• Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by STrRedWolf
 
west point wrote: Fri May 10, 2024 10:04 pm
STrRedWolf wrote: Fri May 10, 2024 10:04 am Read: We're putting newer equipment up there and swapping out stuff that's near end-of-life so we can get ready to scrap it.
Or sell them to Mexico for another 20 years of service?
Only the Budd equipment, because Budd don't break.
  by charlesriverbranch
 
I saw a Horizon car sitting at the Brunswick Amtrak facility just now. So, how did it get there? If it came off 448, did CSX haul it to Brunswick from Worcester?
  by STrRedWolf
 
charlesriverbranch wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 5:09 pm I saw a Horizon car sitting at the Brunswick Amtrak facility just now. So, how did it get there? If it came off 448, did CSX haul it to Brunswick from Worcester?
CSX wouldn't because it would of required running on a short line between Worcester and Ayer. Most likely they ran it by MIT on the Grand Junction branch.

Quick, someone run a geiger counter over it, see if the mad lads had some nuclear experiments going on. :grinning:
  by charlesriverbranch
 
There are two more Horizon cars sitting at Portland as part of a short train consisting of the two Horizons, an Amfleet coach, a locomotive, and a cabbage.
  by dowlingm
 
I thought Horizons didn’t like snow much? Doesn’t the Downeaster route get some?
  by theMainer
 
dowlingm wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 6:15 pm I thought Horizons didn’t like snow much? Doesn’t the Downeaster route get some?
They are kept in a heated facility when not in use so freezing shouldn't be an issue.
  by CSRR573
 
charlesriverbranch wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 5:09 pm I saw a Horizon car sitting at the Brunswick Amtrak facility just now. So, how did it get there? If it came off 448, did CSX haul it to Brunswick from Worcester?
48/448 to Southampton st, from Southampton to the MBTA northside/Maine via (usually) late night Amtrak extra over the grand junction. The crew from Maine usually gets to Southampton around 930pm
  by theMainer
 
CSRR573 wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 7:27 pm
charlesriverbranch wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 5:09 pm I saw a Horizon car sitting at the Brunswick Amtrak facility just now. So, how did it get there? If it came off 448, did CSX haul it to Brunswick from Worcester?
48/448 to Southampton st, from Southampton to the MBTA northside/Maine via (usually) late night Amtrak extra over the grand junction. The crew from Maine usually gets to Southampton around 930pm
Would this normally happen on nights when the Event Night train is running (1689 instead of 689/699) which would allow for the non-revenue cars to be attached to the last train going north?
  by NH2060
 
dowlingm wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 6:15 pm I thought Horizons didn’t like snow much? Doesn’t the Downeaster route get some?
After enduring so many brutally harsh Midwest winters for 30 years I think they’ll be able to handle the winters of coastal Maine without a problem even if they weren’t kept in the train shed overnight.

Only time will tell if the Venture/AIRO cars hold up as well.
  by CSRR573
 
theMainer wrote: Mon May 13, 2024 9:04 am
CSRR573 wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 7:27 pm
charlesriverbranch wrote: Sat May 11, 2024 5:09 pm I saw a Horizon car sitting at the Brunswick Amtrak facility just now. So, how did it get there? If it came off 448, did CSX haul it to Brunswick from Worcester?
48/448 to Southampton st, from Southampton to the MBTA northside/Maine via (usually) late night Amtrak extra over the grand junction. The crew from Maine usually gets to Southampton around 930pm
Would this normally happen on nights when the Event Night train is running (1689 instead of 689/699) which would allow for the non-revenue cars to be attached to the last train going north?
That I cant answer for you. When i go on duty at 4pm, I'm told there's a Maine move tonight and what is being brought down for repair/pm and what's getting sent up there.
  by MBTAVideoClips
 
They generally run the "Portland Extra" (as some call it) as it's own train I believe, though I have seen it run attached to the back of a Downeaster.
  by MEC407
 
May 31, 2024 marked the end of an era:

Amtrak locomotive engineer Erik Young, who has been running Downeaster trains since the service began, is retiring. His last two runs were yesterday on 688 and 689.

Anyone who knows Erik knows what a fine person he is... and if you're a frequent Downeaster rider, you've probably experienced his smooth-as-butter train handling. There's both a science and an art to running passenger trains, and Erik is a master of both.

Here's a photo by Michael Rodgers of Erik passing through Scarborough on his final 688 yesterday, with a special locomotive befitting the occasion:
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  by MBTAVideoClips
 
100 is with 90406. Quite the foamer set.
  by markhb
 
I rode 680 yesterday, and it had 100 providing the power. What's special about 90406?

(I didn't notice the power unit on 689 coming home, but I did note that the front of the cabbage looked like it had been in a collision.)
  by CSRR573
 
markhb wrote: Wed Jun 19, 2024 2:46 pm I rode 680 yesterday, and it had 100 providing the power. What's special about 90406?

(I didn't notice the power unit on 689 coming home, but I did note that the front of the cabbage looked like it had been in a collision.)
That must have been 90213. 90214 and 220 are in the shop at Southampton. Albany bondoed the whole front end of 213 about two years ago after a tree strike in Maine. 90406 is the former 406 that was used on the 40th anniversary set. It also has a caterpillar generator in the body unlike the other cabbages to provide power for the exhibition cars..
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