Sunday, October 11th, 2015



I had driven down to Richmond with my daughter Tina with a moving van, and needed to get back home. 
What better way than to go by train!  Especially when you have Amtrak reward points to burn up.

I had made a reservation on Northeast Regional train number 66, which was supposed to leave Richmond RVR at 7pm.  This is the Staples Road station, just north of the ex RF&P Acca Yard.  Train 66 is the last train of the day - it is a daily NE Regional train that originates in Newport News at 5:20pm, but today, I heard it was delayed waiting for the connecting bus coming from Virginia Beach.

I thought they might have used to 50 minute layover in DC as an opportunity to make up some time, but they only cut it short by 5 minutes!

The train was maybe 40% full from Richmond up to DC, but north from there, it was maybe around 85% full.

   19:47 Got two toots
   19:55 Lv Richmond
   20:10-20:12 Ashland
   21:02-21:05 Fredericksburg
   21:24-21:26 Quantico
   21:52-21:56 Alexandria
   22:10-22:52 Washington DC, track 26
   23:00-23:02 New Carrolton
   23:16-23:18 BWI Airport
   23:31-23:34 Baltimore, track 6
   Note: Being on the former RF&P, trains USUALLY run left hand traffic...

Passing Freight Trains:
   3 while in station 18:50-19:55
   20:11 – on our right, NB
   20:15 – on our right, NB
   20:18 – on our right, NB
   21:00 – to our left, SB
   21:11 – to our left, SB
   21:17 – to our left, SB
   21:46 – to our left, SB

The Consist:
   Engine #7 Richmond to Washington DC
   Engine #624 Washington DC to Baltimore and beyond
   61021 – Baggage Car
   81548 – Business Car
   82651 – Coach
   82985 – Coach
   43382 – Café Car
   82751 – Coach
   82718 – Coach

In Richmond

P42DC's numbers 7 and 136 ready to go in Richmond.


A Quick Stop in Alexandria VA

In Washington DC


No green..... All of the outbound signals are displaying stop.  How many can you count?  I think I count 16.... maybe.  Say goodbye to #7.
The signals are all dwarf CPL's, slightly modified so that the marker lamps are spaced further away from the signal to make viewing easier at a greater distance than they were designed for.

In Baltimore MD

Amtrak #624 is one of the new Siemens ACS-64, or Amtrak Cities Sprinter.

              Sleeping MARC trains

  Train 66 heads north to New York City and Boston

Penn station uses quite a number of pedestal PL signals.  They have all had the incandescent bulbs replaced with cool white LEDs, and they really stand out.  The two overheads are for SB trains.

  A new electronic billboard bombards visitors with Baltimore propaganda.

  An older style stairway coming down from the main concourse.

  The main waiting area back upstairs.

    The light on the statue oscillates back and forth between blue and red, floating thru various shades of purple along the way.

  Looking over my shoulder, we say goodbye to Penn Station.

  If you are heading north on I-83, the Jones Falls Expressway, the entrance is located right across the street from the station's exit.


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