All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by STrRedWolf » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:54 pm

I think this is the best fit here...

Turns out a group, Atlantic Rail Tours LLC of South Carolina, was getting together an add-on excursion on the Pennsy, in time for Pittsburgh's Anthrocon this year:

https://dogpatch.press/2019/04/01/anthrotracks/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Anthrotracks will take place aboard beautifully restored and maintained mid-20th-century railcars that will be carried on a round-trip from New York City to Pittsburgh — departing New York westbound on July 4 and returning east on July 8 — coupled to Amtrak’s Pennsylvanian train, which plies the route daily in both directions and is financially supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. The chartered railcars are owned or managed by the Morristown and Erie Railway, a short line railroad in northern New Jersey. In addition to New York, passengers will also be able to board westbound and alight eastbound at Newark and Trenton, N.J. and Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa.

Those wishing to travel with Anthrotracks can choose between private sleeping car accommodations — a roomette for a solo traveler or a double bedroom shared by two passengers — and comfortable day seating in a lounge or parlor car. Those reserving sleeping accommodations will be able to use the railcars as their lodging for four nights while they are stationary at Pittsburgh’s Amtrak station, which is conveniently located three blocks from the Lawrence Convention Center. Both sleeping car and day passengers will have unlimited access to the activity cars and food and beverages are included in the ticket price for both classes of service.
Note I said *was*. They couldn't pull it off this year but aims for 2020:

From https://anthrotracks.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;:
Thank you for your interest in Anthrotracks. After going over the numbers several times, lengthy discussions among our team, and consulting with trusted advisors, we have reached the difficult decision not to move forward with Anthrotracks 2019 (a chartered railcar excursion to/from Pittsburgh for Anthrocon 2019). However, this is not the end of Anthrotracks as an idea — rather, we hope it is only the beginning.

We apologize for any inconvenience to anyone who may have made plans to travel or stay with us for Anthrocon 2019. If any payments were made, a full refund will be issued.
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by jhdeasy » Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:00 am

The planned early July charter from New York to Pittsburgh and return, for Anthrocon 2019, was to be:

BIRKEN (M&E Railway)
PASSAIC RIVER (M&E Railway)
PACIFIC HOME (National Passenger Car Repair LLC)
PACIFIC UNION (Webb Rail LLC)
MOUNT VERNON (Dominion Rail Voyages LLC)

Amtrak, M&E Railway and participating private car owners were supportive of the client’s request, and spent considerable time in discussing how to best operate this movement. However, in the end it did not work out financially. It appears there were not a sufficient number of convention attendees who were willing to spend their money on private car travel and lodging. Maybe they would rather spend their $ on another animal costume to wear.

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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by STrRedWolf » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:10 pm

Doubtful (for a few reasons).

I think the group would need to reach out to Anthrocon proper to get more marketing going, which if they aim for 2020, would work in their favor. I barely heard about it on Twitter twice (once a month in advance, and then just now).

Also, let's switch to the average furry going to con: the trip/place to stay/etc would of been around $1200 from 30th street to Pittsburgh (in other words, a hotel on rails, and yes I checked when they were offering). An average costume ("fursuit") is at least $3000. Staying in an actual hotel? Let me check, I had to book the Omni... $180-$200/night (4 nights being $800), but since I'm staying Wed to Tues, $1070 in total.

Yeaaaaahhh... $800 for four days, and I can spend $400 on food and goodies at the con, over $1200 and I still have to spend cash for food and goodies, but at least I can crawl into bed at 2am after the last party of the convention and NOT miss the ride home? These are not rich folk on average.

But we're getting off track. I kinda wonder how much the cost would have been in total, and what the capacity was on each car.
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by rcthompson04 » Thu May 16, 2019 7:58 pm

I have seen the Pennsylvanian being pulled eastbound a couple times recently in Chester County with a ACS-64 in front and a Genesis right behind it. Is this just some equipment moving tactic or a Genesis issue?

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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by CNJGeep » Thu May 16, 2019 8:01 pm

If it is a P42 that does not have working PTC, they will put an ACS in front of it Harrisburg east.
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by STrRedWolf » Thu May 16, 2019 8:41 pm

Would they drop the ACS at Harrisburg going westbound (P42 leading, but controlling the ACS to Harrisburg)? Or would it be leading none the less?
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Re: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West

Post by Backshophoss » Mon May 20, 2019 2:31 am

P-40/42's that are not normally used on the NEC may not have ACSES gear installed.others made be rigged for ITCS and cannot lead in I-ETMS territory.
NS is I-ETMS territory.

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