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Earle Baldwin

Amtrak Cab Ride - Night Train to Manhattan

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[float=right]N078.gif[/float]Of the many commercially produced railroading video programs available, "Amtrak Cab Ride - Night Train to Manhattan" is truly unique.


The video is approximately 100 minutes in duration and takes us for a cab ride aboard Amtrak AEM7 904 as it powers the 8 cars of Train 167 from New Haven, CT to New York Penn Station on the evening of December 31, 2005. As some will recall, New Year's Eve that year featured a snowstorm and the snow laying on the right of way provided optimum lighting conditions for the production of a night time cab ride program. The combination of heavy snow and impressive speed provides for a railroading experience of high drama. The view from the cab is breathtaking as lights of stations, interlockings and surrounding structures illuminate the 904's way as it diligently makes it way through the worst Mother Nature can dish out. Many opposing trains of Amtrak and Metro-North are observed. Commentary and conversation among the crew give the program a real railroading flavor. Since it was filmed on New Year's Eve, some of the commentary regarding the festivities are quite entertaining. At one point, a remark is made regarding the Metro-North crews who will be dealing with returning Times Square revelers later in the evening! The highlight of the entire trip is a fabulous ride over the Hell Gate Bridge with the lights of the Triboro Bridge and Manhattan twnkling in the distance.


"Amtrak Cab Ride - Night Train to Manhattan" is priced at $29.95, an outstanding value particularly when one considers the opportunities for cab rides have become virtually non existent due to litigation and security concerns. I strongly recommend its purchase for enthusiasts who are looking for an unusual addition for their collections. An image of the program's case may be viewed via the following link:




Happy railroading,



Edited by Cappy
Fixed the link

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