Tracking the Light Special Post: Vermonter to Amherst

Philadelphia 30th Street Station this morning, December 17, 2014.
Philadelphia 30th Street Station this morning, December 17, 2014.
Philadelphia 30th Street Station this morning, December 17, 2014.
Philadelphia 30th Street Station this morning, December 17, 2014.

Today’s (December 17, 2014) views from Amtrak’s Vermonter en route from Philadelphia to Amherst, Massachusetts. Posted live from the train!

I write from the relative comfort of an Amfleet coach on Amtrak number 56, the Vermonter. Below are some views exposed today with my Lumix LX7.

I thought I’d take the opportunity to use the Amherst Station while I still can.

Amtrak is due to shift the Vermonter to the ‘Knowledge Corridor’ route at the end of this month. This will result in a restoration of Amtrak service to the former Boston & Maine Connecticut River Line, and the first regularly scheduled passenger trains on the line since Amtrak suspended its Montrealer north of Springfield in the mid-1980s

In July 1989, Amtrak’s Washington D.C,- Montreal Montrealer was restored using a Central Vermont (CV) routing via New London, Palmer and Amherst.

Then, beginning in early 1995, shortly after New England Central assumed operations of the old CV, the daytime Vermonter (DC-St. Albans) replaced the nocturnal Montrealer schedule.

However, this new train used a revised routing via Hartford, Springfield and over the former Boston & Albany to Palmer, then up New England Central’s former CV line to East Northfield.

Soon Palmer to East Northfield will be freight only!

Amtrak 56 arriving at 30th Street.
Amtrak 56 arriving at 30th Street.
Vermonter arriving at 30th Street.
Vermonter arriving at 30th Street.
Near Harrison, NJ.
Near Harrison, NJ.
My view from the Hell Gate Bridge looking toward Manhattan.
My view from the Hell Gate Bridge looking toward Manhattan.
A BL20GH diesel at Bridgeport with a train from Waterbury. December 17, 2014. LX7 photo.
A BL20GH diesel at Bridgeport with a train from Waterbury. December 17, 2014. LX7 photo.
A BL20GH diesel at Bridgeport with a train from Waterbury. December 17, 2014. LX7 photo.
A BL20GH diesel at Bridgeport with a train from Waterbury. December 17, 2014. LX7 photo.
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Amfleet interior on train 56 Vermonter.
New Haven line train viewed from Amtrak's Vermonter, December 17, 2014.
New Haven line train viewed from Amtrak’s Vermonter, December 17, 2014.
New Haven, Connecticut. The WiFi remained active during the engine change. Notice 'Amherst' in the station list.
New Haven, Connecticut. The WiFi remained active during the engine change. Notice ‘Amherst’ in the station list.
Rolling along the old canal and Connecticut River at Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
Rolling along the old canal and Connecticut River at Windsor Locks, Connecticut.
Crossing the Connecticut. I'm looking down on the river bank where I photographed the Vermonter about a month ago.
Crossing the Connecticut. I’m looking down on the river bank where I photographed the Vermonter about a month ago.

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