• Fifty Years of Amtrak: Your best memories

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

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  by jonnhrr
Wow it's hard to pick one.

1980 my first trip with my new bride who also loves trains (that's why I married her!) from Paoli PA to Altoona and back same day on the Pennsylvanian with a friendly crew. Must have been September or early October as I remember having a radio with us with the volume turned down, listening to the Phillies play the Houston Astros in the NLCS for the chance to face the Royals in the World Series.

The following year the Montrealer to its namesake city to connect with VIA's Atlantic then RDC connection to Sydney NS. Coach on the way up; we were wiser on the way back and managed to get a sleeper.

Probably my favorite trip was a 1985 company trip to Davenport IA to deal with a problem with one of our computer systems. I had flown out one way as I didn't know when I'd be returning. Once the problems were resolved I decided to treat myself and return on the Broadway. It didn't start out well - the flight I was on was canceled due to equipment issues but I was able to scramble and get the last seat to ORD on a competing airline. Got to Chicago in time to board a roomette in a Heritage 10-6 sleeper. Sipping a glass of wine as we raced through the Chicago suburbs. A glimpse of the doomed Amtrak commuter train at Valparaiso. At that time the Broadway was combined with the Capitol Limited as far as Pittsburgh and also had a dome in the consist, so had the unique experience riding the dome across Indiana. Dinner in the diner, nothing could be finer, then in the morning a nice breakfast with all the trimmings as we cruised through Western PA. The spectacular view of Horseshoe curve.

Not as many trips in later years, a few on the corridor such as 2 BOS - NYP on the Acela. A couple of years ago we went to Chicago on the Lake Shore Limited to visit my son who was out there at the time. First experience in the Viewliner, nice. Dining car wasn't what it used to be but OK. Attendant on the Boston sleeper was outstanding.
  by scratchyX1
I remember going to philly from BWI by metroliner when I was 13. We were able to stand at the backdoor, and watch the countryside woosh by.
Also an event in the 80s where there was a test trip of LRC from union station to landover and back. Anyone recall what that would have been?
  by FatNoah
I've got a few...
  • First "real" train trip from Plattsburgh to Montreal and back with my grandfather in the 80's
  • Acela trip back to Boston after getting engaged in NYC. Train was full with no seats together, but about 15 people offered seats for us to sit together.
  • Wine & Cheese with Gene Shallit on the Lake Shore Limited as we departed Chicago. He must have been a regular, because he greeted EVERY SINGLE Amtrak person by name, from the conductors to the baggage handlers in Albany when he detrained.
  • Unknowingly scheduling a trip from Orlando to Boston that arrived in DC on Obama's first inauguration day. Coach and cafe were basically a rolling party (in a good way) for the whole trip
  • Taking my son on his first big-boy train ride from BOS to PVD and back. He was soooo excited.
  by Greg Moore
I never ran into him on the LSL, but yes, many have commented over the years about meeting him o the LSL.
  by umtrr-author
I'll contribute: A family trip from NYC to Boston and back on the Turbotrain. Yes, that one! I was a young teen then. Once we found out it was possible to ride in the "dome" at the front of the train we spent the rest of the trip there. Nixon resigned the presidency the night before we headed back and Gerald Ford became President while we were in Rhode Island. We briefly detrained at Providence so that we could say we set foot in Rhode Island.
  by rohr turbo
I've had many great trips. Some that come to mind:

Talking my way into a cab ride on my beloved Turboliner as we exceeded 100 mph between ALB and SDY through a snowstorm, early 80s.

Football charter New Haven to Boston for The Game 1982. Gigantic milk crates full of Bloody Marys in the luggage racks insured we were all well-lubricated and singing our lungs out upon arrival.

CZ then Capitol Ltd from Pacific to Atlantic coasts, summer '83 . Three nights in coach, but I didn't care. Donner Pass, panoramic lightning storms crossing Nevada in new Sightseer Lounge, fresh trout onboarded in Colorado for the diner, midnight ride in a Heritage dome. A great trip.

Loaner ICE train Wash-NYP before boarding QE2 for my honeymoon.

Two vacations via Superliner family bedroom with our 4 kids : LA then Anaheim(Disney) and Whitefish (Yellowstone).
  by Gilbert B Norman
Volks, I got to ride all too many of the "Great Trains" such as the Super, Century, City of LA, Broadway, Panama, Merchants Limited during the '50's and '60's to have too many fond memories of "Amtrak @ 50". I guess I'm sort of like as was DPM on that point.

Nevertheless reiterating my earlier post; first ride; MILW (Amtrak) #7 Empire Builder CHI-MKE; A-day.

Most recent: #52 (26 JAN 20 - day Kobe Bryant was killed) SFA-LOR