As our time warp into the future comes to a close the final installment is Amtrak Train #91 / 92 "Silver Star"
This train has been added to the modern passenger fleet of the New York Central Train Layout and so named for Rick P, or Sir Rick, as he is known on Trainlife.com. Rick, a South Carolinian, is a fellow modeler and a fan of the Atlantic Coast Line RR. Several of the cars that now make up the consist for the "Silver Star" were purchased from Sir Rick in March 2014 as part of a large purchase of project cars that were in decent shape but needed a bit of work to repair, restore and upgrade.
The Prototype: Listed in the Amtrak's Atlantic Coast Service time table #91 "Silver Star" travels from Boston, Massachusetts to New York's Penn Station and south through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and terminates in Miami Florida. Train #92 is the north bound version. Silver Star seems to serve the locales of both of our model railroads. Train #97 /98 "Silver Meteor" which serves many of the same major cities but with different stops in South Carolina may end up the closer train to our layout locales. If so a correction will be announced.
The Models: Four Amtrak phase III Super Liners from ConCor were already on the roster. The purchase from Sir Rick added three additional ConCor Super Liners in phase IV paint, a Material Handling Car in Phase IV and an R.P.O. in phase III. The R.P.O. travels from Boston and is cut off at Empire City. All models received additional weight. The Super Liners received talgo mounted McHenry #53 couplers.