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Private Railcar Owners Convene in Burlington, Vermont

photo: Borden Black

Eighteen privately owned railcars are touring upstate New York and New England, with the owners convention scheduled for September 19 - 21, 2017 in Burlington.

The colorful train includes passenger cars dating from 1911 through the 1950s.

While the train is in Burlington, the public will have an opportunity to tour the cars.

Here’s the schedule, although subject to change:

September 14 - Albany, NY to Utica, NY

September 15 - Utica, NY to Geneva, NY

September 16 - Geneva, NY to Finger Lakes Railway South, and return

September 17 - Geneva, NY to Rutland, VT

September 18 - Rutland, VT to Burlington, VT

September 19 - 21 Private Railcar Owners Convention, Burlington, VT

September 22 - Burlington, VT to Albany Rensselaer, NY

Additional information is available at:

Ocean View returns to Downeaster

Amtrak dome car, Ocean View, will be running on Downeaster trains through September 24, 2017.

Monday through Friday, the dome car will be on southbound trains 682 and 688 and on northbound trains 683 and 689. 

On Saturday, the car will be running on southbound trains 692 and 696, and northbound trains 693 and 697. 

On Sunday, the car will be a part of southbound trains 690 and 698 and northbound trains 691 and 699.

Seating in Ocean View is open to all Downeaster passengers.

Ocean View was built by the Budd Company in 1955 for the Great Northern’s Empire Builder, and completely refurbished by Amtrak in 1999.


If you plan to be in Cheyenne...


If you are going to be in Cheyenne, Wyoming in August, September, October, or November, you have a rare opportunity to visit the Union Pacific steam shops.

On just eight Fridays, the Cheyenne Visitors Bureau is offering tours of the Cheyenne Depot Museum and the Union Pacific Steam Shops. Here are the dates:

August 18 & 25
September 15 & 29
October 13 & 27
November 10 & 17

You will see the in-progress restoration of UP Big Boy 4-8-8-4 #4014, as well as UP 4-8-4 #844,
and UP 4-6-6-4 #3985. 

Visitors are required to wear closed-toe shoes and sign a liability waiver.

The tours begin at 12:30 pm, cost $20 per person, and reservations are required. To reserve a place,
call 307-778-3133, or e-mail to:

Proceeds from the shop tours go to the Cheyenne Street Railway and Cheyenne Depot Museum.



MBTA to invest $7.9M in Mattapan Trolley Line PCC cars

The MBTA’s Mattapan-Ashmont line is home to one of the last fleets of Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcars still running in the United States. And the MBTA is planning to invest $7.9M to keep them running.

Built in the 1940s, the MBTA owns 10 PCC streetcars, although only seven are used regularly. While several other US cities have and use PCC cars, the Boston fleet is unique in that they have never been retired from service.

The majority of the investment will go toward rebuilding the PCC’s trucks.

The Ashmont-Mattapan line serves as an extension of the Red Line subway and runs along part of a former New Haven line that was converted in the 1930s. The 10 PCCs that work the line currently wear orange and cream colors much like the original scheme they were delivered in. 

contents Amtrak dome Ocean View returns to Downeaster If you are going to be in Cheyenne... MBTA investing $7.9M in Mattapan PCC cars

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