Rolling on the Railroad Special Post: Frosty Morning in Philadelphia.


As Transmitted from Amtrak number 56, The Vermonter. 

This morning I started at Overbrook, Pennsylvania, where frosty temperatures and a clear sky made for some stunning lighting effects. The cold wasn’t aiding timely railroad operations.

I caught a SEPTA local to 30th Street Station. I was booked to travel on the Vermonter, but delays gave me ample time to wander around and down load digital photos from my cameras.

An outbound SEPTA multiple unit catches the glint of the rising sun at Overbrook, Pennsylvania before 8am on January 23, 2014.
An outbound SEPTA multiple unit catches the glint of the rising sun at Overbrook, Pennsylvania before 8am on January 23, 2014. Canon EOS 7D with 200mm lens.
An eastbound SEPTA multiple unit passes Overbrook, Pennsylvania before 8am on January 23, 2014. Canon EOS 7D with 200mm lens.
An eastbound SEPTA multiple unit passes Overbrook, Pennsylvania before 8am on January 23, 2014. Canon EOS 7D with 200mm lens.
Canon 200mm view of a non-stop SEPTA MU east of Overbrook, PA, on January 23, 2014.
Canon 200mm view of a non-stop SEPTA MU east of Overbrook, PA, on January 23, 2014.
The Solari boards at 30th Street didn't paint a happy picture. Delays and cancelations were the rule of the day. My train was only about 40 minutes behind the advertised. Lumix LX3 photo.
The Solari boards at 30th Street didn’t paint a happy picture. Delays and cancelations were the rule of the day. My train was only about 40 minutes behind the advertised. Lumix LX3 photo. 
30th Street Station, Philadelphia on the morning of January 23, 2014. Lumix LX3 photo.
30th Street Station, Philadelphia on the morning of January 23, 2014. Lumix LX3 photo.
30th Street Station from the 29th Street side. Lumix LX3 photo
30th Street Station from the 29th Street side. Lumix LX3 photo
Amtrak veteran, AEM7 932 roars into 30th Street Station with the Vermonter in tow. I'm riding behind this locomotive as I write this. Lumix LX3 photo.
Amtrak veteran, AEM7 932 roars into 30th Street Station with the Vermonter in tow. I’m riding behind this locomotive as I write this. Lumix LX3 photo.
Amtrak 56 arrives at 30th Street, 40 minutes after its scheduled time. Better late than never. Lumix LX3 photo.
Amtrak 56 arrives at 30th Street, 40 minutes after its scheduled time. Better late than never. Lumix LX3 photo.

At present I’m gliding eastward across a snow covered urban landscape on the former New Haven Railroad. This is Tracking the Light’s first post sent directly from an Amtrak train.

View from Amtrak 56 on approach to New York's Hell Gate Bridge with the New York City Transit Authority below and the Manhattan skyline beyond. Lumix LX3 photo.
View from Amtrak 56 on approach to New York’s Hell Gate Bridge with the New York City Transit Authority below and the Manhattan skyline beyond. Lumix LX3 photo.
On board Amtrak number 56 The Vermonter, east of Penn-Station, New York. Lumix LX3 photo.
On board Amtrak number 56 The Vermonter, east of Penn-Station, New York. Lumix LX3 photo.
Metro North Railroad HyRail truck as viewed from Amtrak 56 on the afternoon of January 23, 2014. Lumix LX3 photo.
Metro North Railroad HyRail truck as viewed from Amtrak 56 on the afternoon of January 23, 2014. Lumix LX3 photo.
USDOT test car on the old New Haven Railroad west of Stamford on January 23, 2014. Lumix LX3.
USDOT test car on the old New Haven Railroad west of Stamford on January 23, 2014. Lumix LX3.

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3 thoughts on “Rolling on the Railroad Special Post: Frosty Morning in Philadelphia.”

    1. Thanks to Amtrak’s WiFi!
      Trains from the train. Kind of a cool concept. I recall reading about railroad photo cars from the 19th century, where photographers would process their images on their journeys. Now we can do that with the aid of a laptop, while WiFi plus internet allows the world to see!

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