Amtrak E8A #201 Editors Pick! Contributor's Pick!       
Digital image from Kim E. Piersol original 35mm Kodachrome transparency
Date: 10/1/1974 Location: State Line Crossing, IN   Map Show State Line Crossing on a rail map Views: 1284 Collection Of:   Kim Piersol
Locomotives: AMTK 201(E8A) BO 1457(E9A) AMTK 203(E8A)    Author:  Kim Piersol
Amtrak E8A #201
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Name Type Comments Date
Tim Huemmer General Wow that's some junky looking track, what line was it on? 2/27/2006 4:37:02 PM
Brent Jackson General Probably Peen Central. Amtrak had a lot of problems trying to run trains through Indiana in 1974 and 1975, to the point they moved right off PC lines in favou of the C&O and L&N. 2/28/2006 9:55:42 AM
Mike Woodruff General Correct, except that this is on the C&O route, albeit on C&WI trackage (shared with EL at this point). In the early '70s, there was an awful lot of track like this throughout the industry. 2/28/2006 6:58:12 PM
Zach Pumphery General This was the "Bad Track Decade", and then ya had the Rock Island. 3/1/2006 8:50:37 AM
Brent Jackson General So, this is on the C&O, huh? In October 1974, wouldn't that be Chessie by then? The original Chessie System merger was in 1973. But either way, its no wonder Amtrak had to take over passenger service, the train looks as bad as the tracks! And how many lines went into bankruptcy in the 70s, Penn Central, EL, B&M, Rock Island, Milwalkee Road..... 3/2/2006 3:37:24 PM
Bob Lalich General The train is WB on EL trackage, about to enter the interlocking plant at State Line, at which point ownership of trackage changed to C&WI. The long lens makes the track appear worse than it actually was. 1/13/2008 8:41:35 AM
Eric Berg General ...and its hard to tell anyway, cosidering state line had what? 15 or 20 rail line lines runnin through it? And about 200 miles of pipeline? What a disaster area, good for train watching though!! 3/16/2010 3:00:35 AM
Wayne Hudak General To Brent Jackson, i still call the rail line from Porter, IN to Hammond, IN the Michigan Central! CSX through Portage, IN is STILL the B&O! [to me] haha 5/10/2010 12:49:11 AM
Ron Moraca General CRIKEY!!!!!! HOW I HATED THOSE AMTRAK PHASE I BLOODY NOSES, KIM!!!! KILLER SHOT!!!!!! 5/11/2011 2:31:26 AM
Chris Lubinski General Nice photo! I believe the camera has made the track look worse but those jointed rail '70's and deferred maint. produced some bad track we hope never to see again! 11/27/2012 9:11:24 AM

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