Jonathan Lee

Worldly Images

USA Main Lines May 2011

With all the travelling around the country we did on this trip there was time to sample some of the commuter stuff on the various mainline operations around the country, along with a bit of freight action.

Metra in Chicago being the first stop, which was only a quick out and back, on one of their F40PH-2’s, to Elburn on the UP West Line to fill the time between our arrival off Amtrak’s Texas Eagle from Little Rock and our departure that night on the Lake Shore Limited to Poughkeepsie.

Metro North in New York was second on the list, which provided me with an evening of entertainment on the Poughkeepsie line, immediately after getting off the Lake Shore Limited, my companion had a rather less productive evening trying get some decent photos in the pouring rain. The GE P32AC-DM’s didn’t disappoint. At least you can get near them during the rush hour when all the coaches are in use.

Amtrak provided us with some interesting journeys throughout the trip, if nothing else……

New Jersey Transit in “Philly” was the final stop before my long-haul from Philadelphia to Ho Chi Minh City, via London.

There were a few opportunities for the odd shot of a freight train during the trip, but we didn’t plan on any actual chasing freight trains anywhere so they were all just opportune shots.

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