Just a hello
Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:05 PM
I am retired Navy, after having spent 28 years doing a job I loved.
My train travel is quite limited. First trip was from Geneva, IL to Detroit in 1956. I attended seminary that year and at Christmas break took the Chicago Northwestern into Chicago, then the NYC's Wolverine into Detroit. Returned on the reverse. Next came a really long 14 hour journey from Detroit to Great Lakes, IL, first on the Grand Trunk Western from Detroit to Chicago and finishing up on the old North Shore RR to Great Lakes. During my training (boot camp and tech school) I frequented the North Shore on liberty trips to Chicago and Milwaukee. On longer weekends, I would get on the NYC from Chicago to Ann Arbor (and return). Upon graduation from tech school, I boarded the Pennsylvania RR's Broadway Limited to New York City. Except for a couple of years in the mid 60's (once again from Great Lakes to Ann Arbor and return - the only difference being the the North Shore was finished and now the Chicago Northwestern provided service from Great Lakes - Chicago) that was the last of my train travel until about 1994 when my wife and I took Amtrak's Lakeshore Limited from Toledo to Boston (and returned). Actually caught a connector in Ann Arbor via Detroit to Toledo. No more trips until about 5 years ago when we did a round trip from Boston - Washington on Amtrak.
I have just scheduled a round trip from Boston - Florida (Deerfield Beach) (Silver Meteor) next January and not only am I looking forward to that, but also to all the interesting tidbits I will be able to pick up on these forums.
BTW, as seems to have been brought up in various and sundry posts I am one of the anti-acronym folks. I know I can go to Amtrak's site and find the city codes, but I guess I will just have to slog through the others until I learn 'em.
Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:55 PM
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Edited by jimhudson, 18 March 2012 - 07:57 PM.
Hope to See See ya' in the Windy City for the Gathering in Oct!!!
"What a Long,Strange Trip it's Been!"-Grateful Dead
"..My heart is warm with the friends I make,and better friends I'll not be knowing,
Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,No matter where its going!.." -Edna St. Vincent Millay
Posted 18 March 2012 - 08:37 PM
As far as the codes, many are the same as the airports (BOS, ALB, EWR, SEA, MSP, MIA. LAX, etc...), some are abbreviations (CS = Coast Starlight, CZ = California Zephyr, NTD = National Train Day, etc...) and many you'll learn. If you don't know, just ask!
Edited by the_traveler, 18 March 2012 - 08:38 PM.
A training I will go ... !
Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:21 PM
Amtrak miles: 101,379; Routes: Silver Meteor, Champion (1973), Silver Star, Auto Train, Capitol Limited, Empire Builder, Lakeshore Limited, Adirondack, Vermonter, Cardinal, California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, Texas Eagle (CHI-STL), Missouri River Runner, Acela Express (FC), Southwest Chief, Cascades, Crescent, City of New Orleans, Hiawatha Service, Maple Leaf, Keystone Service, Northeast Regional, Downeaster.
VIA miles: 4,584; Routes: The Canadian (westbound), Ocean (eastbound/westbound).
Posted 27 March 2012 - 06:02 AM
Glad you are here and I hope you enjoy the forum.
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
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