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All photos by Ron Goodenow. Reproduction without Ron's permission is prohibited.
Pages created and edited by Craig S. O'Connell.

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A photo collection of railroad memorabilia including timetables, tickets, menus and more.

Ron Goodenow first met trains on what is now Jersey Transit's Boonton Line. His father and grandfather before him trundled in old Boonton Line-style coaches on the Lackawanna Railroad to Hoboken, where they took the ferry to the Battery and work near Wall Street. A historian by training and an accomplished award-winning photographer, he began shooting passenger trains as a college student in Iowa and has put together a substantial archive from around the world which he is now scanning and sharing widely. He met his wife of almost 40 years on the Pennsylvania Railroad, literally hitch-hiked a ride on the Rock Island's Rocky Mountain Rocket to be with her on the day President Kennedy was assassinated, was temporarily arrested in a Brazilian terminal [it is illegal to take photographs in large stations], and, more recently, has traveled [and photographed] virtually the entire British Rail Intercity system, as well as passenger trains in much of Western Europe. Now retired from many years of university teaching and research, he earns a living from his home in a small central Massachusetts town near Worcester as a photographer and independent researcher, lecturer and writer who advises Fortune 200 companies, health systems and universities on the ever changing nature of information technology in healthcare and society. Tools of the trade include digital cameras and an always-ready laptop for editing on the go. We'll be expanding the Gallery to include many more photos, and Ron is currently re-editing many that are already there, so check back often for a rare glimpse of almost 50 years of passenger railroading and Ron's colorful commentary on the past and current scenes.

Sadly, on October 28, 2018, Ron passed from this life. Those of us who knew him personally are deeply saddened but will always remember Ron as very special human being capable of so much love, warmth and life. The train and photographic community has also lost a good life long friend. Amtrak has lost a champion. Rest in peace, my friend. We will miss you. This photographic gallery will remain as a testimony to your commitment to passenger train travel as well as your fine artistic photographic skills. --Craig S. O'Connell


Page One
Pre-Amtrak Penn Central/New York and Long Branch train, photographed at Hazlet, NJ, in 1969.
The Santa Fe Super Chief - El Capitan in San Bernadino, 1967.
Rock Island #6, the Plainsman, taken near Grinnell, Iowa, in 1967.
Train #32, a single RDC, ran from Montreal to White River Junction, Vermont - 1964.


Page Two

Amtrak Empire State train in the Rensselaer [Albany] station, 1978.
Self-propelled SPV 40 (??) along the Springfield line in Connecticut, 1981.
Amtrak's Chicago-Milwaukee-Minneapolis train, 'The Hiawatha', in Wisconsin, 1973.
Union Pacific Train #103, the Chicago-LA City of Los Angeles-Challenger Domeliner in Riverside, California 30 years ago.


Page Three

LaSalle Street Station, Chicago in the early '60s.
Rare passing photo of eastbound California Zephyr in 1968.
Amtrak's pre-Superliner Southwest Chief, 1973.
New Haven's beautiful Union Station, November, 1998


Page Four

Seasons Greetings On the C&O-B&O Diplomat, 1965.
Northeast Direct Train 145 Southbound from Worcester, MA, Dec. 1995
Canadian National's eastbound Panorama in the Frazier River Canyon, 1966
Amtrak's eastbound California Zephyr, 1982.


Page Five

1968 view of No. 172, the Penn Central-New Haven Senator in New Brunswick, NJ
InterCity 125 taken between Doncaster and York on the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinbrugh in 1985
The Sante Fe in the 60s
Alaska Railroad, 1967


Page Six

Amtrak's San Francisco Zephyr in Berkeley, CA, in June 1975.
UP's City of Portland-City of Denver domeliner in 1964.
PRR GG1 hauling a Boston-Washington Colonial at high 100mph+ speed in late 1960s in Metuchen, NJ.
Two pics...Erie-Lackawanna, Hoboken, NJ late1960s and MU's arriving in Hoboken on a frigid day in 1982.


Page Seven

Two pics...SP Lark, Santa Barbara, CA in1967 and Redwood City, CA in1968.
Northern Pacific's Mainstreeter near Missoula, Montana in1969.
Empire Builder and Western Star, 1960s.
Southern Pacific's Del Monte, Redwood City, on the Peninsula Line, in 1968.


Page Eight

Nigerian Railways, 1977 and Belgium Railway, 1983.
Vintage New Haven Shoreline Boston-Grand Central expresses, 1966.
Amtrak's Boston LakeShore in Worcester, MA, Sept. 1999 and the New York Central's New England States in Newton, MA, in 1966.
SP's Coast Daylight, 1966 and Amtrak's San Diegan, 1975.


Page Nine

Two E-unit streamliners in the 1960s--CA Zephyr and City of LA-Challenger.
1982 Wolfeboro RR, New Hampshire and a Santa Fe Southern train in the Santa Fe, NM in 1998.
PRR's "Afternoon Keystone," behind a GG1, Metuchen, NJ, 1962 and USDT-Penn Central Metroliner, North Brunswick, NJ,1968.
Amtrak's City of New Orleans, Champaign, Illinois, June, 1971.


Page Ten

Great Northern's Empire Builder, Havre, Montana, 1967 and a regional Italian express, near Milan, 1983.
Canadian National's Panorama in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, 1969.
Amtrak's North Coast Hiawatha across Montana, summer 1973.
Boston And Maine Ambassador, 1964 and 1965.


Page Eleven

MoPac Train 27-28 in El Paso, TX and Penn Central's Admiral at Adams Station, New Jersey, 1968.
Hoboken Terminus for Jersey Transit and London's Paddington Station, 1982-83.
Grinnell, IA depot on the Rock Island Line, 1968 and 1982.
Amtrak in New Haven, CT, April, 2000.


Page Twelve

Vermont Rails--Monadnock Central's Bellows Falls - Chester Depot run, 1964 and Steamtown Excursion in Bellows Falls, 1978.
Amtrak's Lake Shore Ltd. at Rensselaer, NY station, May, 2000.
Rock Island's eastbound Rocky Mountain Rocket near Limon, Colorado, 1965 and VIA's Jasper - Prince Rupert run, 1983.
Newly restored Worcester, MA railroad station, July, 2000.


Page Thirteen

Boston And Maine summer train at Weirs Beach, 1962 and the Winnipesaukee Scenic RR train, July, 2000.
Amtrak's Vermonter at White River Junction, Vermont, summer 2000.
Amtrak's train #41, the Silver Star, on August 10 and 11, 2000.
Amtrak's California Zephyr, September 5, 2000.


Page Fourteen

Capitol Train 729 departing for San Jose from a gleaming terminal, September 2000.
NJ Transit and MARC trains on the Northeast Corridor.
November 4, 2000. Amtrak's Northeast Direct #163 coming and going from Old Saybrook, CT, on the shoreline between Boston and New York.
Metra trains at Chicago's Olgivie Transportation Center, October, 2000.


Page Fifteen

New York's Grand Central Terminal and Metro North Commuter RR in New Haven, CT on December 7, 2000.
Denver and Rio Grande Western's "Yampa Valley" at Fraser, CO.
1982 North Station, Boston...RDCs operated by the MBTA.
The Union Pacific's City of Los Angeles-City of San Francisco-Challenger Domeliner in Laramie, Wyoming, 1964 and Northwestern Pacific's No. 4 in Santa Rosa, CA a few years later.


Page Sixteen

Santa Fe's Grand Canyon in Albuquerque and Seattle Train #2 in Vancouver, WA, late 60's.
Buffalo's magnificent Central Terminal, 1971; Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo's RDC connection to Toronto.
North Coast Ltd. in Montana, 1967.
CN's daily Montreal and Quebec at Cochrane and its Senneterre - Noranda-Rouyn run, photographed in Cadillac, Quebec, both 1969.


Page Seventeen

Virgin Rail's intercity trains on the privatized British railway, June 2001.
Britain's Gatwick Express and Heathrow Airport rail shuttle,
More privatized British rail - Great Western 125 arriving at Bristol; another leaving Paddington.
Amtrak's Acela Express at BWI, August 10, 2001.


Page Eighteen

Metro North Commuter train out of Grand Central Terminal in Waterbury, CT and Caltrain local pulling into San Bruno on its way down the Peninsula to San Jose, CA; spring 2001.
Amtrak's California Zephyr on September 9, 2001 and San Joaquin 714 on September 12, 2001.
1968 - Southern Pacific No. 11, the Cascade, shot in Milwaukee, Oregon and UP's Train No. 19, photographed in Wallula, in Eastern Washington.
Amtrak's new "Downeaster" service, January 1, 2002.


Page Nineteen

Jan. 2002, Amtrak's Lakeshore Ltd. at Southboro, MA and an Amtrak operated MBTA local inbound to Boston at Westboro, MA.
Boston bound conventional and Acela Express runs, Canton, MA/RT.128 station, February 3, 2002.
Canadian Pacific Train #8 in 1963 and VIA Calgary-South Edmonton local, at Red Deer in the winter of 1984.
Amtrak switcher with a consist of mail and express cars and the Chicago bound Lake Shore Limited, in the Albany-Rensselaer, station, April 17, 2002.


Page Twenty

Amtrak's California Zephyr along the Colorado River on April 19, 2002.
NJ Transit at Harrison, NJ and Amtrak's Three Rivers, on its way to Pittsburgh and Chicago, February 2002.
Amtrak Train 142 northbound in Windsor Locks, CT, July 2002.
SP's Coast Daylight in 1967


Page Twenty-One

Amtrak California's San Joaquin Train 712, April, 2002 and Metra scene in Chicago, summer 2000.
UP's City of Portland in Pendleton,Oregon, 1968.
August 31, 2002, west of London, England. A spanking new Virgin Trains Voyager cross-country express.
September, 2001, in Northern California Amtrak-California train arriving in Emeryville and the Napa Valley Wine Train.


Page Twenty-Two

SP's #21, mixed freight-passenger, in Nevada, 1965.
Zephyrs across the years: Burlington's Kansas City Zephyr, 1965; Amtrak's California Zephyr, 2002.
Canadian Pacific's transcontinental Canadian winding through Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, 1969.
1981 RDCs on the Springfield Line in Connecticut.


Page Twenty-Three

North Jersey Coast Line in Hazlet, NJ, 1969.
Amtrak's westbound Boston Lake Shore Ltd., November 30, 2003. Seasons Greetings!
Passenger railroading in Sweden, September, 2003.
Amtrak in New London, CT, winter 2000.

Page Twenty-four

Amtrak's Silver Meteor in Tampa and Clearwater, FL, 1982.
Amtrak's Downeaster at Wells, Maine station, May 2004.
New Jersey Transit trains in Hoboken and Newark, NJ in fall of 2001.
Amtrak's California Capitol Corridor service, Emeryville, May 2004.

Page Twenty-Five

Virgin Rail's Penolino at Milton Keynes (UK) station, May, 2004.
Amtrak's Acela Express and Lake Shore Ltd. at Boston's South Station, Aug. 4, 2004.
The "Ice Cream Car" on the Capitol Corridor Train, Berkeley, CA, 2004.
Amtrak's gleaming Coast Starlight, Berkeley, CA on the day before Thanksgiving, 2004.


Page Twenty-Six

Boston section of Lake Shore Ltd, January 6, 2005, Westboro, MA
Amtrak's Downeaster crossing the Merrimack River, March 20, 2005.
Capitol Corridor train in Berkeley on its way from San Jose to Sacramento in March, 2005
Amtrak's Vermonter at Palmer, MA, May 2005.

Page Twenty-Seven

April 2001, Kings Cross Station, London.
Acela Express 2250 resumes service in New London, CT, July 23, 2005.
Amtrak's State House, Joliet, IL, August 2005.
Amtrak's California Zephyr en route to Reno, NV in September, 2005.


Page Twenty-Eight

British Rail arriving in Milton Keynes Central, May 2004.
Amtrak Silver Service dining car, 2001.
Happy Holidays From Friends Of Amtrak: PRR at Metuchen, NJ, early 1960s.
German high speed ICE train in the former East Berlin, September, 2003. 

Page Twenty-Nine

Amtrak's Downeaster in Durham New Hampshire, January 28, 2006.
Amtrak's LakeShore Ltd. and CSX freight at Worcester, MA, February, 2006.
Boston to Worcester MBTA commuter train photographed from a canoe in Mill Pond at Westborough, MA, April 2006.
New York City's Grand Central Terminal, May, 2006.


Page Thirty

Amtrak on the head end with private varnish near Joliet, IL, August, 2005.
San Jose, CA station, July 2006.
Amtrak's California Zephyr departing from Emeryville, California, September 2000.
Amtrak's Ann Rutledge, in Joliet on its way from Chicago to St. Louis (and then Kansas City) in August, 2005

Page Thirty-one

Lisle, Illinois along the BNSF mainline, November 2006
Amtrak's Downeaster, North Station, Boston, December 15, 2006
Amtrak's California Zephyr in Davis, CA, November 2006.
Ron's first rail photo - Florida East Coast line between Jacksonville and Miami, summer 1956.

Page Thirty-two

British Rail - First Great Western Class 180 Adelante multiple unit articulated train, photographed at Bridgend, Wales, in April 2004.
"The Ambassador" in South Royalton, VT in 1965.
Amtrak's Southwest Chief at Bernalillo, New Mexico, May 26, 2007.
Grand Luxe Rail Journeys Train, Sunday, May 27, 2007, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Page Thirty-three

Rail Runner Express, departing the Sandoval County/Route 550 station near Bernalillo and Placitas, on its way to Albuquerque.
Amtrak's northbound Adirondack at Ft. Edward, NY on August 16, 2007.
Amtrak's Ethan Allen in Rutland, Vermont on August 16, 2007.
Amtrak's northbound Downeaster at Kennebunk, ME, November 4, 2007.

Page Thirty-four

Amtrak's Lake Shore Ltd. in Palmer, MA, January 2005.
Amtrak's Southwest Chief arriving in the picturesque little town of Lamy, New Mexico, on a beautiful June, 2007.
Grand Canyon Railway train outside of Williams, AZ in January 2008.
Capitol Corridor train 729 in Berkeley, CA,March 8, 2008.

Page Thirty-five

Westbound Lake Shore Limited, photographed on May 14, 2008, from Ron's canoe on Mill Pond in Westborough, MA.
Amtrak #1137 on its way through Westborough, MA on June 25, 2008.
Amtrak's Downeaster in Old Orchard Beach and Saco, Maine on August 29, 2008.
Amtrak California Capitol Corridor train on its way through Rodeo from Sacramento to San Jose on Saturday, November 29, 2008.

Page Thirty-six

Panoramic view of San Diego rail, September 1999.
Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited heading west through Westborough, Mass on April 10, 2009.
Virgin Rail Pendolinoin southern Scotland on its way to Glasgow from London on the West Coast Main Line in late April, 2009.
Westbound Phoenix Valley Metro light rail train arriving in Tempe's Mill Street station mid-day in July 2009.

Page Thirty-seven

Amtrak's Acela approaches Boston's South Station, mid August, 2009.
Amtrak's Downeaster arriving in Exeter, NH, on its way to Portland from Boston on October 12, 2009.

December 6, 2009 - Amtrak's LakeShore Ltd. in Westborough, Massachusetts
Commuter trains in Towaco, NJ in 1966 and 2009.

Page Thirty-eight

Santa Fe Southern consist and Rail Runner at Sante Fe RR Station, October 2009.
Capitol Corridor train arriving in Davis, California on a foggy day in November, 2006.
Amtrak's southbound Acela in Mystic, Connecticut. July 1, 2010.
BNSF officer train in Emeryville, CA on August 21, 2010.

Page Thirty-nine

January 1, 2010, and here's the Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited cruising through Westborough, MA, on its way to Chicago.
A San Joaquin from Bakersfield to Jack London Square in Oakland, August, 2010.
New Jersey Transit Gladstone Branch Budd Arrow II train set approaching Bernardsville, October, 2009.
UK trains in Newcastle, May, 2011.

Page Forty

Amtrak's Downeaster under an overpass in Kennebunk, Maine, on its way to Boston on June 20, 2011.
Napa Valley Wine Train at its northern terminus in St. Helena, November 2006.
MBTA Commuter Rail train from North Station, Boston, arriving in the Littleton/495 station in Feb. 2005.
Shoreline East commuter run arrives at its terminus in New London, Ct, mid-July 2011.

Page Forty-One

HST 125 train on its way from London and Edinburgh to Aberdeen, Scotland, May 2011.
A mid-1960s photo of the Reading Company's Crusader, photographed in West Trenton, NJ.
Amtrak's Coast Starlight pulls into the Emeryville station, bound from Seattle to Los Angeles on August 20, 2012.
NJ Transit train in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, October, 2012.


Page Forty-Two

Rock Island Line's Corn Belt Rocket entering Grinnell, Iowa, on a snowy day in 1969.
A Worcester westbound MBTA on its way through Westborough, Massachusetts, December, 2012.
Amtrak's expanded Downeaster at Wells, Maine, February 23, 2013.
Capitol Corridor train from Sacramento to San Jose in the Berkeley station on May 19, 2013.


Page Forty-Three

Amtrak's Acela at full speed in Kingston, RI, July 2013.
Aboard the California Zephyr, mid-September 2013.
Happy Holidays 2013-14 from Friends of Amtrak
Boston section of Amtrak's Lakeshore Ltd. on a frigid New England day, January 2014.


Page Forty-Four

Amtrak's Downeaster arriving in Dover, New Hampshire in July, 2013.
California Corridor and California Zephyr trains at Berkeley, CA, September 2014.
Boston section of the Lake Shore Limited cruising along the shores of Mill Pond in Westborough, Massachusetts, October 2014.
Amtrak's Downeaster in Wells, Maine January 2006.


Page Forty-Five

Grand Canyon Railway train in the depths of winter 2008.
It's afternoon commuter time in Lisle, Illinois, in September 2006, and Metra trains on the BNSF main line make for a happy pair.
Amtrak's Southwest Chief arriving in Lamy, NM on April 14, 2016.
Acelas parked at Boston South Station in August 2004.


Page Forty-Six

Two Amtrak Downeasters in Wells, Maine, September 2016.
Amtrak's "new" Lake Shore Limited's Boston section cruising west through Westborough, Mass, November 5, 2016.
MBTA local train on its run between Boston and Worcester, MA on January 29, 2017.

California Zephyr ready to depart from Emeryville to Chicago.

Page Forty-Seven

San Joaquin with single level Comet cars on its way from Berkeley to Bakersfield, September 2017.
Boston section of Lake Shore Limited heading to Chicago, winter 2012 in Westborough, MA.
Coast Starlight leaving Emeryville with 16 cars on its way down to Los Angeles, September 2012.
Amtrak's California Zephyr arriving in Colfax, California, on its way to Chicago in October, 2005.


Page Forty-Eight

Amtrak dining car cutbacks. What's going on?
Amtrak's Downeaster Screwed!
Friends of Amtrak takes on Amtrak CEO on Southwest Chief
Sonoma-Marin area Rail Transit (SMART) trains at the Navato Hamilton station on August 15, 2018.


Page Forty-Nine

Amtrak's Downeaster at Wells, Maine, October 22, 2018.


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