist was almost as big as the Coast Starlight, copmplete with a pair of P-42's. They ran great, and the stopping power of those extra brakes was suprising. Regards..... :-D
Gerald Grinstein was the CEO of BN and then later Delta Airlines .
New Westminster to Amtrak 516, whats up with the extra 4 axles, over?

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Re: Unique Equipment Sightings Thread

Post by CSX Conductor » Tue Jul 29, 2008 8:00 pm

jscola30 wrote:The best was tonight around quarter to ten. On one of the tracks, two yard switchers, one of the presumbable Metro North locos in New Haven scheme (not the F units, sorry I'm a steam guy), and a Genesis.
I saw this consist too, at about 830pm in South Station. That loco in New Haven paint is a ConnDot unit, usually used on the ShoreLine East commuter trains between New Haven & Old Saybrook,CT. Not sure where the set was going, possibly the diesel shops in Albany.

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Re: Unique Equipment Sightings Thread

Post by Matt Johnson » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:20 pm

I saw a 13 car Regional led by two AEM-7's stop at Metropark at about 10 pm on August 7. It's pretty rare to see a Regional longer than 9 or 10 cars.

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Post by jscola30 » Sat Aug 09, 2008 11:17 am

I think I saw this train in Boston yesterday.

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Post by CSX Conductor » Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:25 pm

This afternoon there was an old green six-axle private car on track 8 at South Station. The lettering above the windows on the sides of the car read "The Patron Tequila Express".

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Post by CSX Conductor » Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:20 pm

I found a picture of the above mentioned car.

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Post by Matt Johnson » Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:28 pm

Over the last few months I've caught glimpses of a Heritage diner that appears to be painted, usually racing past at 110 mph on the Silver Star or Silver Meteor. It's almost the stainless steel color, but I was pretty sure it looked like the body was painted. Well, I managed to find a youtube video that shows this car. Not great quality, unfortunately, but you can see what I'm talking about...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq-FpM_Bi8w

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Re: Unique Equipment Sightings Thread

Post by Gilbert B Norman » Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:55 pm

Mr. Johnson, the Heritage Diner you note is one of six ex-Northern Pacific delivered during 1958 making such the last Diner to be delivered to any US road. It is Budd stainless construction, but has always been painted - first in NP two tone Green, then BN Forest Green, and finally in what Amtrak calls "Platinum Mist".

However, BNSF has retained one such car, NP 459, for "executrain" service, and have named such Lake Superior. Note that they have sheathed the car with polished Stainless Steel.

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Re: Unique Equipment Sightings Thread

Post by RedSoxSuck » Mon Aug 11, 2008 7:47 pm

Matt Johnson wrote:I saw a 13 car Regional led by two AEM-7's stop at Metropark at about 10 pm on August 7. It's pretty rare to see a Regional longer than 9 or 10 cars.
If it is the train I think it was, it was a combined train, as an earlier one was cancelled. I don't have the details on hand right now...

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Re: Unique Equipment Sightings Thread

Post by JimBoylan » Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:48 pm

Sorry, the mail arrived with my refund after I posted the below news. The trip has been canceled because arrangements couldn't be made with Amtrak.

L & N Business Car 353 "Ohio River" should be running NY-PBG and back Sat. - Sun. 8/16-7, possibly on the Pennsylvanian. Business Class on those trains is sold out, so maybe it will pick up some fares. I already bought 2 tickets. Call Morristown & Erie RR to buy your own.
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Re: Unique Equipment Sightings Thread

Post by CSX Conductor » Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:02 pm

There were new pictures posted of the "Patron Tequila Express" today on NERAIL and when I looked at the (temporary)circular sign on the rear I caught a web-site. Here's a link to the tour dates. :wink:

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