Travelogue of Michael Hansen's Trips on the Amtrak Hiawatha
Its about 12:50 PM, on Monday, Laberday, September 1, 2003, and we're in
north boarding lounge of Chicago Union station, ware I, along with my
are waiting to board Amtrak train number 335, the Hiawatha for a quick
to Milwalkie and back. We arived about 1 hour and 10 minutes ago on a
train, but I couldn't get the engine numbers, of all times, I forgot to
the conductor! (On our way home from Chicago to arrora, we saw a
dubbleheaded train which could've and probably was ours.) I determained
our train was eithor pushed by 1 or 2 F40PH's, the engine in HEP, be it
first or second unit had a replaced fan.
The agent, a lady who we'd delt with on our trip with the Empire Builder
said once the conductor told her passengers could board she'd give us a
start. I highly douted this, as the last time this agent was very rude
the boarding process and didn't follow prosejiors that are normally
for boarding. Like I had thought, we didn't preboard, but it didn't
matter, although the agent had no reason to not allow us to, as I am
We walked down the platform, and boarded the first coach, next to our
which was the replacement for a cabbage car on this train. After walking
through 3 coaches, we finally came to ex-Metroliner coach number 44550,
behind the engineengine! We had earlier took a walk down the platform to
Todays Hiawatha is pulled by Genesis engine number 517 and includes
Ex-Metroliner coach number 44550, herison coaches 54512, 54561, 54534
Genesis engine number 519.
HEP was taken off at 12:57 PM, and at 1:00 PM, rite on time, we pulled
of CUS. I heard on the conductors radio that there was a car stuck on
tracks at a grade crossing ahead. Another person told the conductor how
had heard that the car was stuck on the tracks at the grade crossing
and wondered if that would effect our train. The conductor replied it
shouldn't, as the Metra train ahead of us had made it through. Aparently
car on the tracks didn't effect us, as the train continued on to
Sterdivant and Milwalkie, ware it arived at 2:25 PM, 14 minutes early!
Its about 2:30 PM, on Monday, Laberday, September 1, 2003, and we're in
Milwalkie Amtrak station, ware we will be boarding Amtrak train number
the Hiawatha, on our way back to Chicago. We arived 5 minutes later at 2:25
PM, and headed strate into the station ware we asked about preboarding.
agent told us to have a seet and that'd he'd take us out to the train in
cupple of minutes. He came back shortly and told us he'd go ahead and
us out now, and we went out a side door into the covered area ware our
is stopped. After boarding, we headed to the front and took seets as
to the door leeding to the cab car as possible.
Our train departed Milwalkie at 3:02 PM, 2 minutes late with 2 excilent
honks, of corse echoing in the covered area from the perfectly tuned
Genesis engine number 519! After stopping at Sterdivant and Glenview,
didn't get the stop arivel/departure times, we arived in Chicago at 4:9
20 minutes early! These locomotives seem to be a fast pare! The ride
the P32's made this trip especially enjoyable. I'm looking forward to
next rail adventure!