MOUNT VERNON
PPCX 800708

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Charlotte to New York, Montreal and return, August 2002



After 40 months of repair and refurbishment, the shop work was finally completed; it was time for MOUNT VERNON's inaugural trip! Since this was also a shakedown trip to test the car, the participants were members of Dominion Rail Voyages, family and friends. We used Amtrak's Carolinian and Adirondack trains for the international journey, spending 2 nights in New York City and 2 nights in Montreal. Since the Amtrak schedules did not provide much time in New York City, the scenic highlights of the trip were the Hudson River, Lake Champlain and Montreal. In general, we were pleased that all systems worked as intended, although we discovered a few "bugs" that were corrected. The car rode smoothly at 110 MPH on Amtrak's NorthEast Corridor between Washington and New York.

 

After breakfast, there is an opportunity to read the newspaper, play cards, and relax while MOUNT VERNON heads north along the east shore of the Hudson River on the rear of Amtrak train 71, The Adirondack.
[Photo by Jack Deasy]

 

Barbara and Katherine enjoy a game of cards as MOUNT VERNON rolls along the Hudson River's east shore.
[Photo by Jack Deasy]

 

Amtrak train 71, The Adirondack, from New York City to Montreal, arrives at Albany-Rensselaer NY. MOUNT VERNON is the rear car in the consist. Albany-Rensselaer's new train station - an impressive structure worthy of a state capitol with a substantial volume of Amtrak service/ridership - is visible in the photo.
[Photo by Richard Longpre]

 

Chef John Mickey prepares another tasty meal in MOUNT VERNON's kitchen.
[Photo by Jack Deasy]

 

Via Rail Canada welcomes travellers to Montreal.
[Photo by Jack Deasy]

 

MOUNT VERNON spent two nights parked on track 16 at Via Rail Canada's Central Station in downtown Montreal QC. A private car can serve as your hotel at many major destinations served by Amtrak and Via Rail Canada.
[Photo by Jack Deasy]

 

While visiting Montreal, we entertained Richard Longpre from St Hubert, QC. Richard is General Manager of the Sleeper Line - the previous owner of MOUNT VERNON. On the right is Bob Willetts, who manages the Lancaster & Chester Railway's passenger operations and who was Project Manager for the refurbishment of MOUNT VERNON in L&C Railway's passenger car shop.
[Photo by Jack Deasy]

 

Elizabeth enjoys her first trip on a private railroad car.
[Photo by Jack Deasy]

 

Dan and Luis relax on the southbound journey from Montreal to New York City. Although both are primarily interested in aviation, railroads have a strong appeal.
[Photo by Jack Deasy]


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