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#1 EMTDON

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:41 PM

Hello all! My name is Don. I'm an EMT and volunteer Firefighter. I'm 35 and from Pittsburgh, Pa. Always loved trains as a kid and in 2009 I rode one with my girlfriend and son for the first time, We have taken the Amtrak 3 times now for a round trip Pittsburgh to Chicago to Bloomington/Normal.

I saw this forum and was excited to join!!! I am a Moderator and Administrator to many other forums.

Any questions? Please feel free to ask!

Edited by EMTDON, 09 February 2012 - 07:51 PM.

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Amtrak's ridden: Capitol Limited (29 & 30), Texas Eagle (21), Lincoln Service (306)


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

Welcome aboard Don.

Help yourself to a drink, have a seat, and make yourself comfortable. :cool:

Any views expressed are my own and do not represent the views of my employer, parent companies, partners, or subsidiaries.

Over 50,000 people just like you recently signed a petition to expand high speed passenger rail in the United States of America.

Long live The Coast Starlight, The California Zephyr, The Empire Builder, The Southwest Chief, and The Canadian.


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:50 PM

From Pittsburgh?Posted Image We won't hold it against you!Posted Image

Really Don, welcome to AU!Posted Image

As you said, if YOU have any questions, please ask. And if you can provide any information, please do!Posted Image
Take it easy .......

Take the train instead!

#4 EMTDON

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:52 PM

Thanks all!

I have a question. There is an online "Amtrak train tracker" online. Anybody ever seen this???

I have it saved as a favorite and it is very neat...

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:58 PM

Yes we have heard of it!!! The Amtrak Status Maps were created by our own John Bobinyec!!! Good to have you aboard.

Johnny

Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner (100000000000), Southwest Chief (5), California Zephyr (1), Coast Starlight (6), Capitol Corridor (1), Empire Builder (2), Acela Express (1), LSL (1), NE Regional (2)
Non-Amtrak: NCTD Coaster (at least 20), Metrolink (4), SD Trolley (at least 20), LACMTA Red Line (at least 50), Seattle Streetcar (1), Chicago 'L' (probably 13), NYC Subway (probably 15), WMATA Mass Transit (probably 20), LIRR (1), Las Vegas Monorail (at least 12), MBTA Mass Transit (16), NJ Transit commuter rail (3), I'm sure there are more that I can't think of right now

upcoming Amtrak: Pacific Surfliner (10000000000 more)
upcoming non-Amtrak: Coaster, Red Line/Expo Line in LA, NJ Transit (5-10)

Pretty good for a 16 year old :)


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:59 PM

Welcome to the forum, Don! I have an uncle who lives between Bloomington and Champaign, and every year I fly from my home here in Washington to his, and we take a long-distance Amtrak journey. I've been to the Bloomington station many times.

As for the train tracker, is this what you're referring to? Amtrak status maps

Amtrak Routes Traveled: City of New Orleans, State House/Lincoln Service, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, Capitol Limited, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle/Sunset Limited, Silver Meteor, Lake Shore Limited
Pre-Amtrak Routes Traveled: Empire Builder (Great Northern), North Coast Limited (Northern Pacific), Abraham Lincoln (Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio), City of Hinkle (Union Pacific)
Bustitutions: Portland-Spokane (EB)
Amtrak Miles: 52,566

Pre-Amtrak Miles: 8,482
Bustitution Miles: 362

Excursion trains ridden: Chehalis and Centralia Railroad, Mt. Hood Scenic Railroad, and trains at the
Illinois Railway Museum, Monticello (IL)Railroad Museum, and the California Railway Museum.


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Posted 09 February 2012 - 08:03 PM

That is it! I check that daily to see how the Illinois trains and the Capital Limited and Pennsylvanian are running. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, but lived a year in Illinois, Union station is huge..lol. I like the Bloomington/Normal one too, but its not that big. The station here in Pittsburgh is a pretty decent size for only having 2 trains out of it.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:04 PM

Welcome from another Pittsburgher. This is a great place to share and learn about Amtrak. :D

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:06 PM

Yay! Another 'Burgh person!!!!! :P

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:57 AM

Welcome to AU.
Spirit of St Louis, Broadway Limited, Three Rivers, Cardinal, Lake Shore Limited, Silver Star, Pennsylvanian, Keystone, Silver Meteor, Regional, Acela, Capitol Limited, Hoosier State, Texas Eagle, Maple Leaf, Empire Service, Ethan Allen, Eurostar, TGV, BR, Orient Express, Netherlands Rail, SCNF, DSB, Deutsche Bahn, KCRC, MRT, MTR, California Zephyr, Carolinian, Missouri River Runner, Lincoln Service, Crescent, Sunset Limited, Empire Builder, Southwest Chief, Coast Starlight, Cascades, Pacific Surfliner, BART, CalTrain, NJ Transit, SEPTA, PATCO, Dinky, MBTA, Downeaster, UTA Trax, Heartland Flyer, Hiawatha, Illinois Zehpyr,Carl Sandburg, Piedmont, Vermonter, Metro North

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:46 AM

Welcome to AU Group From BuckeyeLand :hi:

Amtrak Trains Ridden So Far:
Lake Shore Ltd, Capitol Ltd, Pennsylvanian, NE Corridors, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Empire Builder, California Zephyr, Hoosier, SW Chief, Surfliners, California Capitol Corridors, Coast Starlight, Cascades. Texas Eagle, San Joaquins, Missouri River Runner,Cardinal, Downeaster, Silver Meteor, Keystones, Auto Train, Adirondack, Lincoln Service, Illinois Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Texas Eagle Detour Rt, Autumn Excursion Tour PHL, Silver Star,  -- 61,860  Amtrak miles & counting


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Posted 10 February 2012 - 04:18 PM

Volunteer firefighter in Pittsburgh, a large city with numerous calls a year? I'm a volunteer firefighter/EMT in rural area of eastern New Mexico.

Welcome!
Entire length in segments- Southwest Chief (LSV-LAX & CHI-LSV), Pacific Surfliner (SLO-LAX & LAX-SAN) & San Joaquin (Oakland stub)
Entire length, end to end- Lake Shore Limited (Boston stub) (11/09), Downeaster (11/09) & Coast Starlight (10/11)
Partial- California Zephyr (SLC-EMY), Hiawatha, Cascades (SEA-PDX) & Acela (BOS-PVD)

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 11:01 PM

Volunteer firefighter in Pittsburgh, a large city with numerous calls a year? I'm a volunteer firefighter/EMT in rural area of eastern New Mexico.

Welcome!


I shall rephrase it. Outside of Pittsburgh, Pa.......the city is paid. My Fire department is quiet actually..lol

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