ALC-42 Charger Tracking

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If this weekend wasn't foamy enough with CSX 3194, I don't know what is, On Saturday most of us reading this got heads up from various sources (including this website) about two visitors, I'd like this to be the heads up thread for when Amtrak ALC-42's #300 and #301 are here, This is a big deal as they're the next generation of Amtrak mainline engines that aren't state-funded, and also it's the first time an Amtrak heritage unit has been here in over a decade.


All we know so far is they're being based out of Battle Creek, They'll probably go as far as Wayne/Dearborn, but the rest is unknown at this time.
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Who said they were going to be based out of Battle Creek??

Look for them in Jackson (edit.....if and when they ever show up.....because just like their state owned cousins, continuing the pattern of mechanical issues runs in the family)

and if plans for testing go off of past history, it will be dark when they are being tested
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David Collins wrote:
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...and also it's the first time an Amtrak heritage unit has been here in over a decade.
On all the Amtrak routes in Michigan or just near where you live?

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...and also it's the first time an Amtrak heritage unit has been here in over a decade.
On all the Amtrak routes in Michigan or just near where you live?
On the wolverine in particular, the PM had #406 a few years ago, but nothing until now
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Buster Manning wrote:
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Who said they were going to be based out of Battle Creek??

Look for them in Jackson

and if plans for testing go off of past history, it will be dark when they are being tested
That's where they're supposed to be going to at the moment, That was just a guess.
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Supposedly they will be on 354 tonight going to Jackson.

UPDATE: Confirmed by passenger/railfan in CHI that 300 & 301 (along with misc. passenger) cars are on 354.
Test consist is attached to the back of the train with 300 on the east end and 301 on the tail.

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even more amazing.....only 2 mins late turning the corner at CP-482

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354 cleared Ogden Dunes at 7:42PM
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Arrived Jackson just before 23:00

Looks like the test train is being separated from 354.
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Test train consists of Amtrak 90 on east end followed by 300, a viewliner baggage, a horizon food service car & 301

As of 23:30, test train is still sitting at Jackson station

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even more amazing.....only 2 mins late turning the corner at CP-482
This is a true miracle these days.
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OK, does anyone have more info on these Amtrak® "Heritage Chargers?" Is there any more info on days and/or times they will be out "Testing? These are awesome!!!! :shock:
"Heritage Units" shows AMTK 301 is "Stopped near abondend buildings" (reported by SouthernMichiganRailfan): https://heritageunits.com/locomotive/detail/AMTK301
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"Stopped near abondend buildings"
The former MC shops in Jackson are definitely not abandoned...

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OK, can anyone verify that the Amtrak® "Heritage Chargers" are still parked in Jackson? Is there an easy way to photograph them from public property? Does any body know when/where they will be out testing? Will they work Saturday or Sunday? :?:
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OK, can anyone verify that the Amtrak® "Heritage Chargers" are still parked in Jackson? Is there an easy way to photograph them from public property? Does any body know when/where they will be out testing? Will they work Saturday or Sunday? :?:
They’re still there from what I know, no one has a clue as to when they’ll leave, there are whispers about them going up the Holly Subdivision to Pontiac sometime in the coming days IF they are still here (and that’s a pretty big if at this time), Amtrak is running these test trains in the middle of the night and NOT on schedules, so don’t expect to get good shots, as to where they’re at, I believe they’re in Jackson Yard, but don’t attempt to get close to them, Amtrak/NS police from what I’ve heard has given no bones to trespassers.
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OK, can anyone verify that the Amtrak® "Heritage Chargers" are still parked in Jackson? Is there an easy way to photograph them from public property? Does any body know when/where they will be out testing? Will they work Saturday or Sunday? :?:
Gone. On their way back to Chicago this evening.

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300-301 along with P42 90 and the two cars (a test car and a bag) are supposed to be on CAPITOL LIMITED 30 heading back to WAS tonight. This equipment had made a special train move from Jackson on Wed, powered by 518-519. Are 518-519 going to return or be replaced by other P32s for the work trains?
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300-301 along with P42 90 and the two cars (a test car and a bag) are supposed to be on CAPITOL LIMITED 30 heading back to WAS tonight. This equipment had made a special train move from Jackson on Wed, powered by 518-519. Are 518-519 going to return or be replaced by other P32s for the work trains?
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I think the 518/519 are based out of one of three places: Chicago, Jackson or Wayne
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David Collins wrote:
Thu Nov 04, 2021 3:20 pm
twropr wrote:
Thu Nov 04, 2021 3:18 pm
300-301 along with P42 90 and the two cars (a test car and a bag) are supposed to be on CAPITOL LIMITED 30 heading back to WAS tonight. This equipment had made a special train move from Jackson on Wed, powered by 518-519. Are 518-519 going to return or be replaced by other P32s for the work trains?
Andy
I think the 518/519 are based out of one of three places: Chicago, Jackson or Wayne
Hey, is there going to be any special power of this on somewhere between Jackson and Wayne, MI this weekend? I am looking at venturing out to Ann Arbor Saturday! it would be nice to see some nice Amtrak® equipment or "Heritage Chargers!!!!" Is there an actual "Work train" where we (Mazon and I) can view the P32s? I'd like to get something cool between Dearborn and Ann Arbor! Not going to Jackson!

Also, does anyone know anything about the "Private Varnish" supposedly sent to the ANN ARBOR Railroad®? :?: I also want to find AARR!!!! It would be great to see the special!!!! Do AARR trains usually run to Osmer on Saturdays? If so, what time usually? Do they also meet GLC on weekends too?
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CN X515 today took two private cars from Amtrak in Pontiac (they came in on P354) and interchanged them with NS at Oakwood. From there they will go to AARR for the WACGAP aka whack-gap - Watco Annual Company Gangbang And Picnic
When was this?
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Robertrains wrote:
Thu Nov 04, 2021 4:01 pm
David Collins wrote:
Thu Nov 04, 2021 3:20 pm
twropr wrote:
Thu Nov 04, 2021 3:18 pm
300-301 along with P42 90 and the two cars (a test car and a bag) are supposed to be on CAPITOL LIMITED 30 heading back to WAS tonight. This equipment had made a special train move from Jackson on Wed, powered by 518-519. Are 518-519 going to return or be replaced by other P32s for the work trains?
Andy
I think the 518/519 are based out of one of three places: Chicago, Jackson or Wayne
Hey, is there going to be any special power of this on somewhere between Jackson and Wayne, MI this weekend? I am looking at venturing out to Ann Arbor Saturday! it would be nice to see some nice Amtrak® equipment or "Heritage Chargers!!!!" Is there an actual "Work train" where we (Mazon and I) can view the P32s? I'd like to get something cool between Dearborn and Ann Arbor! Not going to Jackson!

Also, does anyone know anything about the "Private Varnish" supposedly sent to the ANN ARBOR Railroad®? :?: I also want to find AARR!!!! It would be great to see the special!!!! Do AARR trains usually run to Osmer on Saturdays? If so, what time usually? Do they also meet GLC on weekends too?
David Collins wrote:
Tue Nov 02, 2021 7:11 pm
LansingRailFan wrote:
Tue Nov 02, 2021 7:10 pm
CN X515 today took two private cars from Amtrak in Pontiac (they came in on P354) and interchanged them with NS at Oakwood. From there they will go to AARR for the WACGAP aka whack-gap - Watco Annual Company Gangbang And Picnic
When was this?
I meant that they’re kept in either one of the three locations, I have no clue as to where they’re at, as to where the AARR cars are at, don’t expect to have them comeback, they’ll probably be set off in Ann Arbor once they’re done and anyone of the westbound Wolverine trains will pick them and ship them west to Chicago, don’t get your hopes up please, any more info should be put in the standard Amtrak updates thread.
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