The notes in my blog-idea-tracking system, a.k.a. Trello tell me that I’m supposed to remind a lot of people that National Train Day will be celebrated (quietly) on Saturday, May 9th. I’ve been dedicating a post on my blog on the “Saturday closest to May 10th” (as AMTRAK defined it) for several years. Unfortunately, AMTRAK, due to a lack of wisdomforesight funding from the US Congress, discontinued National Train Day in 2015. Fortunately, train lovers are every bit as passionate about trains as door lovers are about doors – we continue to celebrate National Train Day. Also. AMTRAK now celebrates an event known as Amtrak Train Days on several days during the spring, summer and fall. As much as I appreciate Amtrak Train Days, I am still going to support National Train Day
Given the steps being taken to slow the spread of the Corona virus, most National Train Day activities have been cancelled this year.
So, while I will do something to recognize trains, and railroads on May 9th, I want to share some railroad doors with you today. Some of these doors have appeared here before. Some have appeared on my blog, but not for Thursday Doors (the fun-filled blog hop orchestrated by Norm Frampton).
I hope you will enjoy these doors, and I hope you will visit Norm’s blog to look at his doors. In addition, please check the comments on Norm’s blog for links to the blogs of people who visit Norm from all over the world to share their doors.
Connecticut Southern Loco in the Hartford north end rail yards.
CSX Maintenance car.
Best guess from a follower on Flickr is that this is a Ballast Cleaner. Ballast is the material inside and alongside the rails rocks).
Daily Safety Checklist 1) Am I mentally and physically prepared to safely perform my duties? 2) Have I prepared people working for me to perform their duties safely? 3) Do I understand the assigned job? 4) Can I safely perform this job? 5) Have I inspected my tools and equipment? 6) Have I looked for unsafe conditions in the work area? 7) If I answered any of the above ‘No’, what action must I take to change this response?
This is the Brooklyn rail yard. I would imagine this is 100 full today, as rail traffic in New York City is down by 95%
I have shared this stone arch bridge many times, but this is one time when I actually saw a train on it.
AMTRAK Metroliner service from Springfield, MA to Washington D.C. at Hartford’s Union Station.
Looking out the back door of AMTRAK 141 as we leave Windsor Locks station/platform.
Historic railroad station in Windsor, CT.
Looking down from my hotel room in Dallas, TX onto the platforms and tracks behind Union Station.
More track cleaning equipment. I can only imagine Faith thinking “Foreign Containment” as the little guy in WALL-E M-O
You might recognize my favorite locomotive – New Haven Railroad
New England Central Locomotive.
This purposely derailed train is staged at the National Guard training facility in our town.
My friend – and railroad expert – David identified this as a GE Dash
One of the hundreds of buildings AMTRAK 141 passes on the way to New York City.