Amtrak Special Passes Through Cleveland

The Amtrak special moves through Olmsted Falls just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Ross Rowland’s passenger cars for his proposed Greenbrier Express train made their way through Ohio Tuesday afternoon (January 25, 2011). The move, whose priority was as low as the bottom man on a totem pole, had been tentatively scheduled to pass through on Sunday.  But problems outside of Omaha delayed the train for several hours, thus creating a new plan of action once it got into Chicago.

The train, Amtrak 942, made its way through Olmsted Falls at approximately 12:56 p.m.  Delayed in our region due to some signal problems at MP197, the train was placed behind three eastbound van/stack trains before finally coming through.

The 15-car train led by Amtrak Genesis units 163 and 58 did get a little respect as two westbound van/stack trains were placed in the north siding and waited for the special to pass by before they could move on. The dispatcher also advised of a crew change at the Cleveland Amtrak station.

As expected something this unique to our area was met with the typical uncooperative Ohio winter sky, making photography a challenge.  The last car in the consist was occupied by the coordinator of move, reported to be a friend of Mr. Rowland.

It was great to see a daytime passenger train of this length and the 1950s style passenger cars were a sight to behold.

Article and photographs by Dan Davidson

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