BOSTON, MA – March 27, 2013 – Rare mileage aficionados will be sure to be aboard a pair of trips that will cover territory that is today owned by Norfolk Southern and Pan Am Railways, but historically covers trackage from the Nickel Plate, Norfolk & Western, Pennsylvania Railroad, Virginian, and the Boston & Maine.
Beginning on April 6, the special train will be launched from Chicago, Illinois and will traverse Norfolk Southern trackage to Norfolk, Virginia, before heading to Washington, D.C. and on to Boston on the rear of Amtrak train #174. The original train is reportedly going to consist of Iowa Pacific Holdings-owned private cars: Caritas, Cimarron River, Diner 448, Minnesota River, and the Swift Stream. Power for this portion of the move is to be a pair of Amtrak locomotives, P42-9DCs if available.
The first leg of the trip, billed as the “Southeastern Explorers”, begins on April 6, when the train departs Chicago, Illinois for Bellevue, Ohio on the ex-Nickel Plate trackage. Details of the trip are as follows:
- April 6: Chicago, IL to Bellevue, OH with an overnight planned for Bellevue.
- April 7: Bellevue to Portsmouth with an overnight planned in Portsmouth.
- April 8: Portsmouth to Roanoke. Overnight in Roanoke.
- April 9: Roanoke to Norfolk, VA, via Abilene, Burkeville, Norfolk Bridge 5. Equipment parks overnight at Amtrak coach yard.
- April 10: Equipment leaves Norfolk 0430 on Amtrak #174 for Washington, DC and Boston.
After this trip, equipment will lay over in Boston to prepare for the Pan Am Southern trip on April 13.
On April 13, the train will depart Boston’s North Station and run over the Pan Am Southern to Mechanicville, New York and then on to Saratoga, New York. Billed as the first public ‘fan’ trip through Hoosac Tunnel in decades, the trip will continue with the same equipment as previously mentioned, however will be pulled by the Pan Am Railway’s executive FP9 duo of PAR-1 and PAR-2. Additionally, two ex-Santa Fe ‘great dome’ cars will be added at Ayer, Massachusetts on the westbound trip, owing to clearance issues east of that location.
The April 13 trip is scheduled to operate as follows:
Lv. Boston, North Station, 0800. Passenger pickup at Anderson Transportation Center (0820) and Ayer (1020).
Arr. Mechanicville, NY 1740
Arr. Saratoga, NY 1900.
Buses will return passengers to Anderson Transportation Center, Ayer, Riverside and downtown Boston.
The equipment will continue to tour on Sunday, making a special trip up the Saratoga & North Creek and return to Albany/Rensselaer to connect with Amtrak #49 for the return trip to Chicago. The final portion of the schedule is listed as follows:
Sunday, April 14: the Saratoga and North Creek will operate a special train to North Creek and return.
Monday, April 15: equipment moves by special train to Albany/Rensselaer to connect with Amtrak #49 for Chicago.
Tuesday, April 16: arrive Chicago 0945. Trip ends.