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#1 pennyk

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 04:48 PM

A memorial service will be held for Alan at Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Freier Road, Quakertown, PA 18951 on Saturday August 11th at noon.  According to the family, the easiest way to get to Quakertown (partially) by train is to take Amtrak to Philadelphia then SEPTA to Lansdale.  From Lansdale to Quakertown, one can take an Uber for the 15-20 mile trip.


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Posted 28 July 2018 - 06:15 PM

Thanks Penny for letting us know.

Perhaps if anyone (many AUers :huh: ) are going, possibly share an Uber from Lansdale?:huh:

Edited by the_traveler, 28 July 2018 - 06:16 PM.

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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 28 July 2018 - 06:57 PM

If anyone is interested I can shuttle people to Quakertown. I will be going. Contact me via PM if anyone is interested. I can handle 3 people in my car. 

 

I'm 15 minutes from PHL.


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Posted 31 July 2018 - 01:51 PM

Below and attached is Alan's obituary

Alan Henry Burden, 57, of Woodside, Queens, NY passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Alabama while on a train headed for New Orleans. Born in Belleville, NJ on December 22, 1960, he was the oldest son of Henry L Burden and Grace M. Burden (Muench). He graduated from Belleville High School and worked as a computer accounting consultant for various companies. Alan shared his passion and knowledge of trains as a moderator for the Amtrak Unlimited Forum and other online train forums. His tagline for years has been “Take care and take trains”. Alan enjoyed volunteering for work weekends at Camp Eagle Island, skiing, and going to Shania Twain concerts. He also enjoyed attending concerts and sporting events for his multiple nieces and nephews. Alan is preceded in death by his father, Henry L Burden; and a sister, Tara. He is survived by his mother Grace, of Saylorsburg, PA; sister Allison and her husband, Kenneth Ghorm; brother Craig and his wife Susan; his step-mother, Maria of Orwigsburg, PA; brother, Darrin and brother Darryl; sisters Christa, Carrie, and Crystal; and three nieces and three nephews. A Celebration of Life service will be held for Alan on August 11, 2018 at 12:00pm at Quakertown United Methodist Church in Quakertown, PA. Contributions can be made in his name to Friends of Eagle Island at eagleisland.org.

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 07:14 PM

Very nice write up. I wish I could go. I'm we can come up with something to do for him at the Gathering in September.


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Posted 31 July 2018 - 08:15 PM

Very nice write up. I wish I could go. I'm we can come up with something to do for him at the Gathering in September.

Ditto! Thanks also to Penny!
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 03:05 AM

Thanks. It's nice to learn a bit about the other things in Alan's life that he enjoyed doing other than trains. 


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 06:27 AM

I am driving up from MD, and am happy to pick anyone needing a ride from Landsdale. Cheaper and more friendly then Uber. :D
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 08:33 AM

Very sadly, I committed to be at an All Aboard Washington meeting on Saturday long before this happened.


Amtrak mileage to date: Somewhere between 120,000 and 150,000 miles...I /really/ need to run all of my trips through a calculator sometime.

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Posted 07 August 2018 - 10:50 AM

Very sadly, I committed to be at an All Aboard Washington meeting on Saturday long before this happened.

Those of us on the west coast will be thinking of Alan. Please convey our thoughts to our friends attending.


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 11:14 AM

So far as we know, the following are attending:

 

Pennyk, jis, Shanghai, PRR60, Ryan, Acela150.

 

There may be others from the AU family that are going that we are not aware of.


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 11:24 AM

So far as we know, the following are attending:

 

Pennyk, jis, Shanghai, PRR60, Ryan, Acela150.

 

There may be others from the AU family that are going that we are not aware of.

I believe Amtrakblue will be attending as well as Steve4031 and Mike H


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Posted 07 August 2018 - 01:09 PM

Yes, I’m attending. Even hitching a ride with a fellow AUer. :)
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Posted 07 August 2018 - 01:22 PM


Very sadly, I committed to be at an All Aboard Washington meeting on Saturday long before this happened.

Those of us on the west coast will be thinking of Alan. Please convey our thoughts to our friends attending.
Ditto from Flyover Country!
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 01:01 PM

If anyone needs a pick up in Landsdale, shoot me a PM. I have a minivan with 4 empty seats, and will be passing through there at the right time to meet Train 512 at 11:20.
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 02:58 PM

If anyone needs a pick up in Landsdale, shoot me a PM. I have a minivan with 4 empty seats, and will be passing through there at the right time to meet Train 512 at 11:20.

Friends helping Friends! Way to go Ryan and Steve!😎😊😊😊
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 03:00 PM

Today was the service for our amazing friend. About a dozen AU members attended. It was a very nice service to honor our friend. The family was and is extremely grateful for our messages on AU. One of his family members who delivered remarks even read words from AU user NorthShore. At one point the AU members were asked to stand and were recognized by Alan's family. Grace also spoke at the service delivering some remarks thanking us. PennyK and myself also gave some memories of our long time friend. 

 

In the link is a video tribute that was played at todays service. The video is about 10 minutes long. 

 


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 03:24 PM

Again, my deepest condolences to everyone who knew him. I'm glad to hear that the service properly honored Alan. Rest in Peace.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:54 PM

There were 11 of us at the service. Here is a photo I took of 10 of us.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 06:19 PM

Thanks to all of our AU Friends, we were there in Spirit!RIP Alan!
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