HiDef: Shave and a Haircut (x2) From Amtrak 49, Plus Lots More Action in Amsterdam, N.Y. 5/13/11.

The evening of Friday, May 13th started off cloudy with rain in the area. But things cleared up very nicely by 6:30 and it ended up being a beautiful night. A lucky 7 trains, on an unlucky day, rolled through between 5:10 and 7:50, enjoy!

Train 1 - 5:10 P.M.
Things started working for me right away. Coming into town on Route 5 I saw Q627-13 was lined up with a green signal, meaning he was less than a mile behind me. I got a quick picture of him as he approached the station. The engineer was pretty friendly.

Train 2 - 5:19 P.M.
Shortly afterward is a good sized Q620-12 headed east with my least favorite locomotive leading and an SD40-2 trailing. Note the FRED on the front of the 8503.

CSXT SD50-2 #8503
CSXT SD40-2 #8807 (built CR #6379 in 8/77)

Train 3 - 6:53 P.M.
After a long wait, Q162-13 opens the floodgates, heading east, with a pair of older GEs working hard at the long intermodal train.

CSXT C40-8W #7908
CSXT C40-8 #7558

Train 4 - 7:02 P.M.
X017-13 lite engines moves through with a nice crew. I believe it operates on Friday evenings, transferring engines back to Syracuse or another yard due to a train that goes to Selkirk, but doesn't return back on this day of the week.

CSXT ES40DC #5217
CSXT C40-8W #7655
CSXT C40-8 #7515
CSXT ES44AH #884

Train 5 - 7:03 P.M.
As soon as X017 is around the bend, a hour + late Amtrak 64 arrives with P42DC #107. If you watch closely on the departure shot you can see the signal on track 2 turn to red, meaning that a westbound is on its way.

Train 6 - 7:11 P.M.
K409-13, ethanol empties, is next up cruising west on track 2. I left the camera on for a little while because the sound was carrying extremely well that night and you could hear the horn several miles down.

CSXT ES40DC #5331
CSXT SD50 #8510

Train 7- 7:48 P.M.
A great way to end the night is Amtrak 49, the westbound Lakeshore Limited, flying through Amsterdam with an awesome engineer giving a "Shave and a Haircut" horn salute (and more) after he passes the camera. Listen closely for it and thanks for watching.