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: 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: 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 →

EMD F40PH Review

Hello everyone, welcome back to another locomotive review. For this review, we will look at the locomotive that made Amtrak a force to be reckoned with. The EMD model F40PH! HISTORY In 1971, Amtrak was created by the federal government to take over America's aging passenger rail business. During this time, the railroad used an... Continue Reading →

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