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#21 MikefromCrete

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 10:41 PM

I never met Alan personally, but he was always the most knowledgeable person  here. When Alan said something, you know it had to be true. My condolences to his mother, his family and all his friends. 


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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:12 PM

I will always remember Alan as a great friend. He was the one who recommended me to be a moderator here at AU, and has been a great help to me both online and off.

He was one of the first “real people” I met here, at the 2nd gathering in LA. He even called me by cell when I missed the train down to SAN. In PDX last year, Alan was one of the first people to approach me at Union Station after the group returned - after I missed the train. (This seems to be a recurring theme!:) )

Condolences to Grace, the rest of the family and all the AU family!

RIP Alan!:(
Take care & catch the express train in the sky!:)
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Take it easy .......

Take the train instead and enjoy the ride!

The view is much better at 3 feet than it is at 30,000 feet!

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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:14 PM

I think, and I must say, I am as shocked as everyone else at Amtrak Unlimited, however, I think Alan “went out” like ALL OF US would like to go out, “on a train”. I am very sure it was very tough on Penny, and Alan’s Mom, and others on the train, but remember, Alan was doing what Alan loved. Riding trains and promoting trains. The best way to honor Alan, is to “grow trains”. He was very kind, and accommodating in many, many, ways. At the “gathering“ in Kansas City several years ago both Alan and I went to pick up barbecue. Upon returning to Kansas City Union Station, it was clear we didn’t have enough for everyone at the gathering. Both Alan and I gave up our barbecue without hesitation, that was just “Alan’s way”, For the good of the group. Alan was just like that. He will be missed. Honor Alan, by GROWING TRAINS. R.I.P. Dammit, this just sux.......
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Posted 12 July 2018 - 11:18 PM

I am another that never had the privilege to meet Alan.  But I have respected every post I have seen of his, and am very sad for his family and friends, and I am sure that

in their hearts, he will live...forever.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:11 AM

There is no Joy @ AU tonight!😣

Such Sad News, but as others have said, Alan was doing one of the things he loved best in Life, and he was in the company of his Mom and Train friends who knew and loved Alan.

I was so looking forward to meeting with the OTOL Group when they arrived in Austin next week on the Texas Eagle and breaking bread and riding on our Light Rail with the Group.

My heartfelt condolences to Grace, to his, Family and to the OTOL Friends who were traveling with him on this trip.

I too was fortunate to have spent lots of time with Alan @ AU Gatherings, on Trains,and online both on AU and in PMs.

RIP my Friend, Highball to Heaven!
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:15 AM

My thoughts keep returning to Grace. Does she have anyone coming to keep her company? Does she have a place to stay in York or the nearby area? My heart is breaking for her.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:28 AM

My thoughts keep returning to Grace. Does she have anyone coming to keep her company? Does she have a place to stay in York or the nearby area? My heart is breaking for her.


My heart is going out to Grace also. I heard from her not too long ago. Everyone at the hospital was very kind to her. The hospital arranged for her to be driven to a local hotel where she will be spending the night. Her other 2 children are on their way to come take her home and complete arrangements.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:29 AM

What's this I hear on the scanner radio?

All green signal lights and track switches aligned directly for the express train to the Grand Station above and beyond. Complete with a cab ride and the chance to meet both conductor and engineer.

Enjoy the rare milage, Alan. You're, truly, "First Class!"

We'll miss you here, but cherish our travels together on this terrestrial transit.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 02:47 AM

My condolences to Grace. I too have fond memories of Alan when I visited NYC with my sister years ago. When he discovered I was planning to take a day to ride trains, he met me at NYP under the solari board and gave me the grand tour. I learned more on that one trip than I did the previous 5 years. We’ve shared nearly every railfest since.

I too think this would be the way to go. His last meal was in the diner, and his last moments were in a sleeper.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 03:40 AM

Bad news all around.


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They say laughter is the best medicine. Obviously they never posted on AU.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 05:33 AM

This is some terrible news to awake to.

Alan was so knowledgeable, and had such a passion for what he did.

I take solace in the fact that he was doing what he loved until the end and I will be praying for those he left behind.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 05:33 AM

RIP Alan, thanks so much for introducing me to this wonderful forum and for sharing your love of trains with the world.  You will be greatly missed both here and on FlyerTalk.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 05:53 AM

I am so sorry to hear this. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Alan and Grace in Club Acela in NYP once when our schedules overlapped. Like others, I was always so taken with his attitude of sharing and kindness.

My heart goes out to all of those touched by Alan and especially his close friends and family. This is shocking and he has gone much too soon.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:16 AM

Such shocking and surprising news.

My condolences to Alan Burden's family and friends.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:50 AM

Alan was for many years the heart and soul of A.U. I always admired the lengths that he went to explain things to new members and to the train riding public.

 

Happy memories of meeting him at a couple of the gatherings.

 

RIP

 

Ed.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:55 AM

I'm stunned. Still processing this.

Back in 2007 six of us started the "Get Together", as it was called then, with Alan at the helm. After one of the original Committee Members resigned, Alan brought in Penny and I was no longer the only female committee member. Then came Joe. Then the "other Betty". Patrick passed away, Tom retired three or four years ago, Eric passed, I resigned two years ago, Joe passed and Alan resigned last year and while the committee is now smaller, the Mods are now included in the gathering decisions. That's the history of the Gathering Committee in a nutshell. I've probably left out some of the details, but others can fill it in.

Thanks to Alan, all of you now have the opportunity to gather together and get to know each other. Hopefully this will continue for many years to come.

What most of you did not know was the many acts of kindness Alan did for you and others. Jerry (RR Dude) wrote about the food situation in KCY when he and Alan gave up their food so others could experience the Kansas BBQ. He made sure that those of us who have disabilities were watched over. If a member was short of points for a trip, he gave them some of his. Anyone who was going to NYC could contact him and chances were pretty good that he would meet you there and maybe take you on a city tour. Questions and concerns were always addressed.

Alan was the most important member of the Amtrak Unlimited community. He was an amazing person and he will be sorely missed. He was the best.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 07:06 AM

I can only echo everyone else’s comments. Alan has always been one of the most knowledgeable and helpful railfans out there to those new to Amtrak or to New York area trains. On my first transit-focused visit to New York, we rode Metro North way out to the end of one of the branches in CT. We also did a big New York subway tour.

On another visit, we met up just to go to a Mets game the year Shea Stadium closed.

And one more fact that folks may find interesting (and, all these years later, I’m still kicking myself for not taking a photo of the occasion): Back in 2006-ish, when Amtrak ran the last-ever Metroliner service NYP-WAS (this was actually the *for-real* last Metroliner, because they had retired the service once, but then had to bring it back in an emergency when Adelas were grounded due to some fleetwide mechanical design problem), Alan and I rode the trip in first class. Anthony was supposed to join us, but he got held up by a slow-moving ticket line in Boston and missed the train that would have got him to New York in time. We did meet up briefly with another AUer. When we finally pulled into WAS, Alan followed me out the door and onto the platform, giving him the distinction of being the last first class passenger to ever disembark from a Metroliner train.

From the first meeting and tour of New York, to the last time I saw him, in Denver a couple of years ago, he’s always been a class act and a good friend. Alan, don’t worry about us down here. You’ve done your work, and you did it well.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:18 AM

Alan was far too young to go. Others have spoken about all his tireless work for our community and public transit as a wholeit goes without saying that this is a great loss for all of us.

My earliest memory of Alan was an early visit to New York, where he met me at Penn Station upon my arrival and proceeded to lead me on a neat trip out to Far Rockaway (outbound on the LIRR and coming back on the A train). I met him several times since then and worked with him a bit as a moderator on FlyerTalk. Truly not only one of the most knowledgeable people on earth about Amtrak but also one of the most generous.

Rest in peace, Alan.
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:21 AM

Rest In Peace Alan. I only got the honor of meeting you once, when OTOL came to Atlanta in 2011 (I think) but I have enjoyed your knowledge, and presence in this community for years. Condolences to your family and friends. :(


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 08:33 AM

I am still in shock.  I cannot count the number of ways Alan has assisted me.  I considered him a true friend.  Fairly recently, we made a trip on the Staten Island Ferry and SIRR - just because I had not previously done it.  

 

I am in contact with Craig, Alan's brother and Grace.  Craig is on his way to pick up Grace and take her home.  Craig will try to get Grace on AU so she can read these wonderful tributes.  Thank you all. 

 

Amtrak is doing a great job dealing with reservations that will not be used and shipping Alan's luggage to Craig's house.  Thank you Amtrak.


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