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Boston
My name is Wayne and I'm from the Boston area. This forum seems to have many enthusiasts and employees of Amtrak, so I figured I'd make an account.

I work for the MBTA as a motorperson and have plans to join Amtrak in the future and make my way up to becoming a locomotive engineer (Though I've been trying to get my foot in the door for the last 4 years with no luck). I like trains and do enjoy operating them. Fun fact about myself: The challenge of barreling towards a station, stopping in just the right spot and doing it so smoothly that the passengers don't even notice until I open the doors is super satisfying to me.:cool:

Anyway, just making this first post to say hi to everyone, so.....hi.
 

Bob Dylan

50+ Year Amtrak Rider
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May 31, 2009
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Austin Texas
Good to have another Member from Beantown on AU! We have a New York Member who's a Subway Motorman, and as you said, many Amtrak Employees, both active and Retired, but most of us are just Train Lovers!
 

John Santos

Lead Service Attendant
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Jun 24, 2018
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Welcome to AU!
I’m also from Boston area. I live in Cambridge near Alewife station.
I knew you were from the Boston area, but didn't realize you live near Alewife. Hi, neighbor! I live in Belmont, just over the Cambridge line and within walking distance of Alewife.
Hi Wayne, welcome to the group!
 

joelkfla

Conductor
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Oct 16, 2018
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12 miles from Walt Disney World
My name is Wayne and I'm from the Boston area. This forum seems to have many enthusiasts and employees of Amtrak, so I figured I'd make an account.

I work for the MBTA as a motorperson and have plans to join Amtrak in the future and make my way up to becoming a locomotive engineer (Though I've been trying to get my foot in the door for the last 4 years with no luck). I like trains and do enjoy operating them. Fun fact about myself: The challenge of barreling towards a station, stopping in just the right spot and doing it so smoothly that the passengers don't even notice until I open the doors is super satisfying to me.:cool:

Anyway, just making this first post to say hi to everyone, so.....hi.
Curious what you run: heavy rail, LRV, or PCC?
 
Joined
Sep 2, 2021
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Lubec, ME
Hi Wayne. I now live in Maine but spent my high school years living in Boston and riding the red and orange lines to school every day. This was in the days of the El and the 01100 Pullmans on the OL. Cool that you motor on that line. Have you gotten to run the new CRRC cars yet? Welcome to the forum.

I volunteer for the Seashore Trolley Museum here in Maine mostly running the older cars from early last century but did get qualified on our Blue Line 0600 cars which I believe are very similar to your OL 1200 cars.
 
Joined
Jan 22, 2022
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Boston
Hi Wayne. I now live in Maine but spent my high school years living in Boston and riding the red and orange lines to school every day. This was in the days of the El and the 01100 Pullmans on the OL. Cool that you motor on that line. Have you gotten to run the new CRRC cars yet? Welcome to the forum.

I volunteer for the Seashore Trolley Museum here in Maine mostly running the older cars from early last century but did get qualified on our Blue Line 0600 cars which I believe are very similar to your OL 1200 cars.
Yup, and I ran the new 1900 cars on the red line once during training as well. The 1400s operate very smoothly and can really get out of their own way at full throttle. Though, there are some design choices that baffle me as an operator.

The 0600s you mention are pretty much the 1200s but shorter. They can be a mixed bag nowadays. Sometimes I get a set with terrible acceleration, but amazing brakes or one that has trucks with refurbished motors but the suspension is so bad your fillings might get knocked out going over bumpy track.

Thanks for the welcome. Everyone here seems nice.
 

John from RI

Train Attendant
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Oct 6, 2021
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Bloomfield NJ
It's good to meet you, Wayne. I'm John from Providence, RI (actually I grew up in Warwick just south of the Hillsgrove Station). These days Providence seems like a suburb of Boston.
I think you did the right thing working as an engineer for the MBTA and hoping to be able to move to Amtrak. I hope you succeed.
These days I live just west of Newark, NJ. Perhaps one of these days I'll be able to come along and ride your train.
 
Joined
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Boston
It's good to meet you, Wayne. I'm John from Providence, RI (actually I grew up in Warwick just south of the Hillsgrove Station). These days Providence seems like a suburb of Boston.
I think you did the right thing working as an engineer for the MBTA and hoping to be able to move to Amtrak. I hope you succeed.
These days I live just west of Newark, NJ. Perhaps one of these days I'll be able to come along and ride your train.
Thanks for the encouragement. I took a pay cut coming from my old job to this one hoping the experience would help me in my pursuit for a career at Amtrak, so hearing you say that is reassuring.
 
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