Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak passenger cars’

Ex-Amtrak Cars Went Home With NKP 765

October 5, 2019

When Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 returned home to New Haven, Indiana, this week after a two-week stay on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad it took home some “souvenirs.”

The ferry move from Cleveland had in tow some former Amtrak rolling stock that the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society bought earlier this year.

The cars included several baggage cars and a former Chicago, Burlington & Quincy dining car.

The dining car will become the Society’s new souvenir and concession car for excursion service while one of the ex-Santa Fe baggage cars will replace the current tool car that travels with the 765.

The remaining baggage cars will be used for a variety of functions that the Society did not disclose.

The Society said in a news release that the acquisitions “are the first big boost to our passenger fleet since it was originally sold off in the 1990s.”

The release noted that merchandise sales make up a considerable portion of Society revenues and help to cover the cost of insurance.

Never Know Where You’ll Find Amtrak

May 4, 2018

In my experience, Amtrak can turn up in some surprising places. I don’t mean its trains, but its rolling stock. More to the point I mean its former rolling stock.

Take, for example, coach Roaring Camp, which I spotted on Sept. 27, 1997, in the Wheeling & Lake Erie yard in Brewster.

Amtrak has never operated via Brewster, but as best I could tell this car was in transit to the Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue.

It was built in 1947 by Pullman-Standard for the Illinois Central Railroad, which it served for several years and carried roster number 2640

The Auto Train Corporation acquired it and it operated as the Prairie Rose (No. 560).

After Amtrak acquired it, the coach was renamed and given roster number 5688. It was retired by Amtrak in March 1976.

The Other LSL Did Much Better

July 7, 2017

Sunday, July 2, was not a good day to be a passenger aboard Amtrak’s westbound Lake Shore Limited.

First, the train was delayed for five hours due to flooding and track inspections between Albany and Utica, New York.

Then it ran into a Norfolk Southern work window in Ohio by which it had to make a roundabout detour move that added four more hours of delay.

By the time it reached Chicago at 7:27 p.m. it was nine hours, 42 minutes late.

But those riding the eastbound Lake Shore Limited only had to deal with the “standard” delays.

It was a mere 30 minutes late reaching New York Penn Station although it was over an hour late at some stations in New York state.

It it shown above cruising through Painesville, Ohio, east of Cleveland after departing the latter station 40 minutes off the advertised.

A noteworthy point about this train is that the P42DC locomotives pulling it are consecutively numbered 15 and 14.

Columbus Company Making Parts for Amtrak Cars

November 16, 2013

A scheduled Amtrak train hasn’t rolled through Columbus since 1979, but a company in the state’s capitol city will be building undercarriages for new Amtrak passenger cars.

Columbus Castings has landed the largest order in its 130-year history, a deal with Nippon Sharyo USA that could be worth up to $70 million and add more than 50 jobs at the steel foundry located on a 90-acre site on the city’s south side.

“If they exercise all their options, this will keep us at full capacity until 2021,”said  CEO Rick Rubusch.  The company employs 650.

Columbus Castings could reap more than $100 million in manufacturing parts for Amtrak passenger cars. In addition to the Nippon deal, Columbus Castings also has orders from Amtrak suppliers CAF USA and Hyundai Rotem Co. for the same railcar components.

Ruebusch said his company has a long history in the rail industry. The former Buckeye Steel Castings has 19 miles of class 1 rail access and the capacity to make parts ranging from 100 pounds to 70,000 pounds.

The business, credited as being the largest single-site steel foundry in the country, is owned by Prostar Partners LLC, a New York-based private equity firm.

Columbus Castings is one of the 10 largest manufacturers in Central Ohio, according to Columbus Business First research.