Another forgotten line was the Shenandoah which operated from 1976-1981 between Washington and Cincinnati where it connected with the J.W. Riley and later the Cardinal trains. My brother was briefly an engineer on that line between Parkersburg, WV and Grafton WV when Amtrak trains sometimes used Chessie System freight engineers on that line. I remember riding that train to Reds games in Cincy in the late 70s and early 80s.
(yes, I know this train did not originate in NY but it was a connecting train to get one to Chicago...smile)
Ahhh...the route of the famous "Ampads"....the pair of Amfleet coaches, that had a pair of experimental Economy Bedroom module's (prototypes for the new Superliner EB's) installed, at one end.
It's a shame that those are long gone. I haven't even been able to find any pictures of time. I would have loved to see what an Amfleet Roomette felt like.
Like a Superliner Roomette...minus the upper berth...
They couldn't fit an upper berth?
I am not sure about that...my memory is 'foggy', but the car's curvature may have precluded it...I know it had the two facing seats for daytime travel, but don't remember if there was an upper or not...maybe just the overhead rack....again, not sure...sorry.
Thanks. I'll take foggy memory over a lack of info whatsoever any day, so nothing to apologize for. So did you actually ride in one or just see one?
I rode from Washington to Cincinnati in that car, but not in the room...probably why I can't remember the details, for sure....
There was that car, a standard AM-II, and a dinette-lounge. The crew directed thru passenger's into the car with the rooms, and the "shorts" into the other car.
The B&O Conductor, (Amtrak has still not taken over the T&E crews at that time), was extremely accommodating, and since we only had about 15 or 20 thru passengers, he turned every other pair of seats, and raised up all the leg rests, making every four seats into a comfortable 'bed'. He then passed out pillows, and turned down the lights, wishing us all a 'good night'...
But before doing that, he gave a heart felt 'thank you' for riding his train, and begged us to write our elected officials to keep it going, as it was an 'experimental route'.
In all the years of riding all manner of public transportation, I have never experienced that level of service and dedication from an employee...and I duly wrote my reps, as requested...
And...certainly commended him to Amtrak management, as well.
Sadly, the train was discontinued a short time later.