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.