Not the best picture, but it does the job for the story and history. Taken on a Saturday in July 1999 at the Amtrak Station in Cleveland, sometime in the 6am time frame. After the Conrail split, CSX and NS had a hell of a time getting Amtrak over the road. On this day, both the east and west Lakeshore would outlaw in Cleveland. The 49 came into the station first to pickup and drop off passengers and then did a reverse move to get over to the other main to allow 48 to come into the station. Both trains that day had a P42/F40 combo. F40 350 was only to be used as a B unit. The side windows were blanked out and seats removed. I would get up at 5am on Saturdays and call Amtrak Julie to check on the status of the trains. For the next few months, I would witness dead trains on the law at the station. The station is now down to one main and the only F40 units on Amtrak are used as cab control units.
|Amtraks' Lakeshores at Cleveland, Ohio. July 1999.|