FRIENDS OF AMTRAK PHOTO GALLERY
Ron Goodenow first met trains on what is now Jersey Transit's Boonton Line. His father and grandfather before him trundled in old Boonton Line-style coaches on the Lackawanna Railroad to Hoboken, where they took the ferry to the Battery and work near Wall Street. A historian by training and an accomplished award-winning photographer, he began shooting passenger trains as a college student in Iowa and has put together a substantial archive from around the world which he is now scanning and sharing widely. He met his wife of almost 40 years on the Pennsylvania Railroad, literally hitch-hiked a ride on the Rock Island's Rocky Mountain Rocket to be with her on the day President Kennedy was assassinated, was temporarily arrested in a Brazilian terminal [it is illegal to take photographs in large stations], and, more recently, has traveled [and photographed] virtually the entire British Rail Intercity system, as well as passenger trains in much of Western Europe. Now retired from many years of university teaching and research, he earns a living from his home in a small central Massachusetts town near Worcester as a photographer and independent researcher, lecturer and writer who advises Fortune 200 companies, health systems and universities on the ever changing nature of information technology in healthcare and society. Tools of the trade include digital cameras and an always-ready laptop for editing on the go. We'll be expanding the Gallery to include many more photos, and Ron is currently re-editing many that are already there, so check back often for a rare glimpse of almost 50 years of passenger railroading and Ron's colorful commentary on the past and current scenes.
Sadly, on October 28, 2018, Ron passed from this life. Those of us who knew him personally are deeply saddened but will always remember Ron as very special human being capable of so much love, warmth and life. The train and photographic community has also lost a good life long friend. Amtrak has lost a champion. Rest in peace, my friend. We will miss you. This photographic gallery will remain as a testimony to your commitment to passenger train travel as well as your fine artistic photographic skills. --Craig S. O'Connell
Amtrak's Downeaster in Durham New Hampshire,
January 28, 2006.
Amtrak's LakeShore Ltd. and CSX freight at Worcester, MA, February, 2006.
Boston to Worcester MBTA commuter train photographed from a canoe in Mill Pond at Westborough, MA, April 2006.
New York City's Grand Central Terminal, May, 2006.
Amtrak on the head end with private varnish
near Joliet, IL, August, 2005.
San Jose, CA station, July 2006.
Amtrak's California Zephyr departing from Emeryville, California, September 2000.
Amtrak's Ann Rutledge, in Joliet on its way from Chicago to St. Louis (and then Kansas City) in August, 2005
Lisle, Illinois along the BNSF mainline, November
Amtrak's Downeaster, North Station, Boston, December 15, 2006
Amtrak's California Zephyr in Davis, CA, November 2006.
Ron's first rail photo - Florida East Coast line between Jacksonville and Miami, summer 1956.
British Rail - First Great Western Class 180
Adelante multiple unit articulated train, photographed at Bridgend, Wales,
in April 2004.
"The Ambassador" in South Royalton, VT in 1965.
Amtrak's Southwest Chief at Bernalillo, New Mexico, May 26, 2007.
Grand Luxe Rail Journeys Train, Sunday, May 27, 2007, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Rail Runner Express, departing the Sandoval
County/Route 550 station near Bernalillo and Placitas, on its way to Albuquerque.
Amtrak's northbound Adirondack at Ft. Edward, NY on August 16, 2007.
Amtrak's Ethan Allen in Rutland, Vermont on August 16, 2007.
Amtrak's northbound Downeaster at Kennebunk, ME, November 4, 2007.
Amtrak's Lake Shore Ltd. in Palmer, MA, January
Amtrak's Southwest Chief arriving in the picturesque little town of Lamy, New Mexico, on a beautiful June, 2007.
Grand Canyon Railway train outside of Williams, AZ in January 2008.
Capitol Corridor train 729 in Berkeley, CA,March 8, 2008.
Westbound Lake Shore Limited, photographed
on May 14, 2008, from Ron's canoe on Mill Pond in Westborough, MA.
Amtrak #1137 on its way through Westborough, MA on June 25, 2008.
Amtrak's Downeaster in Old Orchard Beach and Saco, Maine on August 29, 2008.
Amtrak California Capitol Corridor train on its way through Rodeo from Sacramento to San Jose on Saturday, November 29, 2008.
Panoramic view of San Diego rail, September
Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited heading west through Westborough, Mass on April 10, 2009.
Virgin Rail Pendolinoin southern Scotland on its way to Glasgow from London on the West Coast Main Line in late April, 2009.
Westbound Phoenix Valley Metro light rail train arriving in Tempe's Mill Street station mid-day in July 2009.
Amtrak's Acela approaches Boston's South Station,
mid August, 2009.
Amtrak's Downeaster arriving in Exeter, NH, on its way to Portland from Boston on October 12, 2009.
December 6, 2009 - Amtrak's LakeShore Ltd. in Westborough, Massachusetts
Commuter trains in Towaco, NJ in 1966 and 2009.
Santa Fe Southern consist and Rail Runner
at Sante Fe RR Station, October 2009.
Capitol Corridor train arriving in Davis, California on a foggy day in November, 2006.
Amtrak's southbound Acela in Mystic, Connecticut. July 1, 2010.
BNSF officer train in Emeryville, CA on August 21, 2010.
January 1, 2010, and here's the Boston section
of the Lake Shore Limited cruising through Westborough, MA, on its way to
A San Joaquin from Bakersfield to Jack London Square in Oakland, August, 2010.
New Jersey Transit Gladstone Branch Budd Arrow II train set approaching Bernardsville, October, 2009.
UK trains in Newcastle, May, 2011.
Amtrak's Downeaster under an overpass in Kennebunk,
Maine, on its way to Boston on June 20, 2011.
Napa Valley Wine Train at its northern terminus in St. Helena, November 2006.
MBTA Commuter Rail train from North Station, Boston, arriving in the Littleton/495 station in Feb. 2005.
Shoreline East commuter run arrives at its terminus in New London, Ct, mid-July 2011.
HST 125 train on its way from London and Edinburgh to Aberdeen,
Scotland, May 2011.
A mid-1960s photo of the Reading Company's Crusader, photographed in West Trenton, NJ.
Amtrak's Coast Starlight pulls into the Emeryville station, bound from Seattle to Los Angeles on August 20, 2012.
NJ Transit train in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, October, 2012.
Rock Island Line's Corn Belt Rocket entering Grinnell,
Iowa, on a snowy day in 1969.
A Worcester westbound MBTA on its way through Westborough, Massachusetts, December, 2012.
Amtrak's expanded Downeaster at Wells, Maine, February 23, 2013.
Capitol Corridor train from Sacramento to San Jose in the Berkeley station on May 19, 2013.
at full speed in Kingston, RI, July 2013.
Aboard the California Zephyr, mid-September 2013.
Happy Holidays 2013-14 from Friends of Amtrak
Boston section of Amtrak's Lakeshore Ltd. on a frigid New England day, January 2014.
arriving in Dover, New Hampshire in July, 2013.
California Corridor and California Zephyr trains at Berkeley, CA, September 2014.
Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited cruising along the shores of Mill Pond in Westborough, Massachusetts, October 2014.
Amtrak's Downeaster in Wells, Maine January 2006.
Railway train in the depths of winter 2008.
It's afternoon commuter time in Lisle, Illinois, in September 2006, and Metra trains on the BNSF main line make for a happy pair.
Amtrak's Southwest Chief arriving in Lamy, NM on April 14, 2016.
Acelas parked at Boston South Station in August 2004.
Two Amtrak Downeasters
in Wells, Maine, September 2016.
Amtrak's "new" Lake Shore Limited's Boston section cruising west through Westborough, Mass, November 5, 2016.
MBTA local train on its run between Boston and Worcester, MA on January 29, 2017.
California Zephyr ready to depart from Emeryville to Chicago.
with single level Comet cars on its way from Berkeley to Bakersfield, September
Boston section of Lake Shore Limited heading to Chicago, winter 2012 in Westborough, MA.
Coast Starlight leaving Emeryville with 16 cars on its way down to Los Angeles, September 2012.
Amtrak's California Zephyr arriving in Colfax, California, on its way to Chicago in October, 2005.
car cutbacks. What's going on?
Amtrak's Downeaster Screwed!
Friends of Amtrak takes on Amtrak CEO on Southwest Chief
Sonoma-Marin area Rail Transit (SMART) trains at the Navato Hamilton station on August 15, 2018.
Amtrak's Downeaster at Wells, Maine, October 22, 2018.
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