Posts Tagged ‘amtrak’

Penn Station is still confusing and needs improvement

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

amNY has an article about how Penn Station New York is still a terrible transportation hub for riders/pedestrians to navigate. While there’s no new information in the article, it is good that this topic is still being brought up by the media.

Despite some half a billion dollars in improvements over the years, Penn Station is still one of the most difficult transit hubs to figure out, the perennial ugly sister to a majestic Grand Central Terminal.

With its low ceilings, cramped signs, huge crowds, and maze of hallways, travelers say they often find themselves getting lost in the underground labyrinth.

Awesome 1977 Amtrak and Conrail photos around Harrisburg, PA

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

All photos taken by Ed K. Enjoy!!

Amtrak’s National Train Day at New York Penn Station

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Fun giveaways, model trains, and more

Amtrak will be kicking off their 2010 National Train Day celebration with special events at New York Penn Station today beginning at 12:30 PM.

Hopefully the celebration won’t be ruined by things that make the Big Board look like this:

DELAYED...DELAYED...DELAYED... (May 5, 2010)

Penn Station receives escalator delivery

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
new escalator goes here

new escalator goes here

Walking past the construction site Monday, I saw that a door was open, allowing me to see and photograph (with cell phone camera) the empty space where a staircase once was, and where an additional escalator will hopefully soon be.

Then, that evening, I saw an escalator being delivered to Penn Station. As you can see in the photo above, not only is the old staircase gone, but the old escalator is gone too. So I’m not sure if this delivery is of a new escalator, or maybe of the old, but possibly refurbished, escalator. In any event, hopefully this moves the project along. I’m getting tired of wincing every time I see people struggling to carry large suitcases down the stairs (when there are clear signs pointing to other entrances with escalators).

escalator delivery - 30 minutes or it's free

escalator delivery - 30 minutes or it's free

New York By Rail – Amtrak Travel Trade Show at Penn Station TODAY

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009


Today at New York Penn Station there is a travel trade show that focuses on New York State destinations reachable by Amtrak. I picked up a lot of good travel destination information. These are the people who put out the New York By Rail publication.

Here are some photos I took:

Disney’s Christmas Carol Train Tour coming to Grand Central Terminal

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Disney is sending a charter train around the country over the next few months to promote its upcoming movie “A Christmas Carol”. From the photos included in the USA Today and Reuters Blog articles, it looks like the train is made up of baggage cars with exterior advertising wraps and complete interior sets. The press release further reveals that Amtrak locomotives will haul the train, and a “private car” will also be included in the consist. Looks like Amtrak P42 157 will be doing the honors.

Anyhow, the train is scheduled to end its tour with a visit to Metro-North’s Grand Central Terminal in New York City between October 30 and November 1, 2009.

New escalators at Penn Station street entrance

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

New escalators under construction at Penn Station

New escalators under construction at Penn Station

At the Eighth Avenue / 31st Street entrance to Amtrak’s concourse at Penn Station, there exists two staircases and a single escalator. The escalator usually runs up in the AM rush (until 10 AM) and runs down at all other times. Though sometimes it runs in the wrong direction for the time period.

Well, that problem now seems to have a solution – one of the staircases and the single escalator are both behind a construction wall, with signage indicating that two new escalators are being constructed. So it seems that at completion, there will be full time up and down escalators at this entrance, and one staircase. If Amtrak can keep these new escalators in running condition, then this should be a welcome improvement to this entrance.

Amtrak Quik-Trak Machines Down

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Amtrak Quik-Trak machines out of service on March 13. 2009

Amtrak Quik-Trak machines out of service on March 13, 2009

Amtrak’s Quik-Trak Self-Service Ticketing Kiosks at New York Penn Station are all out of service. Customers are being told that their email confirmation printouts will be accepted onboard the trains as tickets for today only. Also, tickets will be sold onboard for today only. If you have a reservation, but don’t have your email confirmation printout, I believe you need to wait in a huge line at the Amtrak ticket windows.

British Transport Police Patrol New York’s Penn Station

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
British Transport Police patrol New York's Penn Station in an exchange program with the Amtrak Police Department.

British Transport Police patrol New York's Penn Station in an exchange program with the Amtrak Police Department.

Walking through the Amtrak concourse at the rathole Penn Station this morning, I came upon the gaggle of British Transport Police (BTP), still decked out in the traditional Bobby’s helmets and all, who were last seen in Philly on Tuesday. After checking out Dunkin’ Donuts at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, maybe they came up to New York to check out Krispy Kreme? I’m kidding. I did not see them stop by the Krispy Kreme store in the Amtrak Rotunda. But when I left, they were heading in that direction…

Actually, their Late Winter 09 Tour schedule was published in a couple news articles on Tuesday about the exchange program with Amtrak Police, but I didn’t notice them. So it’s a good thing I was running a few minute late today!

Here are the photos that I took. Note: I was thankfully not arrested for taking these photos 🙂

Amtrak guerrilla marketing campaign?

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

I saw this ad and many others plastered over the normal ads on my New York City Subway train this evening. I doubt it is a real marketing campaign by Amtrak. So who did it?