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#41 tim49424

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Posted 29 April 2018 - 08:04 PM

sounds great! Thanks for the answer. The automat I read about was a long time ago in the 90's. I figured it had changed but sometimes Amtrak does seem to inordinately stay the same so I just wanted to make sure. If you want to read the history of it. try the link or that doesn't work search for Pere Marquete Automat car trainweb and it should come up. http://www.trainweb....h.FGDc64aB.dpbs


Indeed, I checked it out. It wouldn’t surprise me at all that with all the cuts at Amtrak with airline man, Richard Anderson as CEO, that something like that would return to the PM, eliminating the LSA.

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:11 PM

I rode it back then - it wasn’t horrible, but I was just looking for a snack. The best thing about it was having outlets in all the booths, which made it easy for me to work. That was not normal back then. Today, there are plenty of outlets everywhere, and I’d prefer the LSA to a machine any day. But the machine beats nothing at all.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 09:09 AM

The Pere Maquette served Hammond-Whiting until April 29, 2001. I did some research I think from timetables.org when writing up the Pere Marquette Page http://subwaynut.com...uette/index.phpfor my website.
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Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:48 AM

The Pere Maquette served Hammond-Whiting until April 29, 2001. I did some research I think from timetables.org when writing up the Pere Marquette Page http://subwaynut.com...uette/index.phpfor my website.


Interesting......the H-W stop predatated my Amtrak days by 6 years. I had no clue they stopped there on the PM before. Are there any Amtrak trains that serve that stop there anymore? I always see it when on the PM and wonder.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 11:50 AM

The Pere Maquette served Hammond-Whiting until April 29, 2001. I did some research I think from timetables.org when writing up the Pere Marquette Page http://subwaynut.com...uette/index.phpfor my website.

Interesting......the H-W stop predatated my Amtrak days by 6 years. I had no clue they stopped there on the PM before. Are there any Amtrak trains that serve that stop there anymore? I always see it when on the PM and wonder.
Some Wolverine trains still stop there.
Routes Travelled: CL WAS-CHI, Card. CHI-WAS, Caro. CLT-RGH, CS SEA-LAX, CZ CHI-RIC, Cre. BAL-ATL, EB SEA-CHI, ES NYG/NYP-NFL, LSL BOS/NYP-CHI, ML ALB-NYP, NER FBG-RVR+WAS-BOS, PS LAX-ANA, Pen. NYP-PGH, Pie. RGH-CLT, SM ORL-NYP, SS MIA-NYP

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 12:11 PM

The Pere Maquette served Hammond-Whiting until April 29, 2001. I did some research I think from timetables.org when writing up the Pere Marquette Page http://subwaynut.com...uette/index.phpfor my website.

Interesting......the H-W stop predatated my Amtrak days by 6 years. I had no clue they stopped there on the PM before. Are there any Amtrak trains that serve that stop there anymore? I always see it when on the PM and wonder.
Some Wolverine trains still stop there.

Apparently not the Wolverines I’ve taken. I don’t ever recall stopping there.

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Posted 02 May 2018 - 12:13 PM

 

The Pere Maquette served Hammond-Whiting until April 29, 2001. I did some research I think from timetables.org when writing up the Pere Marquette Page http://subwaynut.com...uette/index.phpfor my website.


Interesting......the H-W stop predatated my Amtrak days by 6 years. I had no clue they stopped there on the PM before. Are there any Amtrak trains that serve that stop there anymore? I always see it when on the PM and wonder.

 

Me too - started riding the P-M in 2006...H-W used to be served by the 12:50 Wolverine (now 12:40 - #352) I think - I take that train a lot and I'm pretty sure it used to stop there as the first stop.  Now New Buffalo is the first stop.



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Posted 02 May 2018 - 12:30 PM

The Pere Maquette served Hammond-Whiting until April 29, 2001. I did some research I think from timetables.org when writing up the Pere Marquette Page http://subwaynut.com...uette/index.phpfor my website.

Interesting......the H-W stop predatated my Amtrak days by 6 years. I had no clue they stopped there on the PM before. Are there any Amtrak trains that serve that stop there anymore? I always see it when on the PM and wonder.
Some Wolverine trains still stop there.
Apparently not the Wolverines Ive taken. I dont ever recall stopping there.
Going east, only the morning departure from Chicago stops there whereas going west two of the three Wolverines stop there (not the morning arrival into Chicago).

Edited by brianpmcdonnell17, 02 May 2018 - 12:30 PM.

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 02:04 PM

 

 

 

 

 

Happy to see they are also now adding extra trains for the Senior PGA tournament in May.  Still hopeful to have 2x day trains at some point but even if just for summer or summer weekends, it would be great to try it out!  This is another great step toward that IMO.  Interesting too that the drop off in St Joe/Benton Harbor will be at a different location that is walkable to the tournament.
  Pere Marquette: Extra Service for Tulip Festival and Senior PGA Tournament
Effective Saturdays and Sundays, May 5 - 27, 2018
Amtrak is providing extra service between the Chicago area and points in Michigan for the Tulip Festival in Holland and the Senior PGA Golf Tournament in St. Joseph. Saturdays

  • On May 5 and 12, Trains 374 and 375 will operate an extra round trip between Chicago and Holland to offer service to and from the Tulip Festival.
  • On May 26, Trains 377 and 378 will operate an extra round trip between Chicago and St. Joseph, Michigan for the Senior PGA Golf Tournament, stopping at Graham Road, which is walking distance to the golf course.
  • These extra trains will make an additional stop at Hammond-Whiting on the above dates to accommodate passengers attending both events.
Sundays May 6, 13 and 27
Train 371 will make an extra station stop at Hammond-Whiting to accommodate passengers wishing to stay overnight after the events and return to the Chicago area the next day.
The extra trains on May 26 terminate in St. Joe?


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yes those trains are just for the Senior PGA which is in Benton Harbor, the other trains earlier in May are for the Holland Tulip Fest
The PGA trains must be a first where it terminates in St. Joe. Plus, I don’t know but also the extra trains adding Hammond-Whiting might be a first for the PM.


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yes, this it the first time for a special train for the Sr. PGA and definitely the first time stopping at a different location, but it's doable based on the areas the tracks go through.  Hammond Whiting is definitely a first too for the PM.
Oh, not stopping at the station in St. Joe? The more I hear, the less PM like these Senior PGA trains seem like.

Also, It does seem like the regular trains will meet at some point with both sets of special trains. I’ll keep an eye out for the Tulip Time trains.


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No I'm not sure they are not ALSO stopping at the regular SJ stop - it's not clear and tickets don't seem to be available yet for these trains so hard to know.

I talked to Jeff, the a/c on the PM this morning regarding the Sr. PGA train and he informed me that, no, they will not be stopping at the station....he said there is trackage that goes to the golf course and passengers will detrain and board there. His comment to me was that the drop off point actually will be closer than most parking for the event. He also stated that the H-W stop on all three trains makes no sense to him whatsoever due to the close proximity to CUS.

Also, I did see the extra tulip time train this morning. We met somewhere around the Michigan-Indiana border.....the first PM meet I’ve (or anyone else?) ever experienced. I’ll again look for it on the return trip next Saturday.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 04:54 PM

so did anyone take the special train to the Senior PGA tournament? Just curious what they thought and how the de-training went at a different location?



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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:13 PM

so did anyone take the special train to the Senior PGA tournament? Just curious what they thought and how the de-training went at a different location?

 

According to this news article in the local paper, it sounds like just 25 people took the train:

 

http://www.heraldpal...469297fa43.html



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Posted 29 May 2018 - 08:48 PM

Not surprised at all that ridership was so low.

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