A Day at the Amtrak Keystone Line


Today I visited the Amtrak Keystone Line, which runs from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. Coming from the Sunbury Line, the speed of the trains was unimaginable. Each train that passed (minus the NS pair) was going somewhere around 60, and even then, most of them were quiet, especially the one that ran backwards.

ACS-64 on the Amtrak Keystone Line

ACS-64 on the Amtrak Keystone Line

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

This is a photo of an Amtrak ACS-64 moving eastbound on the Amtrak Keystone Line. [more info]

Some thoughts:

  • Coming from the NS Sunbury Line, these Amtrak trains go insanely fast. There’s very little time to get your camera ready.
  • This line (at least where I was) has CPL signals. Pretty cool.
  • I saw 6 trains in 2 and a half hours. On my line, you can go 5-6 hours before seeing any trains.
  • The new ACS-64s don’t seem to emit reliable HOTD beeps on the radio. I couldn’t rely on my scanner to tell me when a train was coming.

CPL Signal on the Amtrak Keystone Line

CPL Signal on the Amtrak Keystone Line

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

This is a still-operational Color Position Light Signal on the Amtrak Keystone Line. [more info]

Post by Max on 06 April 2019
Categories: railfanning