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Photos Taken On Amtrak's Capitol Limited
Shortly before departing Washington Union Station, Train #29 - The Capitol Limited is seen with GE P42DC #157
for power, the same engine that brought the Silver Meteor here from Florida this morning!
Looking north from the platform at Union Station at the start of the Northeast Corridor!
Moving away from the Northeast Corridor and onto CSX tracks, the corridor tracks are in the far right of this photo.
Amtrak Northeast Regional Train #145 arriving in Washington as our train heads west away from the corridor. Train #145 has ACS-64 #614
for power and the train will be heading to Lynchburg, VA after an engine change at Union Station.
Crossing over Riggs Rd. NE in Washington, DC. KFC sounds pretty good right now!
The sun sets rather early since we no longer have daylight savings time. This was taken just past Rockville, MD.
An abandoned switch tower near Point Of Rocks, MD.
Passing the former B&O (now MARC) station at Point Of Rocks, MD.
Another view of Point Of Rocks Station, I wonder if those chairs belonged to a couple railfans???
Now just past the Point Of Rocks Station, the line we're on (CSX Metropolitan Sub, formerly the B&O Metropolitan Branch)
merges with the CSX Old Main Line Sub (Former B&O) that serves Baltimore.
One of the main lines goes through this tunnel at Point Of Rocks.
Paralleling the Potomac River heading towards Harpers Ferry, WV, now after sunset.
It's dinner time on the Capitol Limited! Here we have the side salad, Amtrak's new and improved side salad to be exact! Though now sold as a separate item
(it's still included in your meal though if you're in a Sleeping Car) it's a bigger portion and it has more veggies in it, and there's a never ending supply of
some of the best salad dressings on earth, Newman's Own!!!
And here is Amtrak's Signature Steak with garlic mashed potatoes and a vegetable medley. Yes, I'd eat several steaks on this trip but I'm
on vacation and rarely eat steaks any other time of the year (unless I pay someone else to make it for me as I'm a lousy cook!).
Now taking a break at Cumberland, MD.
Cumberland is a crew change point for the engineer of this train so there's actually a double-stop here, the first for the job briefing
and the second is the passenger stop, and a smoking break was permitted here.
Now having arrived early in Pittsburgh, PA, I had ample time to take several night photos. The next five photos you see here are Manual HDR images
with this one being our train under the covered platform at the Pittsburgh Amtrak Station. Who ever said you needed "daylight" for photography???
GE P32-8BWH #513, still in Phase IV paint is the power for tomorrow's Train #42 - The Pennsylvanian which runs between here and New York Penn Station.
The end of our train which had a deadheading Superliner II Sleeping Car, this time, car #32108.
A wide view of both the Capitol Limited to the right and a small part of the Pennsylvanian to the left with the station entrance in the middle.
I gotta wonder how old that sign in the middle of the photo is with what looks like a Turboliner train in it???
The next morning, I would enjoy my Railroad French Toast with chicken apple sausage patties and home fries with a Diet Pepsi for breakfast!!!
This restaurant in Chesterton, IN features some old passenger cars as part of the building.
Now at CP-482 on the Chicago Line, this is where the Amtrak Michigan Line merges with this main line, at Porter, IN.
A couple Norfolk Southern EMD GP40-2's near one of the many steel mills you'll pass here in northwest Indiana!
Passing a U.S. Steel plant in Gary, IN.
That's one impressive switch tower at this Canadian National yard in Gary, IN.
Norfolk Southern EMD GP38-2 #5152, a high-hood version of this workhorse road switcher, at Gary, IN.
Also at Gary, this NS EMD GP60 was sitting, awaiting it's next assignment. I can remember seeing these units back in 1991 when they were brand-new
pulling the Triple Crown trailer-on-rail trains through my old neighborhood just outside Buffalo!
Passing an Arcelor-Mittal steel plant in East Chicago, IN.
The main line we're using was originally the New York Central Water Level Route which originated at Grand Central Terminal in New York and ended at
LaSalle Street Station in Chicago. At this location in Whiting, IN, the routing of the main line moves from New York Central to Pennsylvania territory.
Conrail set up the main line to run along this routing many years ago. The road in this photo is on the right-of-way of the original routing.
Amtrak's station at Hammond-Whiting, IN, which today is used on select Wolverine Service trains serving Michigan.
South Commercial Avenue in Chicago.
Crossing the Metra Electric Line which runs from Downtown Chicago to University Park and the station platform in the middle is the 75th Street Station.
The new Englewood Flyover (bridge to the left) which replaces the diamond with the Metra Rock Island District that used to cross the main line here.
Crossing the Dan Ryan Expressway which is I-90 along with I-94.
U.S. Cellular Field - Home Of Major League Baseball's Chicago White Sox!!!
The Stevenson Expressway, also known as I-55.
Canadian National's former-Illinois Central East-West Main. Santa Fe used this at one point to access the Dearborn Street Station.
A shanty owned by Amtrak near 21st Street in Chicago.
Crossing the Chicago River, welcome to "The Windy City"!!!
Passing the Wheel Truing Building, an Amtrak Genset Unit sits and waits for its next assignment in the yard.
GE P42DC's #183 and 62 sit outside the Chicago Locomotive Shop.
P42 #60 gets some work done at the Chicago shops.
Some more Amtrak power including GE P32-8BWH #504 at the Chicago shops.
Superliner I Snack Coach #35008 in the coach yards. The overpass in the background is Roosevelt Road, which is my next destination
once our train arrives at Union Station shortly.
Ah, the iconic Willis Tower! Geno, Welcome to Chicago!!!
One last photo of Train #29, now having arrived at Chicago Union Station.