passenger getting off at
were 35 miles from
I was with the railfan who I met in the lounge car and one other person who called a taxi. The taxi eventually came. The three of us got into the taxi. The railfan was staying at a hotel a stones throw from my hotel where we went first. I checked in, but had difficulty getting into my room due to the key not working. I returned to the front desk and got it sorted out. I went to my room where I set the alarm on my phone for and called it a night.
got up at and got dressed. I went to the lobby for breakfast. After
breakfast, I walked to the Amtrak station. I initially looked for a bus stop,
but it was a nice morning, I walked to the Amtrak station. I knew a shuttle
would come at . An employee at the station thought I was going to
saw some railfans standing by the tracks. They thought I was going to
little while later, a
little while later, Amtrak train #73, one of two Piedmont departures to
I then photographed the train.
later, a driver for a free shuttle to the
I noticed former Amtrak F40PH #307 stored behind some cars in the museum. I would photograph it some point later. I also noticed they had locomotive and three coaches from equipment used on Amtrak's Piedmont service. The locomotive was F59PHi #1755 which was the locomotive that led the Piedmont train I rode back in 2010. I photographed the train.
then went to pick up my ticket for the event. I saw some private cars and an
Amfleet coach! It turned out to be the display train which I had seen in 2011
saw the only visiting steam locomotive:
I then went to the museum's large roundhouse and saw many pieces of railway equipment which I photographed.
then photographed various locomotives on display including Nickel Plate Alco PA
#190; an original
then photographed other exhibits at the museum. The
I then went to Amtrak's 40th anniversary train and took some photos inside and out.
checked out the
went inside one of the museum's buildings and photographed an exhibit from an
event two years ago where the 20 locomotives that
Meanwhile, the museum had started bringing the operational units out onto the turntable in front of the museum's roundhouse. I had missed a few. When I got there, the first unit I photographed was the museum's own E3 from the Atlantic Coast Line.
second unit was CB&Q E5 #9911 from the
The next unit was F7 #8016 from the Potomac Eagle Railway which is presently painted in C&O colours.
next unit was SOO Line F7 #2500 which was originally a demonstrator. It had
performed so well on the SOO, they bought it. #2500 is from a railroad museum
next unit was former CN FPA-4 #6789 which has been restored to its as delivered
livery. #6789 came from the
Next was Pan Am Railways #1 from their business train. This locomotive was originally a CN FP9 that went to VIA before VIA retired it and sold it to a tourist line. Pan Am Railways swapped it and a sister for two of their own locomotives,
The next locomotive displayed on the turntable was Southern FP7 #6133 which is part of the museum's collection.
The next locomotive was PRR E8 #5711. This locomotive and sister #5809 were two of three E8s from Conrail's business train. They had brought three private cars to accompany them. The next two days, #5809 would lead the private cars on a special to Charlotte and back.
The next unit was Southern E8 #6900 which is the third streamline unit in the museum's own collection. #6900 had been recently refurbished at Norfolk Southern's shop before returning to the museum.
A helicopter owned by a private society was flying over the museum. They were offering museum visitors a chance to fly over the museum for $50. I photographed the helicopter as it flew above the next locomotive to be displayed on the turntable which was Erie E8 #833 which was also part of Conrail's business train.
The next unit displayed was Norfolk Southern F9 #4271 which is part of the railway's business train and part of an A-B-B-A set. The other A-unit; #4270 was also at the museum but the two B units were not. The units used to be part of a dinner train out of St. Louis that had gone under. I saw the units in their dinner train livery from the Northbound Texas Eagle on my Arizona trip.
next unit displayed was F3 #664 which is painted in
I then found Doyle McCormick and had a brief chat with him. In addition to the Nickel Plate #190, he also maintains SP Daylight steam locomotive #4449 which is undergoing its 1472 day inspection. I asked which unit would run first; 4449 or 190. He said it wasn't sure.
Here's Doyle McCormick himself.
then photographed Reading F7 #284 which was originally a Chicago Northwestern
locomotive. It is owned by a society in
At one point, I stopped for lunch at a food truck visiting the museum for the event. The next locomotive displayed on the turntable was Iowa Pacific E8 #4035.
10 minutes later, the #190 was pulled onto the turntable by a small diesel switcher.
the museum started their train rides. Today, the train would be pulled and
pushed by E8 #4035 and Wabash F7 #1189. The #1189 was the last F-unit built in
filmed the train departing on its next run. I then walked through the Piedmont
trainset on display. I photographed a Milwaukee Road business car as well as
then caught the shuttle back to
I then filmed train #76 departing. I decided to walk back to my hotel. I photographed buses used by Salisbury Transit which are 35 foot Orion 7s.
I then photographed a mural and a van painted in the SP Daylight livery.
I then walked to my hotel. I stopped at Taco Bell for dinner. I also stopped at a Family Dollar and bought some milk.
When I got back to my hotel room, I watched TV and worked on this report some more. I set the alarm on my phone for and called it a night.
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