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: 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 →

Announcement/WTF YouTube and Internet?!

Hello, one and all. Time for a quick announcement. High Speed Rail Month and all rail-related posts are under a suspension. The reason is complicated, but please bare with me until I get some other things sorted out. Thanks for the support. Now, onto the meat and potatoes of today's post. I want to ask... Continue Reading →

GE P30CH Review

Hello, one and all. Welcome back to another review. To close out Amtrak Month, we will review the GE model P30CH. The General Electric model P30CH (nicknamed Pooch) was the second diesel locomotive rostered by Amtrak. They were built from 1975 to 1976 and were numbered from 700 to 724. History   In 1973, Amtrak... Continue Reading →

GE P32ACDM Review

Hello, one and all. Welcome to another review. Continuing with Amtrak Month (the unofficial name), we will review Amtrak's current dual mode locomotive, the GE P32ACDM. The General Electric model P32ACDM is a dual mode locomotive built by General Electric for both Amtrak and the Metro North Commuter Railroad in New York. They are one... 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 →

ACS-64 Review

Hello all, it's time for another review of a locomotive. Seeing as how you liked my review of the Siemens SC-44 Charger, lets look at Siemens's other locomotive, the Amtrak Cities Sprinter (ACS-64) The Siemens ACS-64 (Amtrak Cities Sprinter) is the modern Amtrak electric locomotive used on the Northeast and Keystone Corridor and replaced the... Continue Reading →

SC-44 Review

Hello everyone, it's time for a review. Today, I'll be reviewing the Siemens SC-44 Charger locomotive. Keep in mind, as of this posting, the locomotive is still in testing stages, and not yet a revenue service engine! The Siemens SC-44 Charger is a modern diesel electric built by Siemens, the same people behind the Amtrak... Continue Reading →

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