First long trip  Contributor's Pick!       
In 1978, I was 19 years old, working for a McDonalds in Queens while I was attending St John's University. One of the benefits was that even as a part time employee, I was entitled to paid vacation. This was based on average hours worked over a year. In my case, this amounted to 28 hours. At that time, Amtrak was offering a $10 return fare on round trips. Chicago was $61 one way, with the $10 return, too good to pass up. I took the Broadway west, and returned on the Lake Shore. Heres my westbound train about to leave Penn Station behind GG 1 4932. It took the train to Harrisburg, where it swapped out for three E 8s. The G performed flawlessly, and really ran for an almost 40 year old engine. The train even had an ex PRR twin unit diner. On the adjacent track is a Bay Head train, also led by a G, but only as far as South Amboy, where E's will take over. Except for the paint, not much has changed since the 1950's!!
Date: 8/14/1978 Location: Penn Station, NYC, NY Views: 742 Collection Of:   Tom Beckett
Locomotives: AMTK 4932(GG1)    Author:  Tom Beckett
First long trip
Picture Categories: Tunnel,Station,Passenger,Action This picture is part of album:  GG-1
User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
David Sommer General Great story! 8/30/2012 1:41:02 AM
David Sommer General Great story! 8/30/2012 1:41:23 AM
Fred Stuckmann General Nice way to work it. 9/24/2012 3:01:01 PM
Tim Darnell General Great story, very familiar sight! 10/29/2019 11:56:29 PM
Matthew Zisi General Just as dark as it was when I was there (though the equipment looks a bit different)! 12/14/2020 9:03:13 PM

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