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Amtrak 2017 Autumn Excursion October 14-15 up and down the Hudson


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#41 railiner

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Posted 15 September 2017 - 03:18 PM

Let's see if I understand the seating setup...
If I want to be facing forward on the river side, for the Newark to Selkirk segment...
Then when I board at New York, I should try to get a seat facing East (toward the rear of the train), and on the South Side... does that sound right?
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Posted 15 September 2017 - 04:39 PM

Let's see if I understand the seating setup...
If I want to be facing forward on the river side, for the Newark to Selkirk segment...
Then when I board at New York, I should try to get a seat facing East (toward the rear of the train), and on the South Side... does that sound right?

Yes, and be on the firemen's side, not the engineer's side.



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Posted 15 September 2017 - 05:41 PM

It may be disorienting as there will probably be locomotives on both sides of the train, correct? If you look up at the track numbers on the Penn Station platforms, there is an arrow pointing to "Front of LIRR train". You would want to grab a seat facing in this direction if you wanted to be on the river side going up the Hudson (or the opposite direction if you want the land side). I'm still debating what side I want....



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 09:38 PM

 

Let's see if I understand the seating setup...
If I want to be facing forward on the river side, for the Newark to Selkirk segment...
Then when I board at New York, I should try to get a seat facing East (toward the rear of the train), and on the South Side... does that sound right?

Yes, and be on the firemen's side, not the engineer's side.

 

I guess you mean the 'fireman's' side as the train moves between New York and Newark...then after Newark it all reverses...,right?


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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:48 AM

Agree with Jeb that those of us in flyover country are better off using the $$$ it would take to get to and stay in NYC to ride on a Classic RR or take an Amtrak trip on a scheduled Train.

Otherwise it sounds like fun if you are close to the Apple, or are Rich!

Yeah I agree, sounds like it'd be fun if you lived around NYC and had a lot of $$, to do this trip. I'm totally with you, in thinking I'd be better off going on a regularly scheduled Amtrak train to see this stretch of the Hudson River. Which yes, is really nice since I've gone through there on Amtrak(via taking the Lake Shore Limited) once before.

 

 

Shirts are for sale. 

 

http://amtrak.bnr.co...oductList.aspx?

Ugh, that link is no longer working. :( And I got a silly 'Unauthorized! We're sorry, but you are unauthorized to visit this website.' white screen page. What the fudge, did they stop selling the t-shirts for this event? I guess I'll see if Web Archive archived that site in time, before it went down earlier this month.



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Posted 19 September 2017 - 11:59 AM

 

Agree with Jeb that those of us in flyover country are better off using the $$$ it would take to get to and stay in NYC to ride on a Classic RR or take an Amtrak trip on a scheduled Train.

Otherwise it sounds like fun if you are close to the Apple, or are Rich!

Yeah I agree, sounds like it'd be fun if you lived around NYC and had a lot of $$, to do this trip. I'm totally with you, in thinking I'd be better off going on a regularly scheduled Amtrak train to see this stretch of the Hudson River. Which yes, is really nice since I've gone through there on Amtrak(via taking the Lake Shore Limited) once before.

 

 

Shirts are for sale. 

 

http://amtrak.bnr.co...oductList.aspx?

Ugh, that link is no longer working. :( And I got a silly 'Unauthorized! We're sorry, but you are unauthorized to visit this website.' white screen page. What the fudge, did they stop selling the t-shirts for this event? I guess I'll see if Web Archive archived that site in time, before it went down earlier this month.

 

Yes, the sale was limited and has been closed.  They need the lead time to get the shirts made and shipped.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 07:57 PM

Are AGR companion coupons good for this, in conjunction with a paid ticket?



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:07 PM

Are AGR companion coupons good for this, in conjunction with a paid ticket?

Probably not.  



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 09:15 AM

There is no mention of mileage on Amtrak's site. Boarding is at 8:00 AM and returning to NYP at 6:10 PM. Ten hours is quite a long ride. Does anyone know how long this trip is? I guess about 250 miles.

And my other question: Are there any stops along the route? Or is it just NYP to NYP?

Anyone who has the answer?


Amtrak Routes Traveled: Lake Shore Limited, California Zephyr, San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Cardinal, Crescent, Sunset Limited, Southwest Chief, Hiawatha, City of New Orleans, Texas Eagle, Heartland Flyer, Missouri River Runner, Lincoln, Wolverine, Northeast Regional, Acela Express, Downeaster, Vermonter, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Capitol Limited, Pennsylvanian, Amtrak Cascades.

Other Routes in North America: Denali Star (Alaska Railroad), The Ocean (Halifax, NS-Montréal, QC), Corridor Montréal-Toronto, The Canadian (Toronto, ON-Vancouver, BC).

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 10:40 AM

Length in miles would be somewhere between 250 and 280 or so.

 

There is a pickup stop at NWK on the way out. Other than that no scheduled stops. I am sure they will stop at Selkirk, since they have to reverse.



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 04:49 PM

I plotted it out at 282 miles: 10 miles to NYP to Newark, then 134 miles to Selkirk, 22 miles from Selkirk to Hudson, then 116 miles back to NYP.



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 07:37 AM

The Autumn Express will change to diesel power, presumably P42s, at NWK. Once it crosses the Hudson River, will it just go down the southbound ramp to the old NYC line or will it back up the northbound ramp to ALB to get dual-modes?


Edited by RPC, 28 September 2017 - 07:38 AM.


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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:51 AM

It will not go to ALB.


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Posted 30 September 2017 - 10:11 AM

@jis

@PRR 60

 

Thank you very much for your answers. Greatly appreciated!


Amtrak Routes Traveled: Lake Shore Limited, California Zephyr, San Joaquin, Pacific Surfliner, Coast Starlight, Empire Builder, Cardinal, Crescent, Sunset Limited, Southwest Chief, Hiawatha, City of New Orleans, Texas Eagle, Heartland Flyer, Missouri River Runner, Lincoln, Wolverine, Northeast Regional, Acela Express, Downeaster, Vermonter, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Capitol Limited, Pennsylvanian, Amtrak Cascades.

Other Routes in North America: Denali Star (Alaska Railroad), The Ocean (Halifax, NS-Montréal, QC), Corridor Montréal-Toronto, The Canadian (Toronto, ON-Vancouver, BC).

Amtrak: approx. 25,000 miles and 47 states.

VIA Rail Canada: approx. 4,300 miles and eight provinces.


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Posted 03 October 2017 - 03:18 PM

According to a post on Facebook from a planner of the trips:

 

1. The Saturday trip is sold out as of Tuesday 10/3. The Sunday trip is still available

2. Pins will be distributed after departure from NWK

3. For the non-vegans the box lunch is Turkey

4. The train will board at Track 10 at NYP

5. Boarding will start around 7:20am

6. There maybe a runby photo shoot opportunity for the riders at Rhinecliff.



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Posted 05 October 2017 - 12:02 AM

According to a post on Facebook from a planner of the trips:

 

1. The Saturday trip is sold out as of Tuesday 10/3. The Sunday trip is still available

2. Pins will be distributed after departure from NWK

3. For the non-vegans the box lunch is Turkey

4. The train will board at Track 10 at NYP

5. Boarding will start around 7:20am

6. There maybe a runby photo shoot opportunity for the riders at Rhinecliff.

Thanks for relaying that info....sounds like the usual excursion details...lunch will probably be in one of those insulated souvenir bags.   Any word on the consist?  Similar to last year, or maybe a surprise?


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 11:09 AM

Similar to last year with a diesel on each end and the 9800 tucked in for good measure.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 01:51 PM

Similar to last year with a diesel on each end and the 9800 tucked in for good measure.

Is 642 also going to tag along?



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Posted 10 October 2017 - 08:26 AM

It looks like the weather is going to be as close to perfect as it can get, more so for Saturday than Sunday. On Sunday there may be a few issues later in the day.



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Posted 10 October 2017 - 04:06 PM

Yeah....we seem to be lucky, weather-wise, for the fifth year, straight... :cool:

Although, for the leaf-peeper's on the train, I'm not so sure....


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