Knowledge Corridor First Day Photo Album

Here’s a diverse selection of images: December 29, 2014 saw the first public operation of Amtrak’s Vermonter on the traditional Connecticut River Line via Northampton and Greenfield, Massachusetts.

The trains were totally sold out in both directions. I made a host of digital photos and color slides of the event.

New signal near the Greenfield Station displays 'stop.'
New signal near the Greenfield Station displays ‘stop.’
The railway platform at Greenfield is adjacent to its new centralized bus terminal. This 29 seat bus was heading for Millersfalls. Lumix LX7.
The railway platform at Greenfield is adjacent to its new centralized bus terminal. This 29 seat bus was heading for Millersfalls. Lumix LX7.
Large crowds of passengers, fans, and politicians gathered at Greenfield to witness the first revenue Amtrak train to stop on the Knowledge Corridor route. Lumix LX7 Photo.
Large crowds of passengers, fans, and politicians gathered at Greenfield to witness the first revenue Amtrak train to stop on the Knowledge Corridor route. Lumix LX7 Photo.
Amtrak number 55 approaches Greenfield. Canon EOS 7D.
Amtrak number 55 approaches Greenfield. Canon EOS 7D.
Lumix LX7 photo.
Lumix LX7 photo.
No passengers will be left behind, 'All aboard!'. Lumix LX7 photo.
No passengers will be left behind, ‘All aboard!’. Lumix LX7 photo.
Amtrak 55 on the platform at Springfield, Massachusetts. Lumix LX7 photo.
Amtrak 55 on the platform at Springfield, Massachusetts. Lumix LX7 photo.
Northward Vermonter approaching Springfield Station. It's unusual to see this train doubleheaded. Lumix LX7.
Northward Vermonter approaching Springfield Station. It’s unusual to see this train doubleheaded. Lumix LX7.
View from train 56 at Springfield Station. Lumix LX7 photo.
View from train 56 at Springfield Station. Lumix LX7 photo.
Greenfield greets the northward Vermonter, train 56. Lumix LX7 photo.
Greenfield greets the northward Vermonter, train 56. Lumix LX7 photo.
The high  ISO setting on my Canon EOS 7D proved useful. Greenfield at dusk. Train 56 making its first ever station stop.
The high ISO setting on my Canon EOS 7D proved useful. Greenfield at dusk. Train 56 making its first ever station stop.
Amtrak's Vermonter departs Greenfield for Brattleboro and points north. Amtrak's daily Vermonter (Washington DC to St. Albans, Vermont) will now call at Greenfield 7 days a week. Lumix LX7 photo.
Amtrak’s Vermonter departs Greenfield for Brattleboro and points north. Amtrak’s daily Vermonter (Washington DC to St. Albans, Vermont) will now call at Greenfield 7 days a week. Lumix LX7 photo.
I made this pan photo at ISO 1000 at f2.8 1/8th of second using my Canon EOS 7D with 40mm pancake lens.
I made this pan photo at ISO 1000 at f2.8 1/8th of second using my Canon EOS 7D with 40mm pancake lens. Amtrak 10004 offers an exceptional view of the line for officials, railroad officers and special guests.

From Monday forward, the Vermonter will serve this more direct route, thus ending 25 years of passenger service on the Central Vermont/New England Central line via Amherst, Massachusetts. Back in July 1989, I made photos of the first Montrealer arriving in Amherst. Both days were historic, and preserved for posterity.

I was not alone; lots of cameras whirred away trackside!

Thanks to everyone who made the day a success!

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