It is with shock and sadness that I pass on the news that Alan Burden (AlanB) passed away today. He was 57. His passing came as he participated in something he loved - riding trains. He was on the Crescent en route to New Orleans starting the summer OTOL RailFest - as he had done for countless years. He took ill early evening today (July 12) and was removed from the train by EMT's in York AL, He died of an apparent heart attack a short time later with his mother Grace at his side. Alan was an original administrator at Amtrak Unlimited when it was started in 2002 by Anthony Rizos. Much of what AU has become is because of Alan. He started the AU Gathering eleven years ago and was active at both On Track On Line and Flyertalk where he was the moderator of the Amtrak forum. A constant with Alan was his love of trains and riding trains and his willingness to provide help and knowledge whenever it was needed. His tag line for years has been, "Take care, and take trains." He is and will be greatly missed. Rest in peace, AlanB.