The Spirit of St. Louis in Louisville – WDRB 41 TV

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It is an early morning in Louisville, Kentucky and the Spirit of St. Louis is visited by Keith Kaiser of WDRB 41 television as the train is parked near Lannan Park.

Enjoy these video segments as Keith visits aboard the Dearing with Taylor Johnson and Borden Black, the Sierra Hotel with Bob Donnelly and the Pacific Sands with Doug Spinn.

 

Spirit of St. Louis – More from Cincinnati

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From the Cincinnati Enquirer by Patrick Reddy –

A train comprised of 20 vintage railroad cars built between 1923 and the 1950’s is stopped on the tracks just east of Montgomery Inn Boathouse. The train, pulled by an early 1990’s “Heritage” diesel locomotive, is bound for St.Louis and the convention of the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners.

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David Hoffman, left, owner of the domed car Northern Sky – a 1952 sleeper-loung-dome car – talks with Jeffrey Galani.

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The Caritas, built by Pullman in 1948 as a 14 roomette, and four bedroom sleeper now sports an Art Deco paint job and the interior has been re-configured to include one master bedroom and four standard bedrooms.

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Jack Sprung, left, and Al Walker, car attendants on a 1948 Pullman sleeper car, talk in the narrow corridor of the car.

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Interior of a 1925 Platform Office Car.

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Place setting aboard a 1925 Platform Office Car.

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Exterior of a Pullman “half-dome” car.

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A train comprised of 20 vintage railroad cars built between 1923 and the 1950’s is stopped on the tracks just east of Montgomery Inn Boathouse.

Videos of the Spirit of St. Louis from 9/27/15

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A fine assortment of private cars in Chicago, many getting ready for the Spirit of St. Louis 2015 AAPRCO Convention train. Photo by Seth Reynolds, from the AAPRCO Facebook Page.

With the first day of the trip to St. Louis behind, enjoy some videos from Youtube of the train en route to Cincinnati!

First up, a view at Muncie, Indiana:

 

At Hamilton, Ohio:

At Reading, Ohio on the Indiana and Ohio Railway:

And another view at Reading:

And from Camden, Ohio with pacing of the train and arrival into Cincinnati:

More videos to come!

Louie, the St. Louis Bear

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Continuing a tradition of many AAPRCO specials, Borden Black shares the adventures of Louie, the St. Louis Bear, as he heads for Chicago aboard the Dearing to join the 2015 AAPRCO Spirit of St. Louis. Seen above, Louie relaxes with Jack Heard before leaving Jacksonville.

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Louie safely aboard the Dearing as the trip to Chicago begins.

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A fine dinner of shrimp and grits! Louie is full now…

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Arrived in Chicago, Louie waits for the trip to the coach yard.

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Louie safe with a seat by the window to oversee the necessities along the way of the Spirit of St. Louis.

Burrard, Promontory Point and Suitsme headed to Chicago

Things are getting busy as cars head to Chicago for the start of the 2015 AAPRCO Spirit of St Louis.

From Youtube, user A. Train:

The eastbound “California Zephyr” passes through a rural railroad crossing east of Agency, Iowa on September 24, 2015. Amtrak train #6 has been routed onto Main 1 today. This track is usually reserved for westbound trains.

The first car on this train is the heritage baggage car AMTK 1206. These baggage cars don’t have much time left, as Amtrak is currently replacing them with new ones. This one started its life working for the Santa Fe Railway as ATSF 3504 after being built by the Budd Company in 1953. On a normal day, a heritage baggage car would easily be the oldest car on the train, but that’s not the case this time.

On the end of this “Zephyr” are three private cars. The first one is the Canadian National touring car “Burrard.” The second one is the Central Pacific (former Union Pacific) “Promontory Point.” It was originally built for the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad. The last varnish is the “Suitsme” Pullman business car which first belonged to the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad.

After #6 passes the crossing, it goes over a BNSF defect detector. Its report is eventually heard over the radio scanner.

Consist:
Amtrak 46 GE P42DC
Amtrak 130 GE P42DC
1206 baggage car
39029 transition dormitory
31043 baggage-coach
34058 coach
34024 coach
33035 sightseer lounge
38059 dining car
32006 sleeping car
32064 sleeping car
32075 sleeping car
PPCX 800591 (ex-CN 1098) “Burrard” touring car
PPCX 800724 (ex-UP 105) “Promontory Point” business car
PPCX 800998 (ex-BAR 100) “Suitsme” business car

 

2015 AAPRCO Spirit of St Louis

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The 2015 AAPRCO Convention is being held in St Louis, MO, October 2nd through 4th. For details on the convention, click here.

The following is the schedule and consist of the convention train, the Spirit of St. Louis:

 

TRIP: Sunday, September 27, 2015 to Monday, October 5, 2015 Total Mileage: 1,239

SCHEDULE:

SUN, SEP 27 ( Day 1 ) TRAIN 950 Chicago, IL – Cincinnati, OH

AR CHICAGO 4:30 AM Position train in CUS no later than this time
DP CHICAGO 5:00 AM
PS 81st STREET 5:25 AM Via NS Line (former NKP) Calumet Yard
PS FORT WAYNE, IN 9:15 AM Via NS Line to Muncie, IN
PS MUNCIE 10:30 AM
PS RICHMOND 12:10 PM
PS HAMILTON, OH 1:10 PM
AR MILL 2:00 PM Interchange with IORY Railroad on Vaughn Connection, then continue to Boathouse with Cincinnati Railway pilots
AR UNDERCLIFF YARD 3:00 PM Train will be cut on Main to allow Cincinnati Railway loco
to add private car Oliver Hazard Perry behind 10th car in consist, then recouple train and proceed to Boathouse
AR BOATHOUSE 4:00 PM Layover alongside Ohio River at Boathouse, Oasis Sub,
IORY
MON, SEP 28 ( Day 2 ) Cincinnati, OH – Layover
Off-train passenger activities

TUE, SEP 29 ( Day 3 ) TRAIN 951 Cincinnati, OH – Louisville, KY

DP BOATHOUSE 5:00 AM Assemble train; two (2) Cincinnati Railway locomotives will pull train back to NS Sharonville Yard at Mill
DP MILL 7:30 AM Depart NS Sharonville Yard, pass NS Gest Yard, then
operate via CNO&TP (NS) Rat Hole Line
PS DANVILLE, KY 12:00 PM Via NS Louisville Line
AR LOUISVILLE 7:00 PM Layover in NS Yard, North 30th St. & Garfield Ave.

WED, SEP 30 ( Day 4 ) Louisville, KY – Layover
Off-train passenger activities

THU, OCT 1 ( Day 5 ) TRAIN 955 Louisville, KY – St. Louis, MO

DP LOUISVILLE 6:00 AM Via NS Line
PS CORYDON JCT, IN 6:45 AM
PS HUNTINGBURG 7:45 AM
PS PRINCETON 11:30 AM
PS EAST ST. LOUIS, MO 7:00 PM Interchange with Terminal Railroad in Madison Yard, then
continue to Union Station, St. Louis, with Terminal RR pilots
AR ST. LOUIS UNION STA. 8:00 PM Wye train & back train into Union Station, breaking train
into four drafts occupying four (4) tracks; each draft will be placed on ground power

FRI, OCT 2 ( Day 6 ) St. Louis, MO – Layover
AAPRCO Convention Day 1

SAT, OCT 3 ( Day 7 ) St. Louis, MO – Layover
AAPRCO Convention Day 2

SUN, OCT 4 ( Day 8 ) St. Louis, MO – Layover
AAPRCO Convention Day 3

MON, OCT 5 ( Day 9 ) TRAIN 954 St. Louis, MO – Chicago, IL

ST. LOUIS UNION STA. 7:00 AM Assemble train for departure
DP ST. LOUIS UNION STA. 9:00 AM Via BNSF Mississippi River Line
PS WEST QUINCY 1:00 PM
AR CHICAGO, IL 7:00 PM

CONSIST: Power: Two (2) Amtrak P-42 Locos (Back to Back)
Cars: 1) Pvt Car – 800064 Dagny Taggart (Round end forward)
2) Pvt Car – 800709 Greenwich Harbor
3) Pvt Car – 800738 Greenwich Estates
4) Pvt Car – 800046 J. Pinkney Henderson
5) Pvt Car – 800464 Wisconsin
6) Pvt Car – 800588 Northern Sky (Observation end forward)
7) Pvt Car – 800710 Northern Dreams
8) Pvt Car – 800744 Silver Star
9) Pvt Car – 800069 Cimarron River
10) Pvt Car – 800045 Caritas
11) Pvt Car – 800482 Oliver Hazard Perry (Added to consist at Cincinnati)
12) Pvt Car – 800736 Birch Grove
13) Pvt Car – 800203 Moonlight Dome
14) Pvt Car – 800591 Burrard
15) Pvt Car – 800029 Dearing
16) Pvt Car – 800355 Pacific Sands
17) Pvt Car – 800165 Kansas
18) Pvt Car – 800275 Sierra Hotel
19) Pvt Car – 800724 Promontory Point
20) Pvt Car – 800998 Suitsme

(Note: All cars, other than Cars 1 & 6, should be placed with platform/observation ends trailing)

Check back for more information, photos and videos as they become available.

Also, check out the AAPRCO Facebook page for more information.

2015 AAPRCO Texas Special Photos

Thanks to Dan Barker for sharing some images of the trip and cars heading to become the Texas Special.

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Train #3, The Southwest Chief at Keota with cars heading to join the Texas Special.

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The Chief leaving Las Vegas. New Mexico that is.

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The Texas Special. Wide open space of the West.

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Heading east.

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Crew change at Clovis and departure.

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The Dagny Taggart on the rear as the Special leaves New Mexico for Texas.

2015 AAPRCO Texas Special

 

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Texas and Pacific 1 at San Antonio.

Photo courtesy of Dan Barker

It’s that time of year again! The AAPRCO Mid Term Meeting is being held in San Antonio, Texas. And that means a special train for the event and festivities. This link lists the details.

Here is the consist, listed in alphabetical order:

AAPRCO Texas Special (Albuquerque – Lubbock – Houston – San Antonio)

Amtrak 145

Amtrak 817

BERLIN

BIRCH GROVE

CARITAS

CIMARRON RIVER

DAGNY TAGGART

DEARING

OLIVER HAZARD PERRY

PUGET SOUND

SIERRA HOTEL

SILVER IRIS

Cars added to the consist for the trip from Houston to San Antonio:

EVELYN A. HENRY

TEXAS & PACIFIC 1

WARREN R. HENRY

A gallery of images from the Albuquerque Journal offers a glimpse into the events before the train departed Albuquerque on Sunday, April 19th.

The 2014 APPRCO Pine Tree Limited – So Long, Chicago!

Georgia 300 brings up the rear of NS/Amtrak R2T (984) east on TRACK 1 at 4:45 pm Eastern. At Wauseon, OH at MP 320. Photo by Ron Williams
Georgia 300 brings up the rear of NS/Amtrak R2T (984) east on TRACK 1 at 4:45 pm Eastern. At Wauseon, OH at MP 320. Photo by Ron Williams

In the words of Jackie Gleason, “And away we go!”

After being assembled yesterday, the Pine Tree Limited departed Chicago’s Union Station this morning at 9:44 am Central time, beginning the journey east to Portland, Maine. Here is the link to the convention information.

It is a fine consist, 26 cars in all, making quite the sight to see along the way.

Front to rear out of Chicago:
1. Babbling Brook
2. City of Spokane
3. Puget Sound
4. Sierra Hotel
5. NYC 3
6. Mount Vernon
7. Dearing
8. Dover Harbor
9. Cannonball
10. J Pinckney Henderson
11. Wisconsin
12. Northern Dreams
13. Northern Sky
14. Cimarron River
15. Caritas
16. Pacific Sunset
17. Salisbury Beach
18. Pacific Sands
19. Tioga Pass
20. Vista Canyon
21. Federal
22. Oliver Hazard Perry
23. Observatory
24. Moonlight Dome
25. Birch Grove
26. Georgia 300

It has been a long day, with extremely heavy traffic. Running almost 3 hours late, arriving in Toledo for the Amtrak crew change at 5:49 pm Eastern Time, and a quick departure at 5:55 pm. Arrival into Cleveland at the Norfolk Southern’s Rockport Yard was scheduled for a 2 hour trip. Should be a fine night to take in the city.

Look for more photos of the entire consist soon!