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Florida-bound on Amtrak's Silver Meteor

Good afternoon DU'ers,

With all the non stop depressing news, first about the pandemic, then the grave injustices still being inflicted on vulnerable groups - especially people of color - and with the hope that America will emerge from this as once again being a beacon and inspiration for all peoples, I though it might be time for another weekend distraction with a few pics from a somewhat better time, and about a completely different subject.

Back in 2015 my wife and I decided to forgo the dreary weather up here in Canada and head south to Florida. Instead of flying or driving, we chose to take the train (naturally, as those who are familiar with my prior posts will know).

For those interested in taking a land cruise down the eastern seaboard to Miami, my wife and I often travel by train and thought we might share some pics from our trip a few years back on Amtrak's "Empire Service" train from Buffalo to New York City, and then aboard Amtrak's "Silver Meteor" from New York to Miami, and finally by rental car to the Florida Keys.

The pics are from my website, https://northamericabyrail.info/

Hope you enjoy,

Best Regards, Pete

4:30am at Buffalo-Depew Amtrak Station. Waiting for Amtrak's 'Empire Service' train that will take us to New York City


Passing a New York Central 0-6-0 type steam locomotive on display at Utica Amtrak Station


Passing another Amtrak Empire Service trainset at Albany, NY


Along the Hudson River south of Albany, NY


Passing Bannerman's Castle on the Hudson River


Storm King State Park, Cold Spring, NY


By train through the scenic Hudson River valley


Along the Hudson River at Croton-Harmon, NY


US Post Office Building, New York City. Photographed during our layover in New York while changing trains


The Empire State Building, taken during our layover at Penn Station.


Onboard Amtrak's 'Silver Meteor' departing Penn Station for Miami, with the dining car crew working to prepare this evening's meal.


Dinner in the diner, nothing could be finer. Fresh Tilapia


Entering Philadelphia, PA


Entering a tunnel at Baltimore, MD


Engine change in Washington, DC. The electric locomotive that pulled our train from New York is uncoupled...


...and replaced by diesels for the rest of the trip to Miami


Bedroom on Amtrak's Silver Meteor, set up for day use


Passing swamplands near Savannah, GA


Approaching Deland, FL Amtrak station


Entering Winter Park, FL


Approaching Winter Park Amtrak station


Passing a fountain in downtown Winter Park


Winter Park Amtrak station


Entering Orlando, FL


Passing an orange grove south of Orlando


Leaving the Silver Meteor at Miami Amtrak Station


View of Miami Beach as seen from our hotel


Collins Ave, Miami beach


By rental car to the Keys along the Florida Overseas Highway


Mangroves in the Florida Keys along Overseas Highway


A shot of a rooster wandering the streets in Key West, FL


The lighthouse at Key West, FL
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sat May 30, 2020, 03:51 PM (76 replies)

LOL! Tucker Carlson on Paradise PD

Just saw this on netflix:




Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sat May 16, 2020, 11:39 PM (0 replies)

By Steam Train over Letchworth Park - Grand Canyon of the East. A Rare-Mileage trip on the Erie Ltd.

Happy Sunday Morning, DU'ers,

For those interested in taking a scenic land cruise through Upstate New York from the comfort of your computer or smartphone, in 2015 my wife & I were passengers on the "Erie Limited": a one-time specially-chartered train recreating the original Erie Railroad train of the same name and pulled by Nickel Plate Road Steam Locomotive #765 on a rare-mileage trip over the former Erie Railroad's now freight-only line between Buffalo and Corning, NY.

The route runs over the Genesee River at Letchworth State Park, sometimes known as the 'Grand Canyon of the East', and along the scenic Canisteo River Valley.

For this railfan, it was a treat to ride not only on track that hasn't seen regular passenger train service in nearly half a century, but to do so behind a steam locomotive as well.

The pics are from my website, https://northamericabyrail.info/

Hope you enjoy!

NICKEL PLATE ROAD 2-8-4 BERKSHIRE CLASS STEAM LOCOMOTIVE #765 ON THE POINT OF THE 'ERIE LIMITED', BUFFALO, NY


GREAT NORTHERN DOME CAR 'PRAIRIE VIEW' ON THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’


IN GREAT NORTHERN DOME CAR 'PRAIRIE VIEW' ON THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’, NORFOLK SOUTHERN BISON YARD, BUFFALO, NY


DEPARTING BISON YARD, BUFFALO, NY


VINTAGE CAR, GRISWOLDS, NY


RAILFANS AT THE STATION IN ATTICA, NY


CROSSING TONAWANDA CREEK, ATTICA, NY


RAILFAN ON ROOF OF HOUSE


CROSSING PORTAGEVILLE BRIDGE, LETCHWORTH STATE PARK, PORTAGEVILLE, NY


OVER THE GENESEE RIVER, LETCHWORTH STATE PARK - 'GRAND CANYON OF THE EAST'


HORDES OF RAILFANS AT PORTAGEVILLE, NY


HORNELL DEPOT


VIEW FROM REAR OF GREAT NORTHERN DOME CAR 'PRAIRIE VIEW', HORNELL, NY


CROSSING A CULVERT, HORNELL, NY


FORMER ERIE RAILROAD, NOW ALSTOM, ERECTING SHOPS AT HORNELL, NY


NORFOLK SOUTHERN BAY-WINDOW CABOOSE, HORNELL, NY


FORMER ERIE RR TRI-LIGHT SIGNAL MAST IN THE CANISTEO RIVER VALLEY


NKP #765 PULLS THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’ THROUGH THE CANISTEO RIVER VALLEY


STEAM IN THE CANISTEO RIVER VALLEY


RAILFANS SHOOTING OUR TRAIN, CANISTEO RIVER VALLEY, NY


REMAINS OF FORMER ERIE RAILROAD WATER TOWER, ADDISON, NY


STATION, ADDISON, NY


PERSON IN CHERRY PICKER WATCHING OUR TRAIN, CORNING, NY


CROSSING THE CANISTEO RIVER, CORNING, NY


NORFOLK SOUTHERN LOCOMOTIVE SHOPS, CORNING NY


NORFOLK SOUTHERN SD40-2 #3491, NORFOLK SOUTHERN SHOPS, CORNING NY


CROSSING A CREEK AT CORNING, NY


ON BOARD THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’, ENTERING CORNING, NY


CORNING, NY


NKP #765 PULLS THE ‘ERIE LIMITED’ FORWARD THROUGH THE WYE AT CORNING, NY


BACKING THROUGH THE WYE AT CORNING, NY


PASSING COAL TRUCK THAT WILL REFUEL NKP#765


FORMER ERIE RR DEPOT, CORNING, NY


IN THE LOUNGE OF SEABOARD LINE SLEEPER-LOUNGE CAR 'HOLLYWOOD BEACH', CORNING, NY


VIEW FROM REAR VESTIBULE OF PULLMAN CAR 'DOVER HARBOR', CORNING, NY
Posted by Hiawatha Pete | Sun May 10, 2020, 11:34 AM (13 replies)
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