Month of Amtrak: Hilltopper

Welcome back to the Month of Amtrak. Today, we will be looking back at the Hilltopper.   Amtrak F40PH 277 at Richmond, Virginia with the Hilltopper.   The Hilltopper was an Amtrak train that ran to Cattlesburg, Kentucky from Boston. Hilltopper began in 1977, as a replacement to the Mountaineer. This train, while supported by members of Congress in the state... Continue Reading →

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Month of Amtrak: National Limited

Welcome back to the Month of Amtrak. Today's train was more or less, a successor to a pre-Amtrak train. It also began on Amtrak's first day, May 1st, 1971. This was the National Limited.   Amtrak GG1 911 (ex-Pennsylvania Railroad 4911) at Elizabethtown, PA on the point of the National Limited.   Debuting on May 1st, 1971,... Continue Reading →

Month of Amtrak: Calumet

Welcome back to the Month of Amtrak. Today's train was more or less a glorified commuter train. That was the Calumet.   Amtrak F40PH 223 at the end of the Calumet's run, at Valparaiso, Indiana in 1991.   The Calumet was a rather fascinating train operated by Amtrak. Instead of being an intercity train, it was a commuter. Yes, a... Continue Reading →

Month of Amtrak: Black Hawk

Welcome back to the Month of Amtrak. Today's train is a train that lasted almost a decade before it ended. This was the Black Hawk.   Amtrak E8 352 at Munger, Illinois in 1975 with the Black Hawk.   The Black Hawk was a daily scheduled Amtrak train from Chicago to Dubuque, Iowa. This was more or less of... Continue Reading →

Month of Amtrak: Fort Pitt

Welcome back to the Month of Amtrak. Today's train was another short lived service operated by Amtrak. Today, we will look at the Fort Pitt. Amtrak F40PH 278 with the Pennsylvanian at New Florence, PA in 1984. (I'm including this since the Fort Pitt's consist was the Pennsylvanian's consist as well.) Beginning in 1981, the Fort Pitt was a... Continue Reading →

Month of Amtrak: Prairie Marksman

Welcome back to the Month of Amtrak. This next train is an indirect successor of a pre-Amtrak passenger train. Like the Lake Country Limited, it only ran for a year. I present, the Prairie Marksman.   Amtrak F40PHR (built with parts from SDP40F 519) 366 loads passengers at East Peoria, Illinois in 1981.     The Prairie Marksman was an... Continue Reading →

Month of Amtrak: Spirit of California

When making look backs like this, you sometimes surprise yourself. Welcome back to the Month of Amtrak. Today, we will discuss a unique train that ran in my home state of California. Running from 1981 to 1983, we have the Spirit of California.   Amtrak F40PHR (built with parts from SDP40F 556) 240 and a sister F40... Continue Reading →

Month of Amtrak: Lake Country Limited

Before we get this started, let me wish all of you a happy 2018. We are in for some good times here on Jessica Kasumi's thoughts. New reviews and tons of discussions on Amtrak for my tri-yearly Month of Amtrak series. Anyway, for January we will discuss short lived or forgotten Amtrak services. With the... Continue Reading →

Why Do We Love: Twin Towers?

This post is made for not just friends, but for the members of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center group. I hope you all enjoy. Why do we love the Twin Towers? It seems like an easy question, but the answer is different depending on who you ask.  For some people, it's the... Continue Reading →

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