PlateMan From United States of America, joined May 2007, 915 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3814 times:
I enjoyed reading everyone's trip reports and realize the time and effort that you all put into them. I never have the patience to do one per se, but wanted to give back by sharing some rail pictures taken this past Sunday. I welcome your comments, questions, etc.
I now work full-time in Washington DC and really enjoy exploring the city. I for some reason always read traffic reports and noticed that Union Station was reporting celebrating its centennial celebration with an open house provided by Amtrak.
Realizing I could get there via all highways (and thus not have to sit in DC traffic), I said why the hell not and off I went to Union Station, located on Massachusetts Ave NE, right neat the U.S. Capitol, and near I-395, a spur road from Northern Virginia.
I got there and expected a train or two but what was there was amazing. Amtrak brought in equipment from around the country, opened the doors and invited the public to hop aboard. Nothing was off limits, the crew areas, kitchen, all open.
The trains were also working, in that you could play with light switches, water, etc. Tons of crew to answer questions as well.
Enough talking, I write for a living so excuse the wordiness and on to the important part, the pictures:
This was interesting. Memo published after the LA train disaster about use of cell phones on board by crew:
About to hop aboard a Superliner. They brought it a combo train of national equipment, bringing together numerous pieces not normally found together:
Kitchen aboard the superliners, big, but Amtrak's Exec Chef told me typically only one person working, a lot of food is pre-heated but steaks are grilled on board. He was really intresting to learn about food prep, but do not call it airline food, it offends them,
In the crew area, all aboard. Ignore the sign that says "DO NOT OPEN" or when you open it and have an Amtrak VP standing right there
Crew Rest Area on the Superliner:
Beds aboard, really cramped, I am standing at the door with no zoom:
Bed as couch during the day:
Still cramped, but a suite:
Private shower and bathroom, all in one:
General Acela Picture:
Acela Express First Class Car:
Acela snack bar:
Acela business class seating (normal)
You will never find me here;
MARC (Maryland Commuter Rail) was hooked on to an Amtrak train (try seeing that again)
1948 Ford Truck (restored)
They brought in really old locomotive. Had tours of old, luxury private trains, but the lines were too long and frankly, I wasan't intrested in them:
Tracks leading out of Union Station:
They had outside a brand-new few week old Metro bus in the new livery, but sadly my battery on the camera died. The new WMATA (Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) livery is really nice and the bus smelt nice and new. They also had a DC connector bus and 1948 bus...intresting.
MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6349 posts, RR: 50 Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3796 times:
You'd be surprised at how spacious those Superliner Bedrooms are actually if you travel in one. If you've never seen them before, yeah, they do appear sort of cramped. But it's still the most comfortable way to travel across the country.
57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2 Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 3643 times:
I wouldn't call an E-8A "very" old-they're old but many have been refitted to keep them in service. They're great locomotives for high speed passenger service-many are capable of 90+ mph as long as the track and signalling is good for that speed. The E series build by Electro Motive were one of a few designs that employed twin diesel motors. The Es are powered by two sixteen cylinder prime movers and can run on a single engine (at reduced speed) in a pinch.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."
747400sp From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3301 posts, RR: 2 Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3439 times:
Nice photos. I reasonly took a round trip on Amtrak from Newport News to Washington DC and back. Washington DC Union Station should not be called a train station, it should be called a mall! I was very impressed with Wastington DC station, but it a pan in the neck to find your way around.
KevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 50 Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 3320 times:
Quoting PlateMan (Thread starter): They brought in really old locomotive. Had tours of old, luxury private trains, but the lines were too long and frankly, I wasan't intrested in them:
Shame on you!
Quoting 57AZ (Reply 2): The E series build by Electro Motive were one of a few designs that employed twin diesel motors. The Es are powered by two sixteen cylinder prime movers and can run on a single engine (at reduced speed) in a pinch.
Hell yes! They powered the golden age of passenger rail travel. Seeing those E- units would have put chills up my spine and probably a tear in my eye. Thanks for including them in your post.
You'd be surprised at how spacious those Superliner Bedrooms are actually if you travel in one. If you've never seen them before, yeah, they do appear sort of cramped. But it's still the most comfortable way to travel across the country. Wink
True...but the bathroom is way too short and small....I'm 6'4 and..not to be too graphic, but my long legs didn't get along with the narrow walls come wiping time. Also, the shower pressure is about as good as the water dispenser on your refrigerator. It is great having a viewing car that's nearly always empty though....and going through Colorado is something everyone has to do once in their life, at a minimum!
Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 3): random gripe: why cant they cake debit cards on regional trains grumpy
Probably something to do with not being able to verify the PIN instantly? Should be able to work with debit cards with a Visa logo, however.
It can be a tight fit in there that's for sure. Perhaps if there's ever a new generation of LD passenger cars built this issue will be improved some. I think it's about time for a "Superliner 3" order.
Glid4500 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 587 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3156 times:
i particularly like the viewliner roometes. I wish the Viewliner sleeping cars were on routes that travel to the west coast....particularly like the toilet, folding sink, and in-room air conditioner/heater controls.