Amtrak Digital Photos
by Mike Condren

The end of a bust of a trip to North Fond du Lac, WI, Sunday June 19, 2005Here we see Amtrak #7 stopped at Columbus, WI.

Our return trip on June 6, 2006 was via the "City of New Orleans. The first image is of the ticket window inside Union Passenger Terminal followed by the equipment awaiting our loading. As we depart we pass CP Claire Tower and the KCS yard where a ex-NYC boat tail obs is being shopped. Then we see the meet of the "Citys" at speed, at least #59 is at speed. The last image is in Memphis after our arrival.

These views on Aug. 3, 2006 of Central Station in Memphis show the area where the stub tracks once were located.

A BNSF train is seen on Broadway from the Central Station platform.

Amtrak #59 "City of New Orleans" arrives in Memphis about 3 hours late on Aug. 3, 2006 due to the "Texas Eagle" arriving in Chicago 6 hr and 56 minutes late.

Because we were running so late, our family picked us up at Hammond, LA.

Amtrak equipment sits in the New Orleans Passenger Terminal on Aug. 6, 2006. The equipment for the "City of New Orleans" sits on track 6 awaiting its departure.

On my last two trips on the northbound "City of New Orleans", we have waited in the hole for the southbound at the end of one of the runways of Louis Armstrong airport. While stopped both times, we were treated to an airliner landing up close and personal on Aug. 6, 2006..

Amtrak's westbound #7, the "Empire Builder", with #207, is seen here at Oconomowoc, WI racing by the annual picnic of the Tuesday Night Slide Group on Aug. 22, 2006.

Next was this westbound Amtrak, Ogden Dunes, 9/4/06.

Amtrak train #8, the "Empire Builder", is seen arriving at the station at Columbus, WI.

A day along the Chicago and Milwaukee
Oct. 28, 2006

The goals for this day were to get photos of the old and new Amtrak stations at Sturtevant, WI. Here we see view so the new station.

The first train that appeared was Amtrak #331 from Chicago heading to Milwaukee at 9:44 am.

The old Sturtevant Depot is scheduled to be torn down in the not too distant future, the reason for this trip.

The freight had just disappeared around the curve when Amtrak # 334 led by "cabbage" #90224 appeared around the corner at 11:21am.

Amtrak #334 pulled down to the cross-overs and awaited Amtrak #333 at 11:28 am. Train #334 did not continue south until after train #333 had completed its stop at Sturtevant at 10:31 am.

This Amtrak structure provides passenger stairs and elevator to get to the other track. It also can serve as a platform for shooting trains. Each tower has a balconey and window for shooting trains. However, on this Saturday in late October, it was a very windy location where it was difficult to stand still when the wind was at its strongest. With the air temperature in the 40s, the wind chill was near 0!

Amtrak track #336 with #90221 in the lead and #30 puching arrives at 1:27 pm. The wind was still blowing and at one point blew the cap of the conductor's head.

Amtrak #336 was followed by CP 5849 and "big red barn" CP 9004 on a eastbound at 2:10. Before it clears Amtrak #335 comes into view with Amtrak #179 leading, its third appearance of the day.

I snapped one last shot of the station as I was leaving.

I then headed north on H, then 38, and finally a side road to a crossing about 4-5 miles south of the Milwaukee airport where I shot late running Amtrak #8 at speed with 85 and 467 at 2:52 pm..

I headed to Duplainville for Amtrak #7 with 139-53-14 and 11 cars at 4:26 pm with Craig Willett at the throttle. Craig came by the 5 fans at Duplainville. Dave Ingles and Tom Hoffman shot it somewhere near by.

On Dec. 18, 2006, the last train that we saw was the westbound Amtrak #5 the "California Zephyr" at speed as it blows thru Riverside, IL.

This view from the Sightseer Lounge of the headend is on the east side of Sand Patch, just west of Cumberland, MD on our trip to Wahington, DC on the Capitol Limited.

The view shows an Acela train on the upper level on the west end of Union Station while a single unit and the Capitol Limited that we just arrived on lower level trains on the right side of the image.

After boarding Train 29, "The Capitol Limited", I stepped out side to shoot these images of an Acela Express train sitting on a track nearby, note the Business Class versus First Class cars and their logos.

I soon noticed a headlight of an approaching train on the near track, another Acela Express

The Amtrak #7, the "Empire Builder", left Milwaukee on time and passed Duplainville at 4:23pm on May 3, 2007.

The City of New Orleans has just arrived at Memphis and is being refueled on June 30, 2007.

Amtrak #5, the California Zephyr, is seen west bound at Hinsdale, IL on Aug. 4, 2007.

The last train I saw in Hinsdale was the west bound Amtrak #3, the Southwest Chief on Aug. 4, 2007.

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