Special train set to pass through Tyrone on Sunday

In conjunction with The American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners Inc. (AAPRCO), a convention train will pass through Tyrone by way of the Nittany Bald Eagle Branch on Sunday, September 24.
It is expected to arrive near the Tyrone Station around 3:30 p.m. A short time later, the passenger railcars will be split into two sections, westbound and eastbound, to travel on Norfolk Southern’s main line.
It will be a great opportunity for rail fans to view the passage of a trainset containing 21 of the finest blue-ribbon, private passenger railcars in existence today.
The special AAPRCO Convention train, pulled by three P-42 Amtrak diesel locomotives (4250 horsepower each), is scheduled to leave Steamtown, in Scranton, at 7 a.m., with stops at Sunbury and Lock Haven, and arrive in Tyrone at 3:30 p.m.
According to Donna Myers, manager of Amtrak charter operations, “At Tyrone, the two lead locomotives (back to back) will be for the western train, and the third locomotive will be for the eastern train and will be next to the eastern cars. The east locomotive and cars will be cut off; the west locomotives will recouple to the train and depart. Then, the east locomotive will run around the train.” It is not expected that passengers will detrain at Tyrone.”
The westbound train will depart at 4:10 p.m., heading for Altoona, Johnstown, and Pittsburgh. On Monday, Sept. 25, the train will resume travel from Pittsburgh to Chicago.
The eastbound train will leave Tyrone at 4:40 p.m. bound for Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Washington, D.C. The train will follow Amtrak’s “Pennsylvanian” — train No. 44.
The names of the private railcars composing the train consist are: Hickory Creek, Mount Vernon, J. Pinckney Henderson, Hollywood Beach, Colorado Pines, Dover Harbor, Pacific Union, Metis, Pointe Ste. Charles, Chico 27, Pacific Sands, Scottish Thistle, Vista Canyon, Diablo Canyon, Federal, Oliver Hazard Perry, Birch Grove, Vista Dome, Northern Sky, Northern Dreams, and Chapel Hill.
In days gone by, first-class service aboard the fine trains of North America was a given, included with the purchase of a ticket. Now, those trains are but fond memories.
The operation of the railcars is coordinated through The American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners Inc. (AAPRCO), whose 29th annual convention will be held September 22 – 23 at Scranton. The mission of the AAPRCO is to promote the operation, ownership, and enjoyment of the private passenger railcar.
Amtrak and the AAPRCO’s 500 members have a symbiotic relationship. As long as the railcars meet standards, Amtrak trains haul these wheeled yachts wherever they go, hooking them to the rear of passenger trains at a cost of $1.80 per mile (plus coupling and uncoupling charges). The railcars, most of them converted into combination lounge/sleepers resembling “minihotels,” can go almost anywhere — to the Rose Bowl in California, to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, to Miami for a winter getaway. It just takes a while to get there!