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#1 Twin Star Rocket

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 03:08 PM

To celebrate my birthday and upcoming retirement,   I booked the May 10th trip of the Amtrak Northeast Regional train to Roanoke with private car Moonlight Dome (ex-B&O) on the rear.  Culinary highlight of the trip was a 4- or 5-course meal (I lost count!) and a port tasting session after supper. 

Needless to say, the scenery was commendable, especially as we approached the Blue Ridge.  We had a mix of rain, misty clouds, and clearing night skies to complement the train ride.

Since rooms were booked and expensive in Roanoke with college graduations happening,  I stayed just one night and returned on the Moonlight Dome the following morning with breakfast aboard.  Patches of cloud shrouded the landscape so much so that as we exited a tunnel and trestle after leaving Lynchburg, it seemed we were riding on the clouds !  Neat.


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Posted 24 June 2018 - 06:11 PM

Wow, sounds like a wonderful trip (jealous)! Happy birthday and congrats on your retirement!


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Posted 24 June 2018 - 09:57 PM

How did you find the crew? I used to work with VMT and I'm curious at their level of service if it's gone up since 2017.
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Posted 24 June 2018 - 11:49 PM

Seaboard92:  Moonlight Dome crew of 4 was very service minded.  I'd ride again. One passenger on board was a VMT board member from the D.C. area.


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My last pre-Amtrak trip was the Texas Chief from Ft. Worth to Chicago and the Capitol Limited from Chicago (Northwestern station) to Washington D.C.
I rode my first Amtrak train in April 1972. I have ridden nearly all the long-distance routes including the Texas Chief (Lone Star), Inter-American, Panama Limited, National Limited, Pioneer, Desert Wind, Spirit of California, Sunset Limited (Florida extension), Broadway Limited, and Chief. I also rode the Rio Grande Zephyr, Southern Crescent, Peoria Rocket, Georgia RR mixed train, and Soo Line mixed train in the post-Amtrak era.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 02:58 AM

It's interesting to think Roanoke has Amtrak service now. Good to hear that a NE Regional Amtrak train to Lynchburg was expanded to there. Did this city ever briefly have Amtrak service for a short period of time, say back in the 1970s or 1980s?


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:00 AM

It's interesting to think Roanoke has Amtrak service now. Good to hear that a NE Regional Amtrak train to Lynchburg was expanded to there. Did this city ever briefly have Amtrak service for a short period of time, say back in the 1970s or 1980s?

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:18 AM

It's interesting to think Roanoke has Amtrak service now. Good to hear that a NE Regional Amtrak train to Lynchburg was expanded to there. Did this city ever briefly have Amtrak service for a short period of time, say back in the 1970s or 1980s?

I'm pretty sure that they've been serving Roanoke for a while.


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 08:32 AM

The current service started last Fall.
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 09:45 PM

The current Amtrak service to Roanoke started in October 2017 as an extension of Northeast Regional service.

Prior to that, there was the Mountaineer that ran through Roanoke over N&W tracks.  That service started in 1975.

That train's route was truncated around 1977 and ran as the Hilltopper until 1979.


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My last pre-Amtrak trip was the Texas Chief from Ft. Worth to Chicago and the Capitol Limited from Chicago (Northwestern station) to Washington D.C.
I rode my first Amtrak train in April 1972. I have ridden nearly all the long-distance routes including the Texas Chief (Lone Star), Inter-American, Panama Limited, National Limited, Pioneer, Desert Wind, Spirit of California, Sunset Limited (Florida extension), Broadway Limited, and Chief. I also rode the Rio Grande Zephyr, Southern Crescent, Peoria Rocket, Georgia RR mixed train, and Soo Line mixed train in the post-Amtrak era.


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Posted 15 August 2018 - 01:48 AM

The current Amtrak service to Roanoke started in October 2017 as an extension of Northeast Regional service.

Prior to that, there was the Mountaineer that ran through Roanoke over N&W tracks.  That service started in 1975.

That train's route was truncated around 1977 and ran as the Hilltopper until 1979.

I'll need to look up the Mountaineer, and also the Hilltopper to see which cities/towns those Amtrak trains used to serve. I would guess these 2 trains served places west of Roanoke, when they operated? And I see I was right, that the extension of the NE Regional service from Lynchburg to Roanoke is less than a year old.



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Posted 15 August 2018 - 12:42 PM

I'll need to look up the Mountaineer, and also the Hilltopper to see which cities/towns those Amtrak trains used to serve. I would guess these 2 trains served places west of Roanoke, when they operated?.

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