Front Range Explorers Passenger Special
It had been a while since I went out to get the shot. It was time. My son Jacob joined me for the evening. We sung by my parents' house and borrowed a couple of digital video cameras and we headed downtown to scope out the shot. We decided to set up on the west levee of the Trinity River and photograph the train crossing the TRE bridge.
We then headed for the Fort Worth ITC (Amtrak Depot), parked, and walked to the platform tracks. We grabbed a few quick shots of the IC colors that had taken over the scene. Sure enough, Phil Gosney was hanging out near the rear of the train. I have know Phil for a long time and my father has known him for even longer. In California he holds the Number 1 spot on the Amtrak engineer's seniority roster. It is always good to catch up with friends. Phil insisted that Jacob and I pose on the open platform of the Caritas for a photograph. Thanks Phil! It is a great shot. Next we got an interior tour of all of the cars. I think Jacob was impressed!
First was at the 8th Street grade crossing just north of the Fort Worth ITC. He we got some shots of the train backing out of the depot and under the Tindall Building. The sun was getting pretty low, casting long shadows. The crossbuck shadows were fun to work with on the side of the train. I handed Jacob a video camera on the fly just to see what he could do...
May 31-June 6, 2016
Ft. Worth, TX-Denver, CO-Gillette, WY-Glendive, MT-Minot, ND (via Snowden)-Minneapolis/St. Paul. With connecting service from and to Chicago.
A 2,350 “rare mileage” extravaganza.
Connecting Chicago Service:
May 29. 1:45PM Dpt. Chicago on Amtrak #21 (Texas Eagle)
May 30. 1:25PM arr. Ft. Worth. Park overnight at Amtrak station.
Front Range Explorers’ Special
May 31: 7:00AM, Dpt. Ft. worth for Amarillo via Wichita Falls (ex-Ft. Worth and Denver)
Arr. Amarillo 6:30PM. Park overnight.
June 1: 7:00AM Dpt. Amarillo for Denver via Sixela, Trinidad and Pueblo. (ex-Colo. &
Southern). Park overnight at Denver Union Station.
June 2: Free day in Denver. Explorers’ banquet.
June 3: 7:00AM Dpt. Denver for Gillette via Wendover then to Gillette via the “coal line.”
Park overnight in Gillette.
June 4: 7:00AM Dpt. Gillette for Forsyth, MT (ex-NP). Park overnight in Forsyth.
June 5: 7:00AM Dpt. Forsyth for Minot via Glendive then on Sidney branch to Snowden
where we join the ex-GN high-line to Minot. Park overnight in Minot.
June 6: 3:00AM Dpt. for Minneapolis/Dst. Paul via KO sub. for Moorhead and Willmar
(original route of GN’s Empire Builder). Arr. Midway (former Amtrak station) 4:30PM. Trip ends.
Connecting Chicago ServiceJune 7: 7:00AM Dpt. Behind Amtrak #8 (Empire Builder).
Arr. Chicago 3:35PM.
Equipment will include a full (ex-Santa Fe dome), full diner, Caritas open-platform business car and sleepers with bedroom, roomette and section accommodations.