Trains February 2019


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clybourn, chicago

CHICAGO’S SKYLINE has long been a coveted backdrop for rail photographers, and the signature building in that skyline is the 1,450-foot, 110-story Willis Tower. Still widely known by its former name, the Sears Tower, it was the world’s tallest building at the time of its completion in 1974. Visible for miles, the tower can be incorporated into rail photos all over the Chicago area, but is probably most familiar in shots from train-watching haven Roosevelt Road [see “Chicago’s Legendary Roosevelt Road,” July 2013]. Lesser known, but also offering Willis Tower as a backdrop, is Metra’s Clybourn station, where the Union Pacific North and UP Northwest lines split, and it’s possible to get a shot where the building is right behind the train. To me, this combination of Metra train and landmark…

1 min
in brief

Presidential funeral train facts UNION PACIFIC NO. 4141 is a 2005-built SD70ACe painted to honor former President George H.W. Bush. The railroad dedicated it in a ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University. Bush’s funeral consist included: No. 4141 and SD70ACe No. 9096; UP power car 2066; dome car City of Portland; dome car City of San Francisco; baggage car Council Bluffs, carrying Bush’s casket; business car Lone Star; dome car Harriman; diner Overland; sleeping car Portola; diner City of Denver; dome car Walter Dean; and business car Kenefick. The trip lasted 2 hours, 43 minutes. Before Bush, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER was the most recent U.S. president to have a funeral train, in 1969. It traveled 2,804 miles from Washington, D.C., to Abilene, Kan., his hometown,…

2 min
amtrak still faces ptc hurdles

AMTRAK SAID IN MID-NOVEMBER it will have “performed and implemented operational risk mitigations” prior to the Dec. 31, 2018, deadline on about 5,000 miles of host-railroad track without positive train control. Those miles have been granted Federal Railroad Administration waivers from PTC requirements (about 1,500 miles) or delays in implementation. Exactly what form these “risk mitigations” might take — and who will pay any resulting costs if they are needed on a state-supported route — has not been spelled out. They likely will depend upon the type of dispatching and/or signal system on routes not required to have PTC. In New England, the Vermonter and Ethan Allen have run safely for years under track-warrant authority over portions of their route without automatic block signals. Maine’s Downeasters require PTC in high-traffic Massachusetts…

4 min
railroad attraction directory

STEP BACK IN TIME to experience the golden age of railroading. North America’s railroad museums and tourist lines provide affordable fun for the whole family! Plan your complete vacation with visits to these leading attractions. For information on advertising in this section, call Mike Yuhas toll-free at 888-558-1544, Ext 625. COLORADO Leadville LEADVILLE COLORADO & SOUTHERN 326 East 7th May 26 – June 15 1:00pm. June 16 – August 17 10:00am & 2:00pm. August 18 – October 7 weekdays 1:00pm, weekends 10:00am & 2:00pm. Spectacular trip travels into the high Rocky Mountains, the railroad follows old C&S roadbed & 1893 restored depot. Family friendly, pets allowed. For more info visit our web site. 1-866-386-3936 FLORIDA Fort Myers Murder Mystery Dinner Train SEMINOLE GULF RAILWAY 1-75 exit 136 at Colonial Blvd. Enjoy a comical murder mystery show while our chef prepares your…

3 min
‘it’s over when he stands up’

AUGUST 1972. I was just hired by Carl Leonard, area sales manager at the Illinois Central in Chicago. The merger with the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio to create Illinois Central Gulf was weeks away and my starting date was mid-September, after a honeymoon in Europe. After completing the six-week sales training program I was assigned a territory on the west side of the city and out toward Glenn Yard — the major former GM&O terminal in Chicago. The merger brought major consolidations and cutbacks in service. Gino Pontello and I had adjacent sales territories, and we were seeing customers fleeing at a sickening rate. It would not be long before both of us were on the street looking for new jobs, unless something was done quickly. We went to our boss and,…

12 min
modern and spectacular

A visit to Letchworth State Park in western New York takes visitors into the shadows of one of today’s most visually documented railroad projects in the Northeast: Norfolk Southern’s Genesee Arch Bridge. At 963 feet long and 235 feet above the Upper Falls of the Genesee River, the modern arch viaduct spans a gorge steeped in history and abundant natural beauty. As early railroads expanded, and crossed uncharted terrains, getting from point A to point B was achieved in the most cost-effective manner, rarely considering the impact to nature. The new arch bridge’s construction, by contrast, is elaborate, eco-conscious, and sleek. It is built on an alignment 75 feet south of an older bridge from 1875 and is a single-track crossing with a ballast-filled concrete deck. The main span is a 483-foot-long…