Posts Tagged ‘Johnstown Pennsylvania’

Johnstown Amtrak Station to be Renovated

November 23, 2021

Amtrak has agreed to contribute $16 million to a project to renovate its station in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

The work will include making the facility comply with standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act and otherwise bringing it up to a state of good repair.

The project include plans to replace the boarding platform, with an 8-inch above-top-of-rail island platform with a platform snow-melt system.

Other work included a new heating and air conditioning system for the station, and a new interior elevator, stairway, and storage area.

The existing baggage tunnel will be filled in and new concrete will be poured in the existing passenger tunnel, which also will see its lighting system repaired.

The tracks at the platform will be re-profiled on both sides of the boarding platform.

Work is expected to begin in October 2022. Once completed, the Johnstown station will also serve local public transit bus service.

Other funding for the project included a $24.45 million U.S. Department of Transportation RAISE grant which is being used to fund improvements to the CamTran Downtown Bus Intermodal Transportation Center and restore the historic Johnstown Inclined Plane system.

Johnstown is served by Amtrak’s New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian.

Amtrak Stations Seeing Reduced Operations

March 29, 2020

Several Amtrak stations across the system now have reduced hours of operation or are being closed for some or all train arrivals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service advisories posted on the Amtrak website said the changes are until further notice.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan, station will see its hours reduced to 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.

The station normally hosts six Wolverine Service trains a day but for now that has been reduced to two, Nos. 351 and 352, which operated to Chicago in the morning and to Detroit (Pontiac) in the afternoon.

The Metropolitan Lounge at Chicago Union Station is no longer being staffed.

Passengers may still use the lounge but will not receive coffee, hot water or fountain beverages. Amtrak said regular and diet soda will be available by request at the front desk.

However, given that the station is not being staff it is unclear who will be providing those beverages to passengers.

Other stations at which the waiting room is now closed but access to the boarding platforms is being maintained include Kalamazoo, Michigan; and East Lansing, Michigan.

With the New York-Pittsburgh Pennsylvanian and Harrisburg-Philadelphia Keystone Service not operating in Pennsylvania, Amtrak stations in Lancaster, Harrisburg, Altoona and Johnstown are closed.

3 More Vintage Pennsylvania Views

August 9, 2018

Craig identified Akron’s “unknown railfan” as Ed Treesh. Here are three more of his photos.

The top photograph is the approach to Johnstown’s Inclined Plane in September 1966.

In the middle is another September 1966 photo that Ed took of one of the two inclined plane cars and the base station.

In the bottom image is East Broad Top 15 is steamed up in October 1961 in Rockhill Furnace, Pennsylvania.

Photographs Courtesy of Robert Farkas

Looking Up, Down Johnstown Incline

August 7, 2018

Here are three more photos from the free slides that the widow of a former Akron Railroad Club member gave to ARRC members. These were taken in September 1966 and are of the Johnstown, Pennsylvania inclined plane.

The views are looking up the incline, looking down, and feature a panoramic view of Johnstown as seen from the incline.

Photographs Courtesy of Robert Farkas

FreightCar America to close Johnstown Office

August 4, 2016

As part of a reduction in force, FreightCar America will close its administrative offices in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

FreightCar AmericaThe company said it is cutting its workforce by 15 percent due to lower second quarter revenues.

FreightCar America said it delivered 1,372 new rail cars in the second quarter of 2016 compared to more than 2,600 in the second quarter of 2015. Consolidated revenues during the period was $126.2 million compared with $235.6 in the second quarter of 2015.