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#21 railiner

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 04:51 PM

It's sad there haven't been any posts in this thread in 6 years, since I was thinking I might do a Pittsburgh Amtrak trip very soon. It's interesting the original post didn't mention(as I'd been doing research on Pittsburgh, for whenever I finally do this trip soon) that there's an Andy Warhol museum, and ditto with one for Roberto Clemente.

 

Just posting here, since maybe for all I know it'd revive interest in this forgotten thread?  :) Who knows, though I cross fingers that it would help get this thread some needed life.

You must have been inspired by them doing the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt live from here, last Thursday.... ;)


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:10 PM

 

It's sad there haven't been any posts in this thread in 6 years, since I was thinking I might do a Pittsburgh Amtrak trip very soon. It's interesting the original post didn't mention(as I'd been doing research on Pittsburgh, for whenever I finally do this trip soon) that there's an Andy Warhol museum, and ditto with one for Roberto Clemente.

 

Just posting here, since maybe for all I know it'd revive interest in this forgotten thread?  :) Who knows, though I cross fingers that it would help get this thread some needed life.

 

I would recommend:

 

PNC Park - best MLB stadium in the country, even if it's not always home to the best team!

 

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning - tallest academic building in the United States.  Incredible Gothic architecture, and they have Nationality Rooms for over 30 countries which are open to visitors.

 

East Carson Street - For about 20 blocks this South Side neighborhood is full of bars and restaurants - just don't try to have a beer at every one!

 

All interesting suggestions, particularly the last 2. I was already thinking about a PNC Park visit(either game or stadium tour), btw. Other neighborhoods I should consider visiting as well? And I know there are at least 2 operational incline railroads, to neighborhoods on top of a hill. Maybe the neighborhoods of Oakland, Squirrel Hill, and around Carnegie Mellon University would be possibilities to visit, as well. 



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Posted 15 May 2018 - 05:12 PM

 

It's sad there haven't been any posts in this thread in 6 years, since I was thinking I might do a Pittsburgh Amtrak trip very soon. It's interesting the original post didn't mention(as I'd been doing research on Pittsburgh, for whenever I finally do this trip soon) that there's an Andy Warhol museum, and ditto with one for Roberto Clemente.

 

Just posting here, since maybe for all I know it'd revive interest in this forgotten thread?  :) Who knows, though I cross fingers that it would help get this thread some needed life.

You must have been inspired by them doing the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt live from here, last Thursday.... ;)

 

Actually, I did NOT see that Lester Holt segment whatsoever. As it is, I hardly ever catch the nightly news at 5:30pm central time, like I used to years ago. A video clip link to whatever you're talking about where Lester was filming in Pittsburgh, please? Or at least describe what Lester was filming about, for that news in Pittsburgh. Thanks.



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 03:38 PM

 

 

It's sad there haven't been any posts in this thread in 6 years, since I was thinking I might do a Pittsburgh Amtrak trip very soon. It's interesting the original post didn't mention(as I'd been doing research on Pittsburgh, for whenever I finally do this trip soon) that there's an Andy Warhol museum, and ditto with one for Roberto Clemente.

 

Just posting here, since maybe for all I know it'd revive interest in this forgotten thread?  :) Who knows, though I cross fingers that it would help get this thread some needed life.

 

I would recommend:

 

PNC Park - best MLB stadium in the country, even if it's not always home to the best team!

 

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning - tallest academic building in the United States.  Incredible Gothic architecture, and they have Nationality Rooms for over 30 countries which are open to visitors.

 

East Carson Street - For about 20 blocks this South Side neighborhood is full of bars and restaurants - just don't try to have a beer at every one!

 

All interesting suggestions, particularly the last 2. I was already thinking about a PNC Park visit(either game or stadium tour), btw. Other neighborhoods I should consider visiting as well? And I know there are at least 2 operational incline railroads, to neighborhoods on top of a hill. Maybe the neighborhoods of Oakland, Squirrel Hill, and around Carnegie Mellon University would be possibilities to visit, as well. 

 

 

There are some interesting business districts in the East End including those along Liberty Ave. in Bloomfield and Butler St. in Lawrenceville (both working class but transitioning to hipster), and Walnut St. in Shadyside and Murray Ave/Forbes Ave. in Squirrel Hill (more upscale).  The Duquesne Incline takes you up to Mount Washington, which has a great view of the downtown.

 

Also interesting are the city-maintained stairs, which exist throughout the city and especially in the South Side Slopes.  They are officially city-maintained streets, built for residents who once walked down the stairs to steel mills along the river.  Many people had to walk up hundreds of steps to get home after working a 12-hour day in the mill!  https://www.discover...th-side-slopes/


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Posted 23 May 2018 - 05:23 PM

I was in Pittsburgh last month for 2-3 days, and took Amtrak to & from. I highly recommend:

 

*going up one incline, walking along the street at the top of the cliff, and coming down the other incline. We went up the Monongahela Incline next to Station Square (bunch of restaurants, shops, and a hotel on the site of the old P&LE RR station) and came down the Duquesne Incline. The sweeping view of downtown and much of the city is spectacular, but the neighborhood up there is nice to see too.

 

*the river cruise. It's not long (about an hour), and it doesn't go very far, but considering how many of the sights of the city can be seen from the river, it's a great introduction to the city.

 

*the Cathedral of Learning and the surrounding university campuses (U. Pittsburgh, Carnegie-Mellon) and neighborhood. Of course, go to the top(ish) of the Cathedral for the views. If you have it to spare, allow over an hour to see the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral: classrooms on the first and third floors lavishly decorated to be reminiscent of the various nationalities of Pittsburgh. And pay the fee for the first floor rooms, don't coat-tail on paying customers.  :o

 

Also went to a game at PNC Park. Nice ballpark with a very nice view of downtown, but I had nobody to root for  :P and the weather was a bit unpleasant in the nosebleed seats on the wintery "spring" day I attended. That said, PNC Park seats are much cheaper than Wrigley Field seats.  :cool: Definitely take the free T light-rail subway to/from if you go, unless your hotel is close.

 

By the way, I think I ran into former Sen. Santorum on the elevator to the top of the Cathedral. I'm not sure if I was him I would wear a jacket with my name stitched on the front at a university campus.  :giggle: (Yes, I know he's an alum.)


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Posted 26 May 2018 - 10:44 AM

The inclines are highly recommended. Buy a day pass, take the bus to the Duquesne, ride up, enjoy the view, walk to the Monongahela, ride down, and take the light rail back downtown.

 

When visiting the Duquesne Incline, don't forget about the machine room. As of little over a year ago, one can observe it and the cables from a balcony. Look for the turnstile, which costs 50 cents to enter. It's nestled in the corner and not incredibly overt.


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Posted 01 June 2018 - 12:19 PM

 

 

It's sad there haven't been any posts in this thread in 6 years, since I was thinking I might do a Pittsburgh Amtrak trip very soon. It's interesting the original post didn't mention(as I'd been doing research on Pittsburgh, for whenever I finally do this trip soon) that there's an Andy Warhol museum, and ditto with one for Roberto Clemente.

 

Just posting here, since maybe for all I know it'd revive interest in this forgotten thread?  :) Who knows, though I cross fingers that it would help get this thread some needed life.

You must have been inspired by them doing the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt live from here, last Thursday.... ;)

 

Actually, I did NOT see that Lester Holt segment whatsoever. As it is, I hardly ever catch the nightly news at 5:30pm central time, like I used to years ago. A video clip link to whatever you're talking about where Lester was filming in Pittsburgh, please? Or at least describe what Lester was filming about, for that news in Pittsburgh. Thanks.

 

Sorry I didn't see your reply earlier....if you're still watching, here you go...  


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 12:20 AM

 

 

 

It's sad there haven't been any posts in this thread in 6 years, since I was thinking I might do a Pittsburgh Amtrak trip very soon. It's interesting the original post didn't mention(as I'd been doing research on Pittsburgh, for whenever I finally do this trip soon) that there's an Andy Warhol museum, and ditto with one for Roberto Clemente.

 

Just posting here, since maybe for all I know it'd revive interest in this forgotten thread?  :) Who knows, though I cross fingers that it would help get this thread some needed life.

You must have been inspired by them doing the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt live from here, last Thursday.... ;)

 

Actually, I did NOT see that Lester Holt segment whatsoever. As it is, I hardly ever catch the nightly news at 5:30pm central time, like I used to years ago. A video clip link to whatever you're talking about where Lester was filming in Pittsburgh, please? Or at least describe what Lester was filming about, for that news in Pittsburgh. Thanks.

 

Sorry I didn't see your reply earlier....if you're still watching, here you go...  

 

Thanks for posting a link to that video! It was interesting to watch, even if it was mainly about worries of gentrification and the tech boom there. FYI the Pittsburgh segments in this video are from 11:00 to 14:15 and 15:59 to the end, if you want to go straight to watching those PGH news segments.

 

Oh yeah, and looking back to my Pittsburgh trip I wish I had spent the 50 cents to briefly look in that machine/mechanical room of the Duquesne Incline. :( At least I did remember(thanks to google street view research I did before that trip) to walk a few blocks northwest on Grandview Ave, to a point where you got a clearer view of where the Alleghany and Monogahalia(sp?) Rivers combine together to become the Ohio River. I'll remember to go into that room next time I'm in PGH, though. WAY, WAYYYYY overdue to post a travelogue report about my Chicago-Pittsburgh Amtrak trip in that specific forum section, but don't worry such a post is coming soon. Even if sigh, I wish I'd done it sooner and not 2.5 months late....

 

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When visiting the Duquesne Incline, don't forget about the machine room. As of little over a year ago, one can observe it and the cables from a balcony. Look for the turnstile, which costs 50 cents to enter. It's nestled in the corner and not incredibly overt.

 

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