Here are my pictures and notes from riding the Amtrak Autumn Express up and down the Hudson River Valley on October 15, 2017.
The Autumn Express runs on two days: Saturday, and Sunday.
The first thing that I noticed upon arriving to the track was how many cheerful, happy Amtrak volunteers were working.
You could tell they were volunteers because they were wearing orange shirts branded with the Autumn Express logos.
Agenda and Schedule
During this trip, we passed by such famous sights as:
- New York Penn Station
- Newark, New Jersey
- New York Harbor
- Bear Mountain Bridge
- Storm King Mountain
- West Point (United States military academy)
- Poughkeepsie Bridge
- Alfred H. Smith Memorial Bridge
- The ex-NYC Water Level Route
- Pollepel Island (Bannerman’s Castle)
- Break Neck Tunnel
- Spuyten Duyvil moveable bridge
- Amtrak Empire Connection
Rail fans: People who make videos, pictures, etc of trains. Like plane spotters.
Foamers: Derogatory term for particularly excited rail fans.
Many videos on YouTube, search for “Amtrak Autumn 2017”
Thank you to my friend Danielle Strle who bought the tickets and invited me as her guest. Read her awesome stuff gift guide! I would definitely recommend this experience and hope to do it again in 2018.
Related: Danielle and me joined a First Aid and CPR workshop in New York City.