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Travelogue: Syracuse, New York - March 29th, 1999

Syracuse, New York - March 29th, 1999
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   In nearby Solvay, New York, is an overpass on Willis Avenue. This is a popular meeting place for railfans in the Syracuse area and provides great views of the Chicago Line as well as the New York, Susquehanna & Western's line from Binghamton. In this view, looking east towards Downtown Syracuse is Amtrak Train #63, the Toronto bound "Maple Leaf" with a rare F40PH #278 on the lead. If you look towards the upper right hand corner of the photo, you'll see the Carrier Dome, Syracuse University's football stadium, as well as the skyline of Syracuse.

This westbound freight with C40-8W #6090 on Track #1 also came by.

   Today, there was some trackwork being done in Syracuse, and Sperry Rail Service Car #135 was in town as well. Here is is, looking west from the bridge.

Back at the terminal, I saw this westbound light engine move with 2 CSX units in the consist on Track #1 at 4:26pm.

   Here, Amtrak's Eastbound Train #64, the "Maple Leaf" enters the terminal in Syracuse, passing some brand-new overhead signals.

   And Finally, here is my train, Amtrak's Westbound Train #281, the "Mohawk" pulling into the terminal. This train arrived about 10 minutes late, but arrived in Buffalo nearly on time. I had a good time in Syracuse, it would have been nice to see some more trains than I did, but oh well, we can't control everything. There are lots of places in the Syracuse area for trainwatching, I recommend purchasing, if you still can, the Back Issue of Railpace - July 1998, where there is a great article about trainwatching in Syracuse.