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Date: 11/28/12 16:20
Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: aussiehinz

After observing the timely thread posted by 'kevink" regarding the detour of Amtrak Trains 7 & 8 today, the thought occurred to me that something quite rare might be in the making. So, I checked with girlfriend "Julie" to find that both #4 and #6 were running in good shape, and in fact, were only about 5 to 10 minutes apart at Naperville. Given Chicagoland's very long (and early) shadows at this time of the year, I opted for the relatively wide open area around Metra's Congress Park station to try and catch FIVE Amtrak long distance passenger trains passing through in an hour. Sure enough, almost like the CB&Q of old it happened, and in the span of 58 minutes, actually. In thinking about it, I don't believe there are very many places or times that this kind of event is possible. In this age of identical passenger train consists and appearances, I'm not suggesting there was anything noteworthy about the trains themselves, but to have five of them, each on scheduled runs of over 2,000 miles, all in revenue service, pass my location within an hour, truly was.

Cheers,

aussiehinz


All at Brookfield/Congress Park IL, November 28, 2012

1. Amtrak #5 @ 2:17 PM CST

2. Amtrak #7 (Detouring) @ 2:32 PM CST

3. Amtrak #4 @ 2:38 PM CST



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Date: 11/28/12 16:20
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: aussiehinz

4. Amtrak #6 @ 2:45 PM CST

5. Same

6. Amtrak #3 @ 3:15 PM CST (Also carrying Amtrak F59PHI #463, fresh out of Beech Grove and heading back to California)



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 11/29/12 07:51 by aussiehinz.








Date: 11/28/12 16:35
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: stone23

Great pix but what is that vehicle sneaking along behind the power on #3?



Date: 11/28/12 16:38
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: EMD2024

Try reading the caption for photo #6,it couldn't be a whole lot clearer.



Date: 11/28/12 16:49
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: CP8888

Cool white exhaust bubble over the power in photo no.1.



Date: 11/28/12 16:53
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: aussiehinz

Lol! Yes. The famous Brookfield "Dolphin Dome!"



Date: 11/28/12 17:07
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: stone23

EMD2024 Wrote:
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> Try reading the caption for photo #6,it couldn't
> be a whole lot clearer.


Before you criticise me, look closely at the caption, it was revised twice after posting. Yes I can read!



Date: 11/28/12 17:50
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: KV1guy

Ya its a F59PHI, not a F59PH. Not being picky but there is a big difference.



Date: 11/28/12 18:41
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: kevink

Good work AH. Sure looked like a nice day to be out on the Chicago Sub.



Date: 11/28/12 19:15
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: RuleG

Nice set of photos. It would have been cool if locomotive #7 (shown in the first photo) was on the point of train #7.



Date: 11/28/12 20:35
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: F40PHR231

aussiehinz Wrote:
> 1. Amtrak #5 @ 2:17 PM CST

P42 #7's looking sharp! It sustained heavy damage from a match with a dump truck some couple years ago, then this recent one with a burnt front-end: http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?4,2872656

Hopefully it had some sort of incident during its early days to make the recent run-in the "third" and final of incidents that come in threes.



Date: 11/29/12 07:50
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: aussiehinz

Kind thanks, "KV1guy," I've made the correction.

Posted from iPhone



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Date: 11/29/12 08:30
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: knotch8

Thanks, aussiehinz, great pictures as always.

Nice catch of the baggage car door that 3/4 open on Train 6. Hope there's nothing lightweight in there that would be tempted out the door at 70 mph. I wonder if it had been open since Galesburg, which I think is the last baggage stop on Train 6.



Date: 11/30/12 07:46
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: The_Chief_Way

nope
checked baggage not handled at Galesburg



Date: 11/30/12 18:08
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: TS2010

The_Chief_Way Wrote:
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> nope
> checked baggage not handled at Galesburg


Or the door may just have been broken the whole time unable to be closed. I have seen that happen on 3&4 across new mexico, even in and out of Albuquerque.



Date: 12/02/12 18:38
Re: Today's "Fleet" (of sorts) on the "Q"...
Author: knotch8

Well, that's encouraging.

Neither Chief Way or TS2010's comments make me feel much better about the security and safety of baggage in Amtrak's baggage cars.



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