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Riding the Rails, Until the Weather Caught Up
New York Times ^ | February 6, 2010 | LIZ ROBBINS

Posted on 02/07/2010 5:45:01 AM PST by Huebolt

When the powerful Mid-Atlantic winter storm grounded all flights and shut down highways in the Mid-Atlantic region, Amtrak’s Capitol Limited, bound for Chicago from Washington, seemed to offer 115 passengers the perfect cozy alternative as it sped through the snow-swept countryside on Friday night.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Travel; Weather
KEYWORDS: amtrack; blizzard; weather
Snow disables passenger train. 115 Stranded. (my wife included...)
1 posted on 02/07/2010 5:45:02 AM PST by Huebolt
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To: Huebolt
Al Gore's Amazing Globull Warming is a bi#ch isn't it?!

Prayers for her speedy and safe return home!

2 posted on 02/07/2010 5:54:38 AM PST by bayliving (1 if by land, 2 if by sea and 3 if by our own government.)
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To: Huebolt
Oh, by the way, this is the SECOND snow storm of over 20 inches we have had this SEASON! In my 40 years of living in this area I have NEVER seen so much snow!

I LOVE IT!!!

3 posted on 02/07/2010 5:55:58 AM PST by bayliving (1 if by land, 2 if by sea and 3 if by our own government.)
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To: Huebolt

I am not sure why anyone would think that of all things, a train, would be able to sail right through a heavy snowfall. Trains are as bad as automobiles when it comes to snow because drifting snow and heavy accumulations block the tracks. A quick glance at our history will reveal many examples. In 1896, on Long Island, a heavy snow fall blocked the passenger train from King’s Park to Wading River on Christmas Eve. It took to the next day to extricate the passengers. On another occasion during the same year, heavy snow blocked the trains from Long Island City to Southhampton. Howver, passengers were able to be removed from the trains by the use of sleighs, which safely transported them to the nearest town. In addition, who could forget the story in the Laura Ingalls Wilder book, “The Long Winter”? The blizzard of 1888 dumped so much snow in the Dakota Territory that the trains were unable to make it through with needed supplies. The moral of the story is when it is a blizzard or a time of heavy snows, stay home.


4 posted on 02/07/2010 6:00:57 AM PST by sueuprising
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To: Huebolt

Prayers for your wife and her quick and safe return.


5 posted on 02/07/2010 6:05:58 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: sueuprising

And then there was this one.

http://cprr.org/Museum/Stranded_Streamliner_1952/index.html

“The Case of the Stranded Streamliner”

The rescue of SP’s snowbound “City of San Francisco”at Yuba Pass, January 13-19, 1952.


6 posted on 02/07/2010 6:08:16 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Huebolt

Nothing unusual at all for AMTRAK to be stopped.

Every kind of weather, warm, cold, rainy, snow........they have troubles on the line.


7 posted on 02/07/2010 6:21:24 AM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: Huebolt

stranded in Connellsville with KFC for dinner

That’s a redneck honeymoon!


8 posted on 02/07/2010 6:29:50 AM PST by silverleaf (My Proposed Federal Budget is $29.99)
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To: Carley

Yeah, Carley, the “even stops AMTRAC(sic) trains” caught my eye, too. So much snow that it stops government trains? Isn’t that kinda like “so much snow that it closes government offices early”, or “so much snow that it closes government schools”.


9 posted on 02/07/2010 6:31:25 AM PST by flowerplough ( Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia.)
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To: Huebolt

Hope she’s all right! that must be very worrisome.


10 posted on 02/07/2010 6:48:38 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: Huebolt

The DC metro is shut down for the second time this winter due to blizzards. Absolutely crazy.


11 posted on 02/07/2010 6:51:41 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: sueuprising
The blizzard of 1888 dumped so much snow in the Dakota Territory that the trains were unable to make it through with needed supplies. The moral of the story is when it is a blizzard or a time of heavy snows, stay home.

After an snowfall/ice storm in the 1990's made it impossible to get anywhere for a week, a second moral is to have lots of food in the pantry at all times, plus a backup source of heat for the house.

12 posted on 02/07/2010 6:57:27 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: squarebarb
Hope she’s all right! that must be very worrisome.

Thanks for your concerns and I'll show her this listing.

AMTRAK sceduled a special train out of Pittsburgh PA that arrived here in Toledo at about 9:30. At last she's home. About 30 hours overdue. That NY Times story is such a total crock, by the way. She was there and the situation was nothing like the media bottom feeders described. What's new?

13 posted on 02/07/2010 7:07:58 AM PST by Huebolt (Democrat = (national socialist) = NAZI)
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To: sueuprising

There was another train blocked in the Rocky mountains just a month or two ago. It arrive a day or two late. I didn’t think about trains being blocked by downed trees before. I always thought the right of ways were to wide for that. It just goes to show people have to check weather forcasts for train trips as well as car, bus, and plane travel.


14 posted on 02/07/2010 7:12:30 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: flowerplough
Looks now like the post was re-titled, or the title was corrected by the mods, making my comment just about null and void. C'est la vie.
15 posted on 02/07/2010 7:13:21 AM PST by flowerplough ( Pennsylvania today - New New Jersey meets North West Virginia.)
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To: Huebolt

So, how are all those people that are invited to the WH for a Super Bowl party going to get there?

Tons of peons without power and Dear Leader is going on with his party.


16 posted on 02/07/2010 7:18:50 AM PST by Coldwater Creek ("We must have pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of pie." David Mamet)
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To: abb

Thank you for sharing that very interesting story. It completely absorbed my attention!!! What came to mind as I was reading it was the devotion to life and limb shown by the rail road employees. A stark contrast to the current Amtrak story that stated the workers could not perform their duties past a certain amount of hours. So what did they do? Sleep?


17 posted on 02/07/2010 7:21:54 AM PST by sueuprising
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To: sueuprising
...workers could not perform their duties past a certain amount of hours. So what did they do? Sleep?

The engineers can't drive the train after so many hours on the job. Safety issue. The crew rested and were about to take the train on to Pittsburgh, but they never got the go-ahead. Later, the passengers were told that "It will take weeks to clear the tracks in the mountains."

Just found out that the freight train immediately behind the passenger train did indeed derail after hitting downed trees etc. 113 cars off the track. They will have to build a road to the wreak site to recover cargo etc.

If the passenger train had been behind the freight, they would have been trapped in the total middle of nowhere. I guess Connelsville PA is close enough to nowhere, but there is a definite difference...no KFC for one.

18 posted on 02/07/2010 7:39:26 AM PST by Huebolt (Democrat = (national socialist) = NAZI)
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To: Huebolt

The sun that brief December day
Rose cheerless over hills of gray,
And, darkly circled, gave at noon
A sadder light than waning moon.
Slow tracing down the thickening sky
Its mute and ominous prophecy,
A portent seeming less than threat,
It sank from sight before it set.
A chill no coat, however stout,
Of homespun stuff could quite shut out,
A hard, dull bitterness of cold,
That checked, mid-vein, the circling race
Of life-blood in the sharpened face,
The coming of the snow-storm told.
The wind blew east; we heard the roar
Of Ocean on his wintry shore,
And felt the strong pulse throbbing there
Beat with low rhythm our inland air.

Prayers for your wife.


19 posted on 02/07/2010 7:49:14 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: struggle
The wind blew east; we heard the roar Of Ocean on his wintry shore, And felt the strong pulse throbbing there Beat with low rhythm our inland air. Prayers for your wife.

What a beautiful poem. And thank you for your prayers. BTW, there was indeed a professional musician on board the snow-train! His name is Charlie Cheney and he lives in Michigan

(http://fawm.org/fawmers/charliecheney)

He was one his way home when the train was trapped. He played guitar for the passengers and was great. He will be writing a song about the experience, he said. It might be about "the ghost train" that never arrived. Or something.

20 posted on 02/07/2010 8:03:35 AM PST by Huebolt (Democrat = (national socialist) = NAZI)
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To: sueuprising

History Channel has an episode about this that they show periodically. Here is the DVD on their website.

http://shop.history.com/detail.php?p=68834&v=history_show_wrath-of-god&pagemax=all


21 posted on 02/07/2010 8:14:32 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Great link. The freight train behind the amtrac did indeed derail and a road will have to be built to it to offload cargo etc. Those mountain passes can be very dangerous. The porter on the amtrac told my wife that some of the line goes through areas where derailing would send the train off the edge of some very high cliffs into the valley far below.


22 posted on 02/07/2010 8:15:22 AM PST by Huebolt (Democrat = (national socialist) = NAZI)
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To: Huebolt; sueuprising

There’s even a book about the 1952 event.

http://www.signaturepress.com/SSrev.html
Snowbound Streamliner

by Robert J. Church


23 posted on 02/07/2010 8:36:54 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: silverleaf
stranded in Connellsville with KFC for dinner That’s a redneck honeymoon!

Hey, I have family in Connellsville...

They agree...
24 posted on 02/07/2010 8:43:11 AM PST by BikerJoe
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To: abb
“The Case of the Stranded Streamliner”

That was quite an adventure, thanks for posting it.

25 posted on 02/07/2010 8:58:10 AM PST by csvset
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To: Huebolt; All
http://www.freedominion.com.pa/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=1443744#1443744

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/4820530.Tornado_to_the_rescue/

Tornado to the rescue

MORE than 100 commuters left freezing when their modern electric trains broke down in a snowstorm had to be rescued by a steam locomotive.

The Tornado, which was made in the North-East from blueprints almost 50 years old, was the only train capable of rescuing London city workers when their trains ground to a halt because of the bad weather.

The Tornado that rescued the Chunnel stranded- note date:



Absolutely chuffed! What happened when 30 grown men gave up 18 years to build a steam train--In 1938, driving an engine like the world record-breaking Mallard (a streamlined LNER design) was roughly akin to being an astronaut.

BUILT BY MEMBERS (PICTURED) OF THE A1 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE TRUST FROM DARLINGTON, COUNTY DURHAM

26 posted on 02/07/2010 11:28:04 AM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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To: backhoe

The amtrac passengers were rescued much less glamourously: a bus took them to the next station where they boarded a “special” to complete their trip... oh well


27 posted on 02/07/2010 1:00:54 PM PST by Huebolt (Democrat = (national socialist) = NAZI)
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To: Huebolt

I was just mentioning to wife Miss Emily how hilarious it would be if Global Warming really does become the New Ice Age, and we have to fall back to steam locomotives and cars to get around...


28 posted on 02/07/2010 1:10:22 PM PST by backhoe (All Across America, the Lights are being relit again...)
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