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Published in Trains magazine, Railfan & Railroad, Passenger Train Journal

Sunday, August 27, 2006

It is a chilly March day in 2002, and the yard crew is shoving Amtrak train No. 173, with five cars and AEM-7 924 on the point, over to South Station from Southampton Street Yard in the Dorchester section of Boston. It is not quite 11:30 a.m. A couple of Acela Expresses will follow along with some other regional trains, then No. 67, named the Twilight Shoreliner in those days - and carried a sleeper or two, will leave the yard at about 8:00 p.m., which will be in plenty of time to load up passengers, baggage and mail for its 9:05 p.m. on-time departure. If all goes well, it will arrive in Washington, D.C. at 5:50 a.m. the next day and in Newport News at 10:35 a.m. No. 173 arrived in Washington around 8:05 p.m. at the end of its journey.

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