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Date: 07/02/08 14:40
Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: AmHog

Two of the worst I've ever visited were Winnemucka, NV and Benson, AZ. Any other nominations?



Date: 07/02/08 15:11
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: Amtk509

Lordsburg, NM is much worse than Benson. I had the misfortune of my truck breaking down in Lordsburg years ago and using the Amshack to watch trains while I waited for my dad and TucsonPete to drive out from Tucson to assist in the recovery. It wreaked of urine, had human excrement in one of the corners, and had about a years worth of trash built up in it. Back to Benson, it's a shame that Amtrak didn't make an effort to acquire space in the replica depot that serves as a visitors center.



Date: 07/02/08 15:20
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: Mudrock

Madera non exisiting Amshack get my prize for the worst one!

Chris



Date: 07/02/08 15:56
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: ats90mph

Yup, Madera, CA! The area, the surroundings, the remoteness, All makes Madera the worst.



Date: 07/02/08 16:26
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: CSXT_8437

Elyria, OH gets my vote. That ws in real bad shape a year ago.



Date: 07/02/08 16:33
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: kk5ol

Beaumont, Texas would be in the running if it hadn't been leveled a few years ago.
Do Amslabs count? No lights, no shelter.

RailNet802, over



Date: 07/02/08 17:50
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: SunsetLtd

Deming, NM? Its depot has been trucked away to become the town's annex and all there is now are 2 green benches. #s 1/2 use the road crossing to their station work.



Date: 07/02/08 18:23
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: AlwaysLate

kk5ol Wrote:
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> Do Amslabs count? No lights, no shelter.
>

Dude stop. Thanks to you, my screen is covered in Heineken. Send me a check for replacement.



Date: 07/02/08 19:42
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: P

If I look at an aerial of Medara, CA, where would I find this Amshack?



Date: 07/02/08 20:07
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: jd4amtrak

A couple of years ago I took the Hoosier State from Indy to Chicago. There were a couple of stops on that route that had Amshacks. Maybe one of you who is more familiar with that route would know the names of the Hoosier State Amshack stops.



Date: 07/02/08 20:19
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: smitty195

P Wrote:
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> If I look at an aerial of Medara, CA, where would
> I find this Amshack?

http://tinyurl.com/46qxxu



Date: 07/03/08 04:25
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: Narr8rdanny

The problem with AmShacks is they're unattended and therefore unmaintained.
The second problem is that if you build a shelter, vagrants and miscreants will use it for a toilet.
Lake City, FL was on this list, before they annulled the Sunset west of New Orleans. Now I'm sure it's just a shelter for bums and drug deals.

Regards,
Danny Harmon
Tampa

www.youtube.com/distantsignal



Date: 07/03/08 04:42
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: rresor

Thompson, UT at least has a station building -- sort of. It's an empty room with a pay phone and a leaking roof.



Date: 07/03/08 05:47
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: RevRandy

jd4amtrak Wrote:
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> A couple of years ago I took the Hoosier State
> from Indy to Chicago. There were a couple of
> stops on that route that had Amshacks. Maybe one
> of you who is more familiar with that route would
> know the names of the Hoosier State Amshack stops.

One of the Amhuts is at Dyer - it sits lonely on the platform, all of its plastic panels now either opaque with exposure or replaced with boards, a dismal place to wait. There is no phone nearby (in fact, if you come off the train and look around, it seems like nothing is nearby) and sometimes even with Julie's excellent advice one waits there for over an hour. (The south/east bound can be stopped less than 2 miles away for hours as it snakes its way out of Chicago.)

So, most of the waiting there is done in cars. A couple of times when people alighted and appeared to be pedestrian and surprised at the remoteness, I would offer a ride to either downtown Dyer (about a mile away) or a nearby supermarket (about half a mile away).



Date: 07/03/08 06:32
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: richs

NO NO NO .......You ain't seen nothing until you've been to Alliance, OH
Rich S



Date: 07/03/08 07:50
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: AmHog

"A couple of years ago I took the Hoosier State from Indy to Chicago. There were a couple of stops on that route that had Amshacks. Maybe one of you who is more familiar with that route would know the names of the Hoosier State Amshack stops."


The Amshacks on the Hoosier State/Cardinal route from Indianapolis to Chicago are Crawfordsville, In. , Rensaellaer, In, and Dyer In. The Amshack at Crawfordsville was recently redone by a local high school class and looks much better.



Date: 07/03/08 10:32
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: TucsonPete

I'll take the "slab" any day to the Lordsburg situation that Sean described above. Lacking a shelter means that it won't be used for a toilet. If you know it's a slab beforehand you can take appropriate measures.



Date: 07/03/08 11:58
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: Jishnu

kk5ol Wrote:
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> Do Amslabs count? No lights, no shelter.

When the Pioneer used to run via Wyoming there was an
Amslab at Borie WY (for Cheyenne WY). The "slab" is
still there but no "Am" there anymore, except when
the Zephyr diverts via Wyoming occasionally. But even
on those occasions it does not stop at Borie.



Date: 07/03/08 13:44
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: reindeerflame

Salt Lake City.



Date: 07/03/08 15:55
Re: Worst "Amshack" in the system
Author: jd4amtrak

Yea, I agree. For the size of Salt Lake City, I would've expected a better train station. Awhile back, I think SLC used to have a nice station. Any plans for a nicer Amtrak station in SLC?



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